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Insight Into Diversity featured Pace University in "Pace University Plans Social Justice Week to Honor Student Killed by Police"

10/23/2020

Insight Into Diversity featured Pace University in "Pace University Plans Social Justice Week to Honor Student Killed by Police"

This past Saturday, October 17, marked 10 years since Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., an unarmed, 20-year-old Pace University student and football player, was fatally shot by a Pleasantville, NY, police officer.

To honor the life of Henry, Pace University will host a new annual commemoration called “Social Justice Week” starting on Monday, October 26. The event, which was created by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be recognized at both Pace campus locations and will feature a series of social justice-centered programs.

The goal of the event is “to foster advocacy within us all” through education, empowerment, and passion, according to Pace’s website.

Social Justice Week is intentionally planned around Henry’s birthday, October 29, on which he would’ve turned 31 this year. To celebrate his life, Pace’s Black Student Union will host a rally bringing attention to social justice issues.

“We are raising awareness for a variety of issues, but centering our whole week around the tragic loss of DJ Henry in 2010,” Pace’s website states.

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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. 

Read the full Patch article.

 

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Wellesley Townsman featured Pace University’s Social Justice Week in "Pace University, college of Easton’s DJ Henry, plans social justice week after 10th anniversary of his death"

10/21/2020

Wellesley Townsman featured Pace University’s Social Justice Week in "Pace University, college of Easton’s DJ Henry, plans social justice week after 10th anniversary of his death"

While this is the first year Pace will hold Social Justice Week, the university says it will occur annually around Henry’s birthday, Oct. 29.

To honor the life of Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., a Pace University student from Easton who was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer 10 years ago Saturday, the university will host an annual social justice week in October.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, programming during social justice week will focus on access, equity, rights, participation and the intersectional nature of social justice. While this is the first year Pace will hold Social Justice Week, the university says it will occur annually around Henry’s birthday, Oct. 29.

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The (Easton) Examiner featured Pace’s Social Justice Week honoring DJ Henry in "Pace University, college of Easton’s DJ Henry, plans social justice week after 10th anniversary of his death"

10/19/2020

The (Easton) Examiner featured Pace’s Social Justice Week honoring DJ Henry in "Pace University, college of Easton’s DJ Henry, plans social justice week after 10th anniversary of his death"

While this is the first year Pace will hold Social Justice Week, the university says it will occur annually around Henry’s birthday, Oct. 29.

To honor the life of Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., a Pace University student from Easton who was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer 10 years ago Saturday, the university will host an annual social justice week in October.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, programming during social justice week will focus on access, equity, rights, participation and the intersectional nature of social justice. While this is the first year Pace will hold Social Justice Week, the university says it will occur annually around Henry’s birthday, Oct. 29.

Ten years ago was Pace’s homecoming weekend, when the 20-year-old Henry was a key player on the football team. The game was being played against his high school best friend, Brandon Cox, and his hometown’s college, Stonehill.

Following the game the families, who had come to town from Easton to cheer on their sons, all went out to dinner together, Pace University President Marvin Krislov described in a letter sent to students, staff and faculty on Friday.

After dinner, Henry and his friend joined Pace students at Finnegan’s Grill, a popular Thornwood nightspot for college students. While leaving the bar after a fight broke out on Oct. 17, 2010, Henry was shot and killed by Pleasantville police officer Aaron Hess.

“It has never been entirely clear what happened outside the bar later that evening. But by the time the night was over, DJ — who was Black — was lying in handcuffs on the sidewalk, dead,” Krislov said.

Henry was driving away from a fire zone outside of Finnegan’s Grill when Hess stepped in front to stop him and raised his gun. Hess landed on the hood of Henry’s car and fired into the windshield, killing Henry and wounding a passenger, officials said. No criminal charges were filed against Hess, who is white.

Social Justice Week will be an annual event, scheduled each year around Henry’s birthday. On Oct. 29, what would have been Henry’s 31st birthday, the Black Student Union in Pleasantville is hosting a rally celebrating his life and bringing attention to social justice issues at Finnerty Field on Pace’s Mount Pleasant campus.

The university has already dedicated the clock tower in front of the Goldstein Fitness Center on campus to Henry, where it has held memorial services for him in the past.

Additionally, on Saturday the Pleasantville Student Government Association will lead a walk from Finnerty Field to the clock tower, where a candlelight vigil will be held in Henry’s memory, Krislov said.

Pace’s football team has also decided to retire Henry’s jersey, No. 12, to honor his life.

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Lohud- The Journal News featured Pace’s Social Justice Week in "DJ Henry: Pace plans social justice week to honor student killed by police"

10/19/2020

Lohud- The Journal News featured Pace’s Social Justice Week in "DJ Henry: Pace plans social justice week to honor student killed by police"

To honor the life of Danroy "DJ" Henry Jr., a Pace University student who was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer ten years ago Saturday, the university will host an annual social justice week in October. Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, programming during social justice week will focus on access, equity, rights, participation and the intersectional nature of social justice. While this is the first year Pace will hold Social Justice Week, the university says it will occur annually around Henry's birthday, Oct. 29. Ten years ago was Pace's Homecoming weekend, when the 20-year-old Henry was a key player on the football team. The game was being played against his high school best friend. Following the game the families, who had come to town from Easton, Massachusetts, to cheer on their sons, all went out to dinner together, Pace University President Marvin Krislov described in a letter sent to students, staff and faculty on Friday.

Read the full Journal News article.

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News12 featured student organizers of the campus vigil for DJ Henry and how the Pace community is planning its first Social Justice Week in "Pace University students pause to remember school athlete shot by Pleasantville officer 10 years ago"

10/19/2020

News12 featured student organizers of the campus vigil for DJ Henry and how the Pace community is planning its first Social Justice Week in "Pace University students pause to remember school athlete shot by Pleasantville officer 10 years ago"

Now Pace students who were in elementary and middle school at the time of Henry's death are honoring his memory. "When we think about DJ Henry and we think about what he means to me personally, I think about how I can be a better person, how I can do more on campus. How I can change more," says student Stephanie Nazario. And while the tensions between police and people of color have continued over the last decade, some students say they have hope for the future. "I'm super proud of our generation and I just hope that we continue that as we get older. I hope this isn't just a trend," says Annabel Keppel-Palmer. The students continue to tell Henry's story and plan to continue their work with an annual "Social Justice Week," which will start on Oct. 26.

Watch the News12 clip.

Additional N12 coverage of the vigil is here.

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