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Press Release: Pace Program Gives Students an Inside Look at Criminal Justice

05/03/2021

Press Release: Pace Program Gives Students an Inside Look at Criminal Justice

Inside-Out Partnership with Westchester Department of Correction among a Few Nationally to Operate During the Pandemic

17 Students, including six incarcerated men, earned college credit

 

PLEASANTVILLE & VALHALLA, N.Y. (May 3, 2021) – Pace University’s Criminal Justice Department joined with the Westchester County Department of Correction (WCDOC) to complete an Inside-Out course where Pace students learned in tandem with incarcerated students.

This was one of the very few Inside-Out programs able to operate nationally during the pandemic. Students participated virtually in a criminal justice course (CRJ 242) as a writing enhanced class – Crime & Public Policy – earning all participants three college credits for their successful completion. 

Six inside students from the county jail and 11 outside students from Pace University graduated on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, based at Temple University, brings together incarcerated students and campus-based students for a semester long learning experience. Trainings are offered to become Inside-Out facilitators and there are over 150 colleges and universities that participate in the program around the world.

Kimberly Collica-Cox, Ph.D., a criminal justice professor at Pace University, became an Inside-Out instructor last year, and it’s her second year providing college programming for the WCDOC.  The course maintains a focus on theories of crime and crime typologies, as well as criminal justice policy.  Students complete exams, papers, and a group presentation.

Typically, Pace students take this course at the jail alongside incarcerated men and women. This year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the use of innovate tools to maintain course integrity, while preserving the safety and health of all students.  

While the majority of correctional institutions do not allow for the use of internet-based services, the WCDOC continues to be a leader in correctional programming and creative learning practices by allowing for the use of technology, according to Professor Collica-Cox.

The facility’s smart televisions and remote tools allowed the instructor and outside students to “Zoom” with the jail.  Pace University also donated laptops to the jail, which were utilized during class time, to allow the Inside and Outside students to work together on weekly projects in small groups, which is an integral component of the Inside-Out model. 

“The WCDOC has always been committed to the safety of its residents and visitors,” said Collica-Cox. “Their commitment to rehabilitation demonstrates that technology can be used safely and securely to facilitate programming during the most difficult times. We are honored to have the ability to continue Pace’s commitment to social justice and higher education.”      

In addition to this course, Collica-Cox completed a civic engagement class during the fall 2020 semester at the WCDOC: the Parenting, Prison and Pups (PPP) program, which is an animal assisted therapy-integrated parenting program offered to incarcerated women, utilizing similar technology. 

“The impact of education goes beyond the walls of incarceration,” said Nory Padilla, first deputy commissioner, Westchester County Department of Correction. “Education has profound life changing benefits particularly for the incarcerated population. WCDOC is committed to rehabilitation and we welcome the opportunity to partner with Pace University and Dr. Collica-Cox to offer our residents the opportunity to participate in this Inside-Out college class. We are proud of our DOC student’s ability to successfully complete the class and we applaud their hard work, weekly participation and overall commitment to be actively involved in the class.”  

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About Pace University 
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on the Pace News website.

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), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. 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. www.pace.edu/dyson.

 

 

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The Hechinger Report featured President Marvin Krislov teaming up with Stelios Vassilakis, chief programs and strategic initiatives officer at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, on the op-ed "OPINION: How targeted internships are helping students and nonpr

04/22/2021

The Hechinger Report featured President Marvin Krislov teaming up with Stelios Vassilakis, chief programs and strategic initiatives officer at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, on the op-ed "OPINION: How targeted internships are helping students and nonprofits get through the pandemic"

When the coronavirus reached America a year ago, it upended everything about how we live and work. For college students, it meant a quick shift to online classes and shuttered residence halls. It meant virtual commencements and canceled plans.

For many students, it also meant canceled internship opportunities. And that was a bigger problem than you might realize.

Internships can play as critical a role in a student’s educational and career success as their academic coursework, providing crucial opportunities to learn by doing and gain professional experience.

Perhaps even more importantly — especially for students from historically underrepresented groups — internships help build professional networks that can support them throughout their careers.

In addition, students overwhelmingly report that internships help them focus their career goals, national research shows. Paying internships often provide much-needed income that helps make college possible.

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New York Post featured Pace University’s recovery internship program in "College students are turning to nonprofits for valuable intern opportunities"

03/01/2021

New York Post featured Pace University’s recovery internship program in "College students are turning to nonprofits for valuable intern opportunities"

When her teaching assistant internship got scrapped overnight last summer, Pace University student Vicky Trieu, 22, of Secaucus, NJ, didn’t miss a beat.

The child education major landed a replacement opportunity through a new Pace initiative, New York Recovery Internships, which pairs students with local nonprofit organizations. Trieu joined up with the Urban League, a civil rights and urban advocacy organization, for 28 hours each week.

“This came at a time that I unexpectedly needed it the most,” said Trieu, who worked on education research. Although it was not a teaching role, she said it “ultimately enabled me to grow as a future educator.”

Last year, Pace placed 65 of its students with 24 nonprofits, paying interns $15 an hour raised by the school.

Phyllis Mooney, executive director of career services at Pace, said, “This program is a highlight of my career. It’s growing two trees with one seed. Such a fantastic opportunity for the students and for the nonprofits who were impacted by COVID-19.”

In addition to gaining skills and helping nonprofits that typically rely on in-person events for fund-raising, interns got a glimpse into nonprofit careers. “Students think nonprofit means no money,” said Mooney. “Look at these nonprofits! Don’t eliminate nonprofits from your thinking. There is a future, this is great work, and it pays.”

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Patch featured Pace University in "Pace Students Win Top Honors at App Competition"

12/18/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "Pace Students Win Top Honors at App Competition"

Pace University students were on two of the top three winning teams in an app development competition sponsored by a San Jose-based company that created an internet protocol designed to protect personal data and address privacy concerns.

In recently announcing the winners of the month-long @ppathon competition featuring students from throughout North America, The @ Company awarded $5,000 in seed money and a six-week mentorship with the company so that students could continue developing their applications.

The Pace winners designed a health application (@health) that helps people safely store and send health information such as calorie intake and exercise, and participate in fitness-related challenges with friends and family, as well as a separate online chatting platform (@signal) that allows people to connect with others in an easy and secure way.

"The achievement of Pace students and all the other students in this competition is testament to the vision and innovative qualities that exist in our young people today," said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. "That these students are both at the undergraduate and graduate level goes further to show that great ideas arise at all levels. I am very proud of our Pace students and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to develop their excellent apps."

The competition was designed with few constraints for the student developers. It prioritized ingenuity and apps that featured key attributes of the @protocol including true peer-to-peer use cases, privacy, security, and simple and fun user experience (UX). The event highlighted a wide range of creative, high-utility ideas, and included 30 students and graduates who comprised the six teams.

"The @ppathon was designed to serve as a competition of internet innovation for college students. We believe that young developers and college graduates have what it takes to revolutionize the internet and rectify its enormous flaws," said Barbara Tallent, Co-Founder and CEO of The @ Company. "By hosting a month-long event with seed funding prizes and numerous training/practice pitch sessions, we're confident that our participants were provided with the first step to applications for the new era of the internet."

The winners were selected based on the potential of the @pps they pitched and the competency of the teams themselves. The winners were:

    @signal team: Gefei Zhang, Lang Gong, and Sen Wang (Pace University)
    @health team: Manual Garza, Jack Bonnelycke, Betsy Gorelik, Junior Jean and Michael Rooplall (Pace University)
    @family team: Emnetu Xavier Chanthavong and Michael Amorin

In addition to the winning apps, participants designed a surveillance-free advertising platform that allows @sign owners to get paid to view ads, help content owners get paid, and share crypto peer-to-peer; a safety app that will provide @sign holders with a sense of security and peace of mind wherever they or their loved ones are, through safety alerts, location havens and more; and an online platform providing a secure method for local vendors to offer potential clients goods and services through an interactive bidding process and comprehensive marketplace.

Read the full Patch article.

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Press Release: Pace University Computer Science Students Earn Top Honors at App Development Competition

12/16/2020

Press Release: Pace University Computer Science Students Earn Top Honors at App Development Competition

The @ Company provides $5,000 prize and mentorship as part of challenge to develop next generation of privacy conscious applications

NEW YORK and PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (Dec. 16, 2020) — Pace University students were on two of the top three winning teams in an app development competition sponsored by a San Jose-based company that created an internet protocol designed to protect personal data and address privacy concerns.

In recently announcing the winners of the month-long @ppathon competition featuring students from throughout North America, The @ Company awarded $5,000 in seed money and a six-week mentorship with the company so that students could continue developing their applications.

The Pace winners designed a health application (@health) that helps people safely store and send health information such as calorie intake and exercise, and participate in fitness-related challenges with friends and family, as well as a separate online chatting platform (@signal) that allows people to connect with others in an easy and secure way.

“The achievement of Pace students and all the other students in this competition is testament to the vision and innovative qualities that exist in our young people today,” said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. “That these students are both at the undergraduate and graduate level goes further to show that great ideas arise at all levels. I am very proud of our Pace students and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to develop their excellent apps.”

The competition was designed with few constraints for the student developers. It prioritized ingenuity and apps that featured key attributes of the @protocol including true peer-to-peer use cases, privacy, security, and simple and fun user experience (UX). The event highlighted a wide range of creative, high-utility ideas, and included 30 students and graduates who comprised the six teams.

“The @ppathon was designed to serve as a competition of internet innovation for college students. We believe that young developers and college graduates have what it takes to revolutionize the internet and rectify its enormous flaws,” said Barbara Tallent, Co-Founder and CEO of The @ Company. “By hosting a month-long event with seed funding prizes and numerous training/practice pitch sessions, we’re confident that our participants were provided with the first step to applications for the new era of the internet.”

The winners were selected based on the potential of the @pps they pitched and the competency of the teams themselves. The winners were:

  • @signal team: Gefei Fang, Lang Gong (Pace University), and Sen Wang (Pace University)
  • @health team: Manuel Garza Bonnelycke, Jack, Betsy Gorelik, Junior Jean and Michael Rooplall (Pace University)
  • @family team: Xavier Chanthavong, Emnetu, and Michael Amorin

In addition to the winning apps, participants designed a surveillance-free advertising platform that allows @sign owners to get paid to view ads, help content owners get paid, and share crypto peer-to-peer; a safety app that will provide @sign holders with a sense of security and peace of mind wherever they or their loved ones are, through safety alerts, location havens and more; and an online platform providing a secure method for local vendors to offer potential clients goods and services through an interactive bidding process and comprehensive marketplace.

Lang Gong, a computer science major from Pace who was among the winners, said the competition gave students an opportunity to solve problems and learn new skills under the direction of professional app developers – all while working remotely.

“It’s an interesting experience to work on a hackathon together during the pandemic,” Gong said. “We worked on this project together and feel so close to each other, when in fact, we’ve never met in person … Our hope is that our app is able to help people connect and talk to strangers in a secure way and we believe it’s very important for people to keep connected in this worldwide pandemic.”

The @ Company’s announcement comes soon after another big win for Pace University students: recent Pace graduates won IBM’s “Call for Code Global Challenge,” which tasked developers to create solutions to help communities fight back against climate change and COVID-19. The top $200,000 prize went to Agrolly -- a team of developers from Brazil, India, Mongolia and Taiwan who met at Pace University in New York City. Together, the team designed an application to help the world's small farmers cope with the environmental and business challenges of climate change.

For more information about The @ Company, please visit https://atsign.com/.

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About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on our news website.

About the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University

At Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, students experience a best-of-breed technology education at one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the nation. Strategically located in the heart of NYC’s tech scene, the Seidenberg School places students on the doorstep of New York’s most promising companies, whether they are established tech giants or exciting new start-ups. Through partnerships with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities, the School's curricula and programs are designed to give students the latest in computer science theory and invaluable hands-on practice to ground it. The faculty includes numerous cybersecurity experts who operate labs and centers providing students with practical experience and connections that lead to impressive internships and jobs.

About The @ Company

The @ Company is creating a more human Internet, where users (or as we call them, People) own and control their personal data and have better experiences online. We are technologists, creators, and builders with one thing in common: We love the Internet. We are co-creating a better Internet, with application developers building experiences on our Open, Permissions-based @protocol, and with People, who unlock these experiences with online, customizable online identifiers known as @signs.

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