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Wilson Makes Waves

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From a billion oysters to endless opportunities for first-generation Latino youth, the Wilson Center is having a busy semester.

Where there’s a Wilson Center, there’s a way. Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship has a lot of exciting things happening this semester.

Third Annual True Partnerships: October 27

The Wilson Center invites you to join them for the third annual True Partnerships discussion. True Partnerships: Best Practices in Collaborations for Social Impact, a conversation about the Billion Oyster Project, will be held on Tuesday, October 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Aniello Bianco Room on the NYC Campus.

Assistant Clinical Professor Lauren Birney, EdD, of Pace’s School of Education and Jon Forrest Dohlin, Wildlife Conservation Society VP and Director of New York Aquarium, will discuss their partnership and the Billion Oyster Project, a unique effort to restore the ecology of New York Harbor through education and engagement of our city’s public school students. The discussion will give attendees insight into effective partnerships among nonprofits and the intricacies of this exciting collaboration.

Register and confirm your attendance here. This event is open to the public.

Social Enterprise in Residence 2015–2016

The Wilson Center has selected Latino U College Access, a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to make college dreams a reality for first generation Latino youth, as the 2015-2016 Social Enterprise in Residence at Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Latino U was founded by Pace double alumna Shirley Buontempo ’84, ’10, who created her vision during a business plan assignment for her social entrepreneurship course in Pace’s MPA program and explored the factors contributing to success among Latino students in higher education with a specific focus on how Latino youth prepare for the college application process as part of her final masters capstone research project.

The Social Enterprise in Residence program connects an innovative social enterprise with the Pace Community, giving the resident organization the opportunity to fully participate in the academic community, and offering Pace students and faculty members a living case study, or learning laboratory, through which to study social enterprise in action.  

Through a series of programs that inform, guide, and support students to apply, enroll, and succeed in college, Latino U ensures that neither economic nor cultural barriers prevent students from reaching their full academic and life potential.

“There is a clear and overwhelming need for our programs,” says Buontempo, executive director and founder. “Among Hispanics in the United States, only nineteen percent of twenty-five to thirty-four year-olds hold a college degree. This is less than half the national rate and lower than all other ethnic groups. Hispanic students often lack access to resources and guidance. Many go through this process entirely on their own, and often under-apply or don’t apply to college at all. Our goal is to advance equity and access to resources so that we can help students challenge the odds and transform their lives.”

For more information, click here.