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"Westmore" featured Professor Kim Collica-Cox in "Facts of Life"

07/18/2018

"Westmore" featured Professor Kim Collica-Cox in "Facts of Life"

On June 28, Pace University Criminal Justice Professor Kim Collica-Cox, Ph.D. won a prestigious national Jefferson Award for outstanding public service, related to her innovative animal assisted therapy program which helps heal mothers incarcerated at Westchester County jail.

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"Daily Voice" featured Criminal Justice Professor Kim Collica-Cox in "Pace University Criminal Justice Professor Wins Prestigious National Award"

07/16/2018

"Daily Voice" featured Criminal Justice Professor Kim Collica-Cox in "Pace University Criminal Justice Professor Wins Prestigious National Award"

  Pace University Criminal Justice Professor Kim Collica-Cox won a prestigious national Jefferson Award for outstanding public service.

She was honored for her innovative animal-assisted therapy program which helps to heal mothers incarcerated at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.

Developed in partnership with the county’s Department of Correction and non-profit Good Dog Foundation -- "Parenting, Prison and Pups’" pairs incarcerated mothers with trained therapy dogs to teach them parenting skills as part of their return home after release.

Collica-Cox won the award over 75 other nominees nationwide. She was cheered at the ceremony by her daughters Antoinette, 24, and Annalise, 6.

Nationally, "Parenting, Prison and Pups" is the first program of its kind to incorporate animal-assisted therapy into a structured classroom curriculum. It helps instill trust in female inmates, many of whom have experienced prior trauma and violence or suffer from mental health issues and addiction.

In working with therapy dogs, the program enhances their parenting skills in an effort to return them to their families and reduce intergenerational incarceration.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created in 1972 by Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis and others in public service. The Foundation partners nationally with groups such as the NFL, Yale University, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors in an effort to foster meaningful public service for underserved populations and youth.

In addition to Collica-Cox, the Jefferson Foundation honored Super Bowl Champion Chris Long, who donated his entire 2018 salary to underserved youth; billionaire philanthropist Elaine Wynn; and Pia Phillips and Abbie Nelson, teenagers who founded Pab’s Packs, an organization which custom designs backpacks for seriously ill children.

Westchester Commissioner of Correction Joseph K. Spano said: “Professor Collica-Cox’s receipt of this prestigious award confirms her commitment to ensuring that incarcerated mothers are provided with transferable skills that are critical for a safe and productive reunification with their families." 

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"Westchestergov.com" featured Dyson professor Kim Collica-Cox in "Pace Professor Wins National Service Award for County Jail's Animal-Assisted Mothering Program"

07/12/2018

"Westchestergov.com" featured Dyson professor Kim Collica-Cox in "Pace Professor Wins National Service Award for County Jail's Animal-Assisted Mothering Program"

July 10, 2018 -- On Thursday, June 28, Pace University Criminal Justice Professor Kim Collica-Cox, Ph.D. won a prestigious national Jefferson Award for outstanding public service, related to her innovative animal-assisted therapy program which helps to heal mothers incarcerated at the Westchester County jail.

Developed in partnership with the County’s Department of Correction and non-profit The Good Dog Foundation, the ‘Parenting, Prison and Pups’ pairs incarcerated mothers with trained therapy dogs to teach them parenting skills as part of their return home after release. Professor Collica-Cox won the award over 75 other nominees nationwide, cheered on at the ceremony by her daughters Antoinette, 24, and Annalise, 6.

Parenting, Prison and Pups is one of 22+ inmate recovery programs in place at the Westchester County Jail. Nationally, it is the first program of its kind to incorporate animal-assisted therapy into a structured classroom curriculum and instills trust in female inmates, many of whom have experienced prior trauma and violence or suffer from mental health issues and addiction.  In working with therapy dogs, the program enhances their parenting skills in an effort to return them to their families and to reduce intergenerational incarceration.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created in 1972 by Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis and other members of public service.  The Foundation partners nationally with groups such as the NFL, Yale University, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors in an effort to foster meaningful public service for underserved populations and youth. In addition to Dr. Collica-Cox, the Jefferson Foundation honored Super Bowl Champion Chris Long, who donated his entire 2018 salary to underserved youth, billionaire philanthropist Elaine Wynn, and  Pia Phillips and Abbie Nelson, teenagers who founded Pab’s Packs,  an organization which custom designs backpacks for seriously ill children.

Commissioner of Correction Joseph K. Spano said: “Professor Collica-Cox’s receipt of this prestigious award confirms her commitment to ensuring that incarcerated mothers are provided with transferable skills that are critical for a safe and productive reunification with their families.  Programs like Parenting, Prison and Pups have resulted in a steady decline in our inmate population – to the lowest level since 1986.  This benefit is two-fold: a lower inmate population results in a safer working environment for staff, while also allowing us to provide more programming opportunities for those individuals who are in custody.”

Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., Dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace said: “Professor Collica-Cox truly epitomizes the goals of the Jefferson Award: not only is she fully engaged in supporting an often-forgotten community of incarcerated women, but she has also engaged Pace University students in life-changing experiences with this community. Her personal commitment is expanding outward through her mentoring of students, to touch more and more lives in positive and uplifting ways. She is truly an influential role model and we are very excited to see her excellent work acknowledged with this prestigious award.”

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"Rockland County Times" featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Pace University Professor from New City Honored with Greatest Public Service by an Employee Award by Jefferson Foundation"

07/06/2018

"Rockland County Times" featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Pace University Professor from New City Honored with Greatest Public Service by an Employee Award by Jefferson Foundation"

Pace University Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD, a resident of New City, was honored on June 28 at the National Ceremony of the Jefferson Awards Foundation in Washington, D.C., in the category of Greatest Public Service by an Employee.  The Jefferson Awards Foundation is the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to inspiring and celebrating public service.

“Recognizing individuals who are making a positive difference in their communities – and encouraging people to follow their lead – has never been more important,” said Hillary Schafer, Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO. “The Jefferson Awards Foundation is proud to continue its long tradition of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.”

Collica-Cox has spent nearly 19 years working with incarcerated populations and implementing programs to support them. Collica-Cox is a certified Prison Rape Elimination Act and American Correctional Association auditor and serves as a professional trainer in the cross-section between HIV and incarceration. Since 1997, she has worked with inmates, correctional staff, and community-based service providers. At Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, she serves as the adviser to the Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Phi Sigma student organizations. She developed a civic engagement course, which resulted in the creation and implementation of the Parenting, Prison and Pups (PPP) program, volunteering her time as the program’s director and lead trainer. In partnership with the Good Dog Foundation, PPP is an animal assisted therapy-integrated parenting program offered to female inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan and at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, NY.

“Professor Collica-Cox truly epitomizes the goals of the Jefferson Award: not only is she fully engaged in supporting an often-forgotten community of incarcerated women, but she has also engaged Pace University students in life-changing experiences with this community,” said Nira Herrmann, PhD, dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. “Her personal commitment is expanding outward through her mentoring of students, to touch more and more lives in positive and uplifting ways. She is truly an influential role model and we are very excited to see her excellent work acknowledged with this prestigious award.”

“One major learning objective for our Pace University students is to grasp the complexity of the criminal justice system,” said Joseph Ryan, PhD, head of the criminal justice program at Pace. “It important to understand what happens to those who confined to our jails and prisons. The correction component of the system could be considered an oxymoron. Inmates receive little to no guidance on how to resume a better life upon entry back to society. My colleague, Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox, is at the forefront of not only helping incarcerated mothers become better parents, but to learn how best to maintain a relationship with their children during their incarceration. I have rarely encountered a person with her level of enthusiasm. Kimberly brings light into the lives of those who need guidance. She is truly multiplying goodness.”

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"Daily Journal" featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Jefferson Awards Foundation Honors Local Volunteers at Annual National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C."

07/06/2018

"Daily Journal" featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Jefferson Awards Foundation Honors Local Volunteers at Annual National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C."

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2018) – The Jefferson Awards Foundation, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to inspiring and celebrating public service, honored local volunteers from across the country at its National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2018.“Recognizing individuals who are making a positive difference in their communities – and encouraging people to follow their lead – has never been more important,” said Hillary Schafer, Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO. “The Jefferson Awards Foundation is proud to continue its long tradition of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.”The grassroots winners were honored alongside the 2018 Jefferson Awards Foundation national honorees:

-- Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD of New York, N.Y. o Nominated by Pace University, Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox has spent nearly 19 years working with incarcerated populations and implementing programs to support them. Dr. Collica-Cox is a certified Prison Rape Elimination Act and American Correctional Association auditor and serves as a professional trainer in the cross-section between HIV and incarceration. Since 1997, she has worked with inmates, correctional staff, and community-based service providers. At Pace, she serves as the adviser to the Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Phi Sigma student organizations. She developed a civic engagement course, which resulted in the creation and implementation of the Parenting, Prison and Pups (PPP) program, volunteering her time as the program’s director and lead trainer. PPP is an animal assisted therapy-integrated parenting program offered to female inmates in Manhattan and in Westchester County.

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"My Social Good News" featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Pace University Professor Honored with Greatest Public Service by an Employee by Jefferson Awards Foundation"

07/02/2018

"My Social Good News" featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Pace University Professor Honored with Greatest Public Service by an Employee by Jefferson Awards Foundation"

Pace University Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD, was honored on June 28 at the National Ceremony of the Jefferson Awards Foundation in Washington, D.C., in the category of Greatest Public Service by an Employee. The Jefferson Awards Foundation is the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to inspiring and celebrating public service.

“Recognizing individuals who are making a positive difference in their communities – and encouraging people to follow their lead – has never been more important,” said Hillary Schafer, Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO. “The Jefferson Awards Foundation is proud to continue its long tradition of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.”

Collica-Cox has spent nearly 19 years working with incarcerated populations and implementing programs to support them. Collica-Cox is a certified Prison Rape Elimination Act and American Correctional Association auditor and serves as a professional trainer in the cross-section between HIV and incarceration. Since 1997, she has worked with inmates, correctional staff, and community-based service providers. At Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, she serves as the adviser to the Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Phi Sigma student organizations. She developed a civic engagement course, which resulted in the creation and implementation of the Parenting, Prison and Pups (PPP) program, volunteering her time as the program’s director and lead trainer. In partnership with the Good Dog Foundation, PPP is an animal assisted therapy-integrated parenting program offered to female inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan and at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, NY.

“Professor Collica-Cox truly epitomizes the goals of the Jefferson Award: not only is she fully engaged in supporting an often-forgotten community of incarcerated women, but she has also engaged Pace University students in life-changing experiences with this community,” said Nira Herrmann, PhD, dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. “Her personal commitment is expanding outward through her mentoring of students, to touch more and more lives in positive and uplifting ways. She is truly an influential role model and we are very excited to see her excellent work acknowledged with this prestigious award.”

“One major learning objective for our Pace University students is to grasp the complexity of the criminal justice system,” said Joseph Ryan, PhD, head of the criminal justice program at Pace. “It important to understand what happens to those who confined to our jails and prisons. The correction component of the system could be considered an oxymoron. Inmates receive little to no guidance on how to resume a better life upon entry back to society. My colleague, Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox, is at the forefront of not only helping incarcerated mothers become better parents, but to learn how best to maintain a relationship with their children during their incarceration. I have rarely encountered a person with her level of enthusiasm. Kimberly brings light into the lives of those who need guidance. She is truly multiplying goodness.”

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