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Press Release: No Bathing Suits or Tan Lines for Pace University Students Selecting a Spring Break of Service to Victims of Superstorm Sandy


Press Release: No Bathing Suits or Tan Lines for Pace University Students Selecting a Spring Break of Service to Victims of Superstorm Sandy

Rockaway families still displaced by Superstorm Sandy to receive help from Pace students

NEW YORK, MARCH 7 – Superstorm Sandy struck more than five years ago. Those hardest hit are still struggling to rebuild, and many families have yet to return home. Pace University’s Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) and 16 Pace student volunteers will travel to Rockaway Beach, Queens, to spend their Alternative Spring Break helping those still displaced by that historic storm.

From March 13 to 16, Pace student volunteers will help rebuild houses still damaged by Superstorm Sandy in Rockaway Beach, N.Y. The immersive learning experience will include guest lectures about how race, class, disaster relief policy, cultural attitudes, and political attitudes shape the ways communities have recovered from natural disasters from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017.

“Pace students are doers and strivers,” said Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University. “We believe in learning by doing, and there’s no better way to do that than by giving back to our community. I’m pleased that these students will have this experiential education, and I’m even more pleased that they’re doing good for their fellow New Yorkers.”

“Pace students are helping families who still have not been able to return to their primary homes after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy,” said Dan Botting, associate director of the Center for Community Action and Research at Pace University. “After the headlines die down, people forget about natural disasters and do not realize the long-lasting effects on families in affected areas. Pace has made a long-lasting commitment to help people in our home city who are still trying to resume normalcy in their lives nearly six years later.”

This year, Pace continues to build upon its partnership with SBP, established over the last four

Alternative Spring Break trips. For four days and three nights, students will be volunteering and living in the communities that are still feeling the impact of this disaster. They will also be meeting with local organizations and community members to learn what the future holds for these areas and what needs to be done moving forward.  Students participating in the trip will bring back their experience through blog posts, articles for the student newspapers on both Pace’s New York City and Westchester County campuses, a petition signing, and more.

Since the spring of 2005, CCAR, housed in Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, has sponsored an Alternative Spring Break experience, providing Pace students an opportunity to learn and explore the world through service.  Pace students have also traveled to New Orleans where they helped people rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In New York City, they have served the homeless and hungry as well as those recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Community organizations Pace has worked with include Friends of Rockaway, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, All Hands Volunteers, Housing Works, Ready, Willing, and Able, Metropolitan Council, Coalition for the Homeless, Homes for the Homeless, Greyston Bakery, and more.

Program itinerary provided on request.Link to upcoming ASB 18 student blog posts (not yet live):

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law). The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth.

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