Social Justice Week 2021

October 15, 2021
people with hands clasped in solidarity

Pace’s second annual Social Justice Week is taking place the week of October 25. This week of learning and reflection is designed to offer an ongoing memorial for Pace student Danroy “DJ” Henry, and to further commit Pace University to social justice and anti-racism.

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Danroy "DJ" Henry

During the summer of 2020, Pace alumni, students, staff, and faculty, in consultation with the Henry family, conceptualized Social Justice Week as a way to honor DJ’s life and acknowledge the connections between his story and racial injustice. DJ Henry had a passion for people and sports. He was a student on Pace’s Pleasantville Campus and a member of the football team. On October 17, 2010, Pace's Homecoming weekend, DJ was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer. DJ's family founded the DJ Henry Dream Fund to carry on his legacy and passion for youth sports. To learn more about DJ, visit the DJ Henry Dream Fund, view this video from the DJ Henry Dream Fund, view this video from CBS News, or read this comic strip.

Held to coincide with DJ’s birthday, October 29, Social Justice Week is a community-driven effort that understands that DJ’s story cannot be told accurately without acknowledging how it is connected to the history and present-day reality of white supremacy and racism. The week aims to offer original programming that adheres to values of equity and justice and engages the campus community in learning activities and dialogue centered on the issues of social justice. Social Justice Week seeks to create brave spaces that challenge white supremacy and racism, among other forms of oppression, and to create a starting point from which meaningful dialogue and action can be created for the entire Pace Community.

A full calendar of events is available below. All members of the Pace Community are invited to attend. For more information, contact the Social Justice Week Committee at

Social Justice Week 2021 Calendar of Events

If you are interested in being part of the Social Justice Week 2022 planning committee, please email to be notified when applications open.

Event information, including location, is available below. If you have questions about an event, please contact the individual listed as the event’s primary contact. For general questions about Social Justice Week, please email

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Drive-In Movie: Get Out
6:00 p.m. | Parking Lot D behind Willcox Hall | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Irach'e Teague at

Join us for a screening of Jordan Peele's Get Out. During the movie, the Resident Assistants from the Townhouses and Elm Hall communities will be serving hot chocolate, bagged popcorn, candy, and other snacks to those in attendance. The proceeds from snack and drink purchases will be sent to the DJ Henry Dream Fund.

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Reading, Writing, and Racism: Combating Implicit Bias in the Classroom
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Registration Required | Zoom info will be sent after you register.
Questions? Contact Laura Kaplan at

Students and faculty from the Pace School of Education will examine how implicit bias and other microaggressions can occur in classroom teaching. Through case studies and role-playing, examples of classroom bias and microaggression will be simulated and unpacked. The goal of this interactive presentation is to share ideas and strategies for developing safe classroom learning spaces for all students.

Social Justice Week Information Table

New York City Campus: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Tabling Hub.

Pleasantville Campus: 11:00 a.m.–4:00p.m. | Kessel Student Center.

Law School: 12:00 p.m.–2:00p.m. | Aloysia Hall

Questions? Contact the Social Justice Week Committee at

Stop by the Social Justice Week table to learn more about the week’s events and pick up freebies. Individuals who show proof of donation of at least $10 to the DJ Henry Dream Fund will also receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Artists Talk by Alberto Lule
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | 41 Park Row, Room 202 | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Sarah Cunningham at

As part of the Substance exhibit and Social Justice Week, the Pace University Art Gallery and the Criminal Justice Department will co-host an artist talk by Alberto Lule, an artist who uses readymades, mixed media installations, and tools used by agencies of authority to examine and critique mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex in the United States, particularly the California prison system. Using his own experiences, he aims to tie the prison industrial complex to other American political issues such as immigration, homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health. He holds a BA in Art from the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. His work was recently included in We Live, Memories of Resistance at the Oxy Arts Gallery at Occidental College and Language Games at the Fullerton College Art Gallery. In 2020, he was also the recipient of the Kay Nielsen Memorial Award from the Hammer Museum and a residency from Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles.

Pace Letters to Incarcerated Friends
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, E320 | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Danielle Harari at

Pace students are invited to write letters of support to individuals who are incarcerated across the US to bring them some light, humanity, and other support they may need for rehabilitation. Held every week, this program allows students to safely and meaningfully consider how to build connections with incarcerated communities. We will be collaborating with each other to make sure that our message to our friends is not self-serving but allows the inmate to take what they want out of the experience of speaking with us.

DJ Henry Mural Unveiling
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | Kessel Student Center | Pleasantville Campus
Questions about the mural unveiling? Contact Irach'e Teague at
Questions about transportation to Pleasantville from other Pace campuses? Contact

Please join us as we honor DJ Henry’s legacy with an unveiling of a mural created by Brittany S. Price and hear from special guest speakers.Transportation from the NYC and Haub Law campuses will be provided. To sign up for free transportation to Pleasantville from NYC or Haub Law, please sign up here. Please note, spots are limited and allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Importance of Voting
5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Bianco Room | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Andie Ironside at
Ashmi Sheth will speak to Pace students about the importance of voter registration and getting your vote out. Voting can create important change one wants to see implemented in policy.

Collaborative Research with (not on) Indigenous Communities
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Registration Required
Questions? Contact Anne Toomey at
A talk by Armando (Mandu) Medinaceli, who works as the Indigenous Education Director for North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems, on the importance of decolonizing research and doing collaborative research with (not on) indigenous communities. Mandu is a Bolivian ethnobiologist with over fifteen years of experience working in ethnobiology, indigenous foodways and food sovereignty, biocultural diversity, sustainability, climate change, community conservation, collaborative video, and more.

Movie Screening: The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Registration Required
Questions? Contact Rachael Silva at
In 2011, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder, was killed during a conflict with police officers dispatched to check on him after his medical alert device was mistakenly activated in his home in White Plains, NY. Released in September, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is a socially conscious drama thriller based on the true story of a case that Elisabeth Haub School of Law Professors Randolph McLaughlin and Debra Cohen have worked on for ten years. The film recounts the excessive and brutal force executed by the police in their response to this non-threatening situation and provides a lens for society to reflect on the reform needed in policing tactics and our social justice system.

Let's Be Frank #2: The Power of Meeting a Person
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 925 1017 1033 | Zoom Password: 711323
Physical Location: Willcox Hall, Multipurpose Room | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Corinna Sager at

Culture and socialization play a huge part in who we become and how we look at others. Those who look differently, behave differently or have different values are quickly judged. But what happens if we meet a person? Professor Sager and former student Daniel Parker will host a roundtable of current and former students from different cultures and ask: “How can we harness our own cultural differences to create a better, safer world for all?

DJ Henry Memorial and Allyship Conversation with the Black Student Union
9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Boudreau Lounge | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Luisa Gonzalez at
Come and join the Black Student Union (BSU) to discuss DJ Henry's memory and celebrate his life. In addition, come out and discuss how you can be an ally to the cause we are fighting for. Make sure you pop out wearing blue in support of it!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | 41 Park Row, Room 202 | NYC Campus
Registration Required | Zoom info will be sent after you register.

Questions? Contact Gia Pham at
This session will provide participants with research-based strategies to challenge their daily practices and for being in solidarity with communities of color, especially in higher education.

DJ Henry Dream Fund Bake Sale
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Multipurpose Room | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Syd Reyes at
Cookies, cupcakes, sweet treats. Stop by for a goodie. Proceeds go toward the DJ Henry Dream Fund.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Panel Discussion
1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 974 8119 4469 | Password: 860725
Questions? Contact George Haddad at
Four students of diverse backgrounds will discuss their stories, challenges, and discrimination they’ve overcome in a 45-minute student led panel.

FiDentity: A Racial Geography Tour of The Financial District
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Main Entrance
Questions? Contact Jared Keyes at
Join Residence Director Jared Keyes on a walking tour of the Financial District using a racial lens. We will be visiting several locations within the neighborhood of Pace’s NYC Campus to understand some of the history, growth, and change of our community over time. For participants unable to attend the in-person event, information and visuals will be provided for reference, or to conduct one’s own self-guided tour.

Bystander Intervention: Standing Up for Your Community
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | 41 Park Row, Room 202 | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Juliette Verrengia at
Bystander intervention provides students with a framework and tools to intervene in situations that are harmful or potentially harmful, particularly related to the potential for sexual violence, dating violence, and identity-based discrimination or harm. Students will learn common barriers to intervention, strategies to stand up against harmful behaviors, and ways to create a healthier, safer community. Bystander intervention is social justice work on an interpersonal level.

COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement Oral History Project
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Registration Required | Zoom info will be sent after you register
Questions? Contact Maria Iacullo-Bird at

HIS 196H “COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter: Comparative, Crisis-based Oral History in the American Experience” is a Fall 2021 civic engagement, public-history course that is studying the impact of the global pandemic COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement through oral history interviews and comparative analysis of 20th and 21st Century American History. For this course-based undergraduate research initiative which also is a digital humanities project, students are conducting oral history interviews to generate original testimony and knowledge about COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement. These interviews and related materials will become part of a project website that will be made available to the Pace Community and the larger public. Student presenters will introduce the oral history project and highlight the historical connections between disease and social justice struggles. Additionally, they will speak about the importance of “crisis-based” oral history and public history, and will invite individuals to be interviewed. The interviews will be scheduled after Social Justice Week.

Salary Inequity in the Workplace for Women and BIPOC Employees
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Registration Required | Zoom info will be sent after you register
Questions? Contact Helene Cruz at

Join us for this very special session with guest speaker and Pace alumna Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Andrea Stewart Cousins as she speaks about Salary Inequity in the Workplace for Women and BIPOC employees.

Discussion: The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 922 2957 4326 |Zoom Password: PACESJW
Questions? Contact Katherine Fink at
This session provides a space for people to react to the film The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain and advance conversations about police violence, race, mental health, and intersectionality. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., has been invited to participate in this discussion. In addition to being a tireless advocate for his father, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. is a founding member of the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform. The discussion will be facilitated by students in MCA 495, Digital Storytelling, who are reporting on the Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. and DJ Henry cases this semester.​

Mingle Mingle: Practicing Pronouns
8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. | 33 Beekman, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Meagan Mullen at
"Hi! My name is ___ and my pronouns are ___, nice to meet you." Have you heard someone at Pace introduce themselves this way? Did you not understand or know how to respond? That’s okay! It’s helpful to share pronouns to people you haven’t met so they know how to refer to you when you aren’t around, and this is a practice we’ve grown accustomed to at Pace University. This isn’t natural for everyone, so this event is an opportunity to practice sharing your pronouns and using other folks' pronouns in conversation. We will be speed meeting some other students in the community and sharing some fun facts about ourselves while also using pronouns to refer to others. After the activity, we will have a chance to chat about why we should normalize sharing our pronouns and how that can show allyship to the LGBTQ+ community, specifically the trans/nonbinary/gender-nonconforming community. This will also be a great way to get to know folks you haven’t met in the residence hall, so we look forward to meeting you when you come!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Truth About the Southern Border and The History of Anti-Black US Immigration Policies
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Zoom ID: 943 7089 6188 | Zoom Password: 403695
Questions? Contact Kerriann Stout at
A presentation about the human rights violations taking place at the southern border against Haitian immigrants and how this situation fits into a long history of anti-Black immigration policies in the United States.

Popping Prejudice
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Outside Kessel Center | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Max DeRiggi at
At Popping Prejudice, throw a dart to pop a balloon and read the paper inside to learn about different experiences with prejudice, and how we can improve as a community! We can have honest discussions on how prejudice impacts us and share ideas on how to grow and develop our community!

Doing the Work: Practical Intersectional Activism
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Butcher Suite | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Rachel Simon at

Pace’s Office of Gender and Sexuality and student leaders will hold a workshop to help us determine actual steps to support marginalized folks as we engage with social justice.

Coming Out as Dalit
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, W622 | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact James Reich at

Yashica has written a well-publicized memoir about growing up as a member of India's "Dalit" community. Dalits are the lowest groups in the caste system and among the most oppressed people in India and the world. Given the popularity of Isabelle Wilkerson's recent book Caste, this event will help people learn more about this issue in India specifically. The event will be a discussion with her about her work, followed by a Q&A.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Communities Working in the Hospitality Industry
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | 41 Park Row, Dezer Den | NYC Campus
Zoom ID: 973 6966 8056 | Zoom Password: HATAxPWR
Questions? Contact Brianna Harriedo at
The impact of COVID-19 on minority communities working in the hospitality industry will be a hybrid discussion that will highlight an important topic that is most often left in the dark. We will focus on why minority communities were more heavily impacted by the pandemic than non-minority communities. This event will leave attendees asking more questions about the hospitality industry and open up a larger and much needed conversation that has been neglected.

Gender Bias in Health Care
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Multipurpose Room | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Sarah Morge at
Join POWER to learn about and discuss gender bias in health care. We'll address systemic issues in our current healthcare system and the current Texas abortion law.

Movies for Mental Health
12:15 p.m.–2:15p.m.
Questions? Contact Alexis Oliasami at
A well-loved event we held last year that features short films regarding mental health in marginalized communities and populations. Previous films shown have related to transgender mental health, Black mental health, and immigrant mental health. Mental health professionals will be standing by in case any viewers would like to discuss any sensitive or potentially triggering material.

Violence and Discrimination Against AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders): Current, History, And What We Can Do
1:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Zoom ID: 950 9074 0256 | Zoom Password: Asian
Questions? Contact Kasama Star at
We will discuss the violence, hate, and discrimination that Asians have endured in our country, review current events, and discuss what we can do to.

Don't Suffer in Silence: Resources and Strategies for Addressing Past Traumas
4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Registration Required
Questions? Contact Nakeba McKoy at
Mental health has become an increasing concern in our societies, particularly in higher education. Academic success has been found to be influenced by mental health difficulties. With the current events in the world, students, faculty, staff, and our communities need to know that there are free, easily accessible resources, such as the Push Past Past Pain support group, that can help with mental health/emotional support to ensure empowerment and healing from traumas like racial, economic, and social injustices. It is the standard of assistance that will allow us to thrive in our communities and change the narrative of silent suffering by encouraging people to speak up. Our stories are similar, even though we come from different backgrounds, and we have all experienced traumatic triggers from society at some point in our lives, so it's vital to know that we're not alone. This session will offer an overview of the Push Past Past Pain Support Group and how they work, as well as current information on additional mental resources such as hotlines and/or organizations that cater to a broad community. Session holders will discuss how trauma has affected them in their daily lives and how, by seeking treatment and support, they have been able to flourish and live healthier and more meaningful lives.

Barriers in the Workforce: Navigating Cultural and Personal Challenges that Impact Work
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Registration Required | Zoom info will be sent after you register
Physical Location: One Pace Plaza, Bianco Room | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Helene Cruz at
An informative panel discussion moderated by Pace students featuring Pace alumni and professionals working within the diversity, equity, and inclusion space of corporate America.

My Hair, My Business
9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 98480392884 | Zoom Passcode: 1908
Questions? ContactCydney Gardner at

Join RA Annie and the OH So Lovely Omicron Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, for a conversation regarding all things hair. From hair in the workplace to common myths and stereotypes of natural hair, this event will cover the above and more. Join us to learn how to embrace your own hair, help others learn to love their hair and what you can do to help the movement.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Not Alone: Community Not Incarceration
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 938 0877 4730 | Zoom Password: SJW2021
Questions? Contact Melanie J. La Rosa at
SJW week screening of Not Alone with a panel discussing how therapy dogs help women leave incarceration, find support, and rebuild their lives and families, and how the media can create solutions-based narratives and support social justice.

Social Justice, Disability Justice, Race, and Representation
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Student Center West | NYC Campus
Zoom ID: 927 2120 3962 | Password: 077396

Questions? Contact Emilie Zaslow at
Disability is often absent or de-centered from conversations on social justice. This talk will explore the ways in which many of our social justice movements intersect with disability. Adela Ruiz, a professor, strategist, and New Yorker with proud Dominican/Afro-Caribbean roots will discuss the connections between ableism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other oppressive ideologies that devalue and confine certain bodies.

Justice at the Water's Edge: A Ferry Tour of the East River
12:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Main Entrance | NYC Campus
Ferry Fee: $5.50 (for transportation)
Questions? Contact E. Melanie DuPuis at

The waterfronts along both sides of the East River have long been the target of social justice struggles. Based on my most recent research and writing on the history of the East River waterfronts from the 1700s to the present, I will present the story of three eras: the working waterfront, the amenity waterfront, and the resilient waterfront. I will describe who has won and who has lost in these struggles. I will do the tour by taking students on the NYC Astoria and Soundview ferries that go from Wall Street (near Pace campus) to Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River Park, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Williamsburg, and Long Island City.

#StopAsianHate: A Conversation with Assemblymember Yuh-line Niou
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Registration Required | The zoom info will be sent after you register.
#StopAsianHate: A Conversation with Assemblymember Yuh-line Niou, is a fireside chat with Pace’s NYC Campus’ NYS Assembly representative. Leading the discussion is student leader, Elana Xu, president of Global Korea Through Entertainment and an activist in the #StopAsianHate movement. The conversation will delve into the history and acknowledge the experiences of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community on Pace’s campuses and throughout New York City. The event aims to provide a safe space for deeper engagement on a topic that is oftentimes overlooked, examining the impacts and implications for our student community and the broader community at large. Assemblymember Niou is a leader for the #StopAsianHate movement and her work within the community has been instrumental in raising awareness. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions in advance or during the event via chat.

Black Excellence Initiative: Fostering Belonging
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 959 9332 7187 | Zoom Password: 530542
Physical Location: One Pace Plaza, W618 | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Kiku Huckle at
The Black Excellence Initiative works to counter the endemic effects of racism, and to create spaces to cultivate well-being for Black students and communities by inviting Black speakers to campus who exemplify excellence in a variety of contexts. BJ Bell, Director of the Performance Attribution teams for the US and APAC regions at BlackRock, will discuss his work with local organizations and company initiatives that focus on financial inclusion and creating opportunities for underrepresented students of color. BJ also has worked extensively to encourage discussions around topics of race and inequality, and served on the expert review panel for Racial Equity 2030.

Why Do YOU Advocate for Social Justice?
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Y31 | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Erin Mysogland at
Pace students are invited to stop by the CCAR office to record a video sharing why they advocate for social justice! Videos will be shared on social media with the hashtag #PaceSocialJusticeWeek2021. By sharing their own involvement in social justice advocacy, Pace students will inspire their peers and support the University in creating a culture that celebrates change makers.

Criminal Justice in Crisis: The Impact of Covid-19 on the System
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 965 7772 3626 | Zoom Password: 942706
Questions? Contact Cathryn Lavery at

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the criminal justice system hard and fast. In the midst of communities calling for police reforms, social movements and bail reform, the system was slammed from all sides. The impact of COVID-19 paralyzed the flow and management of cases, had a devastating impact on criminal justice practitioners, victims, those under supervision of corrections and community-based correctional supervision. New initiatives in juvenile justice, social justice and bail reform were altered and unable to be given the attention needed. Law enforcement, judges, attorneys, probation officers, parole officers, and victim advocates were forced to amend their routines and standards of care. Important services necessary for the system to operate were curtailed. In addition, criminal justice practitioners, their agencies, and communities fell under the ravaging effects of COVID-19. Although some crime rates decreased, it gave us little comfort with regard to IPV and sexual assault rates, assaults, homicides, and theft. Stay at home orders impacted law enforcement, the courts and administration of corrections, not only with respect to their ability to perform their jobs, but affected their agencies, their families, and their morale. This presentation will review how the pandemic shocked the system and how it managed in spite of the pandemic. An examination of what other significant cracks in the criminal justice system were exposed and what the possible residual effects will be in the post-COVID criminal justice system.

Legal Lecture and Discussion
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 951 7653 9187 | Zoom Password: DJ
Physical Location: Preston Hall, Room 401 | Haub Law Campus
Questions? Contact Madison Shaff at
Join us for a legal lecture discussing the police approach and miscarriage of justice—such as that which resulted in the loss of the life of DJ Henry. Hear from panelists and legal scholars in the field: Professor Dorfman, Professor McLaughlin, and Professor Thebaud. The panel will be moderated by Haub Law’s Dean Horace E. Anderson Jr.

CBS News: 48 Hours
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Multipurpose Room | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Kerriana Calderon at
The Pforzheimer Honors College is presenting the CBS News: 48 Hours episode regarding the events of the death of DJ Henry in a police-related off-campus shooting. This fall marks eleven years since the murder of DJ and the Honors College understands and values the importance of keeping the memory of DJ alive, remembering all he contributed to our Pace community, and to continue to fight for social justice.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Monitoring and Managing Emotionality During Difficult Dialogues
9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Zoom ID: 969 6020 4893 | Zoom Password: 043935
Physical location: One Pace Plaza, Student Center West | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Lanaya Wade at

The purpose of this workshop is to increase attendee’s recognition of and preparation for the potentially triggering content of both formal and informal difficult dialogues. Research shows that both majority and non-majority attendees of such discussions may experience distress related to cognitive dissonance, recognition of one’s own bias, fear of being tokenized, and triggered pain from previous experiences. This emotional state of distress may result in an inability to maintain one’s adherence to established ground rules and contribute to negative outcomes. Therefore, this workshop will examine and explain techniques to manage this emotionality. Those who attend this workshop will learn to summarize and normalize potential distressing reactions related to difficult dialogues and examine techniques to recognize and regulate the somatic and emotional response to difficult dialogue content.

Myth of the Welfare Queen–The Critical Role of Food Stamps in the Post-COVID U.S.
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 991 1397 5362 | Zoom Password: 558561

Questions? Contact Christen Cupples Cooper at
“Food stamps,” today known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits have recently undergone their first major adjustment for today’s cost of living. My students’ assignment in Community and Public Health Nutrition is to live on a “food stamp” budget for a week. This means $5 a day for food, less than many people spend for a Starbucks drink. I discuss the history of the food stamp program, the stigma that developed in the Reagan area and the truth about who receives food stamps (mainly the working poor vs. the unemployed). I share true testimonies from students and others who have taken the “SNAP Challenge” (lived on the food stamp budget for a week) and ask the audience to reflect upon these experiences.

The Justice Journals: Writing as Self-Care and Activism
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Registration Required*
Questions? Contact Dana Jaye Cadman at
The past year and a half has been one of reckonings—about who we are; our beliefs; and what liberty and justice mean to us individually and collectively. Opinions are strong, voices are loud. Especially now, we must do the hard work of turning inward. We must examine our biases, fears, and frustrations. As acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine says, we have to ask ourselves: What can I get if I go in the margins? . . . into places filled with uncertainty and discomfort . . . places that generate conversation that doesn’t exist in the normal course of our lives. In this 90-minute generative writing session and discussion, students will be given a series of writing prompts that place them “in the margins.” They will be encouraged to examine and challenge their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions about racism and systemic oppression. Students will also be taught how to effectively use writing as a form of self-care and activism. *Space is limited to 20 students. Registration is required.

Students Stories of Social Justice Movements Abroad
12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
One Pace Plaza, Student Center West | NYC Campus
Questions? Contact Study Abroad at
Three students will introduce social justice movements from around the globe and talk about their own perspectives encountering these movements during their study abroad experiences.

Behind the White Box: Exploring the Double Marginalization Behind Multiracial Latinx Identities
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 928 9880 7477 | Zoom Password: LETSCHAT
Physical Location: Kessel Student Center, Multipurpose Room | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Pear Luciano at
This engaging and informative panel presentation will include multiracial Latinx students and community partner, Latino U College Access who will discuss how Latinx identity can often be complex, multidimensional, and multifaceted. Latinx identity is often a combination of ancestral country of origin, indigenous roots, and racial background. Defining race and ethnicity in daily life and often during the simple act of completing a form, questionnaire or application often leads to confusion, misunderstanding, anxiety, and double marginalization. Raising awareness of this important issue facing millions in the Latinx community, sharing diverse perspectives, and exploring positive ways in which we as a society can address it are the overarching goals of this presentation. Our intent is to not only to start the conversation but ideally keep it going long beyond the day so that people have an understanding of the many crucial issues facing multi-racial Latinos in terms of their identity, which all too often can impact how they see themselves and present themselves to others.

Flag Football and Arts Showcase Fundraiser
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 987 0016 5873 Zoom Password: DJ
Physical Location: Library Field/Dannat Hall Lot | Haub Law Campus
Questions? Contact Madison Shaff at
Gathering to play flag football and experience an art showcase/silent auction in honor of DJ Henry. All proceeds will be donated to the DJ Henry Dream Fund. Free food and drink with admission payment for Haub Law students. $5 entrance fee to gain access to games, live entertainment, and ability to bid in our local artist silent auction. Cash payment will be accepted at the entrance on the day of the event, or during the week leading up to the fundraiser. $10 per person to play flag football (kick-off at 2:00 p.m.). $5 to join the open mic. To sign up, please go to the SBA twen page "sign-up." Please send a video of the talent you would like to present to Maddie and Rebecca ( and Equipment provided to those at open mic: Mic, Mic stand, (Small) Vocal amp, Key board, 2 piano/guitar amps, and piano stand. If you would like to donate a service or good/art work to the silent auction, please reach out to Maddie Shaff at

Disrupting Disharmony and Promoting Diversity in the Residence Halls
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Multipurpose Room | Pleasantville Campus
Questions? Contact Ray White at
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Nostalgia for American Girl Dolls is no joke. But what happens when the first-ever boy doll is introduced to one of the most iconic girl power brands? Emilie Zaslow, PhD, professor and department chair of communication studies at Pace, teamed up with Jaclyn Griffith ’17 to find out.

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Columbus Day isn’t on Pace’s academic calendar this year! However, notes Professor Stephanie Hsu, neither is Indigenous Peoples' Day. At Pace, decolonization starts with our curriculum. Read more from Professor Hsu and learn about the Antiracist Education (ARE) core undergraduate requirement,currently in development, to address the educational gaps created by legislation banning critical race theory in a growing number of states.

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Born out of a national movement and a course taught by Assistant Professor Kiku Huckle, PhD, political science department, an initiative has taken root. The Black Excellence Initiative works to counter the endemic effects of racism and to create space to cultivate well-being and a mindset for success for Black students and communities.