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Social Justice Week 2020

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Pace is furthering its commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion by hosting a Social Justice Week from Sunday, October 25, through Friday, October 30, in memory of DJ Henry. Get involved!

WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK?

Social Justice Week is a series of social justice-centered programs that will be offered on both the NYC and PLV campuses from Monday, October 26, through Friday, October 30. These week-long events are organized in memory of Pace student Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr. Created by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, this initiative has just one goal: to foster advocacy within us all. This starts with education, empowerment, and passion.


There is an Event for Everyone! 

The events for Social Justice Week include a wide variety of topics speaking to the intersectional nature of social justice including many that focus on DJ Henry’s memorial and the larger Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. All events address aspects of the four pillars of social justice—access, equity, rights, and participation. Events address themes including, but not limited to: anti-racism, health and equity, the LGBTQA community, education reform, global impact, self-care, criminal justice reform, BLM, etc. There will also be a wide variety of events, including active learning, skill building, round table discussion, film, lecture, in-person, performance, and community. Programs are being hosted by students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners of all of Pace’s three campuses.

Sample sessions include: A Conversation with Black Westchester; Self-Care for the Activist; Social Justice and Education Reform; Active Allyship; The Struggle Against Nuclear Racism; True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality; Race, Immigration and the Criminal Justice System; Moving Toward Cultural Humility; Schools and the America Dream: Whose Dream is it Anyway?; and Don’t Touch My Hair.

In addition, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement will be hosting a question and answer event on Friday, October 30, 2020 via Zoom, in parternship with the Black Student Union (BSU), Commuter Student Organization (CSO), and Carribean and African Student Association (CASA). More details coming soon! 

There will be a multitude of opportunities throughout the week to learn more about DJ Henry and reflect on what we can do to promote justice. The week will conclude with the annual DJ Henry Memorial, including a retirement of DJ’s Pace football jersey and virtual opportunities for reflection and action for the entire community. During Social Justice Week there are opportunities to learn more about DJ and support the Henry family and the DJ Henry Foundation. In the meantime, feel free to view this short video of DJ’s story.


HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK?

A full calendar of events is coming soon! For any further questions, please email Sue Maxam