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Patch featured Pace University in "Convene Inaugural Social Justice Week Across Campuses"

10/22/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "Convene Inaugural Social Justice Week Across Campuses"

To educate and empower the Pace Community on topics connected to social and racial justice, inclusion and equality while honoring the memory of former student Danroy "DJ" Henry Jr., who was killed by a police officer 10 years ago, Pace University will host the inaugural Social Justice Week, the University today announced.

The week-long series runs from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30 and includes social justice-centered programming consisting of nearly 50 events created by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Pace University is committed to being an anti-racist institution and Social Justice Week has one goal: to foster advocacy within us all and this starts with education, empowerment and passion. Events are free and some are open to the public.

"This October marks 10 years since the tragic death of DJ Henry, a promising young Pace student and football player," said Marvin Krislov, Pace's president. "As we reflect on his life, I am pleased that our campus community is choosing to celebrate DJ's commitment to justice with this Social Justice Week series of programming. I hope this annual event will serve as a recommitment to work toward our goals of equality and other positive change."

The week will kick off with an overview of how Pace students are leading the charge on advocacy and making a difference on campus and in their communities. Other highlights include an oral history from the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement; a discussion with the president of the National Urban League; presentations about topics such as diversity in the workforce, the gender gap in the technology field, and a conversation with a death row exoneree, among many others topics. 

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Patch featured Pace University in "United Way Non-Profit Leadership Summit Focused on Diversity"

10/21/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "United Way Non-Profit Leadership Summit Focused on Diversity"

Over 800 viewers streamed the 18th annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit, which was hosted by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam last week. The weeklong virtual summit celebrated diversity, equity, and inclusion, by having five keynote speakers share why creating a diverse environment that supports equity and inclusion is important for nonprofits and other organizations. The goal was to help encourage nonprofit organizations to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values throughout their operations, programs, and leadership. Nonprofit Leadership Summit Sponsors included: TD Bank, Con Edison, Nonprofit Westchester, Council Services Plus,HRG – Hospitality Resource Group, Marks Paneth, Paycor, Association of Development Officers, Fordham University, MVP Healthcare, Pace University, Westchester Local Development Corp., and Westchester Library System.

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Patch featured Elisabeth Haub Law School in "2019-2020 Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy"

10/08/2020

Patch featured Elisabeth Haub Law School in "2019-2020 Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy"

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University will confer the 2019-2020 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy in memoriam on environmental defenders who have lost their lives defending their land and the environment from destructive industries.

The award ceremony will be held online via Zoom from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, October 12—Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The ceremony will be preceded by a panel discussion featuring distinguished environmental advocates and activists. Please register here.

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Patch featured Jacqueline Cassagnol in "Pace student Wins National Jefferson Award"

09/29/2020

Patch featured Jacqueline Cassagnol in "Pace student Wins National Jefferson Award"

A Pace University doctoral student who founded an international first responder organization in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti has won a 2020 Jefferson Award, a prestigious national honor that recognizes America's top change makers and ordinary citizens who are doing extraordinary acts of public service. 

In selecting Jacqueline Cassagnol for a National Award for Outstanding Public Service, Multiplying Good, the nonprofit organization that administers the Awards, cited the Rockland County resident's on-the-ground life-saving volunteer work in Haiti and her subsequent creation of Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc., which provides health education, first-aid and disaster preparedness training to people in the United States and Haiti. Since the organization was established in 2011, it has educated and trained more than 350,000 community members in critical life-saving skills.

Cassagnol, a doctoral candidate in nursing at Pace's College of Health Professions, is the first student from Pace to earn the national honor, and the third member of the Pace community. She joins an impressive list of people who have earned an award that is often considered the "Nobel Prize for Public Service." This year's other national winners include actress and activist Kristen Bell, Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler, and TOMS clothing brand.

A virtual ceremony was held Thursday evening and can be viewed here.

"I couldn't be prouder of Jacqueline Cassagnol's many accomplishments, now including becoming Pace University's first-ever student national Jefferson Award winner," said Pace President Marvin Krislov. "Pace students are committed to serving our community, and Jacqueline embodies that. I'm impressed and inspired by her leadership, hard work, and dedication. She is truly deserving of this great honor."

Over the past four decades, the list of Jefferson Award recipients has included hundreds of national figures — both public and private —more than 63,000 unsung heroes, and tens of thousands of employees and young people that represent the good that is happening in communities across the country. The list of winners includes an impressive who's who of cultural icons, political dignitaries and everyday community members and volunteers.

"For nearly 50 years, we've used recognition to inspire everyone to find a way to serve others," explained Hillary Schafer, CEO of Multiplying Good. "By celebrating service on a national stage, we elevate the spirit of America, the resiliency of its people, and the good that is all around us."

"Jefferson Award recipients represent the highest level of service to others," Schafer continued. "By telling their stories, we encourage them to do even more and inspire others to make a difference through service."

The Jefferson Awards is the nation's largest and longest-running awards ceremony honoring public service. The Awards, which are traditionally held twice a year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., were entirely online this year. It was presented as a one-hour streaming video and aired a collection of inspiring stories that celebrate unparalleled service to others. It also included special recognition of One in a Million awards campaign winners who've had a positive impact through service in the face of crises. 

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Patch featured Pace University in "Ossining Explore & Learn Returns in October with Outdoor Classes"

09/25/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "Ossining Explore & Learn Returns in October with Outdoor Classes"

The Ossining School District's popular Saturday Explore & Learn Program returns next month, with outdoor activities like futsal, hikes, tennis and art at school buildings and local recreation areas, and lessons at Mike Risko Music. Ossining schools are collaborating with multiple organizations for Saturday Explore & Learn, including the Ossining Public Library, Teatown Lake Reservation, Mike Risko Music, Neighbors Link, United Martial Arts Centers, Pace University, the Ossining Historical Society Museum, NY Ecuador F.C. and the Crossover Yoga Project.

Ossining schools are collaborating with multiple organizations for Saturday Explore & Learn, including the Ossining Public Library, Teatown Lake Reservation, Mike Risko Music, Neighbors Link, United Martial Arts Centers, Pace University, the Ossining Historical Society Museum, NY Ecuador F.C. and the Crossover Yoga Project. The district is grateful to the Ossining Matters foundation for sponsoring the program.

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Patch featured Pace University's Environmental Policy Clinic in "Gov. Cuomo Signs Pace University's Endangered Species Bill"

09/25/2020

Patch featured Pace University's Environmental Policy Clinic in "Gov. Cuomo Signs Pace University's Endangered Species Bill"

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed into law a bill increasing New York State's powers to protect endangered species from the threat of federal policies that weaken protections. The bill was based on research conducted by student clinicians in Pace University's Environmental Policy Clinic.

Alumna Allie Granger '19, as a student, found a loophole in the five-decade old state law that would allow the U.S. Department of the Interior to remove any species its designation had automatically placed on the New York State list, even if the state believed those species still needed protection. In such a case, the state would then have to launch its own research and regulatory process, which could leave species unprotected indefinitely, according to Granger.

The new law, sponsored by Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and Senator Todd Kaminsky, empowers the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation to protect the state's animals and plants, "regardless of the removal of such designation as an endangered or threatened species by the Secretary of the Interior." 

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