A Special Donation to the Pace Cares Fund

Alyssa Cressotti
January 26, 2022

Each year, undergraduate students at Pace University are encouraged to complete the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Sexual Assault Campus Climate survey to help administrators at Pace understand perceptions of campus climate around unwanted sexual contact. This survey is used to gather data on experiences of sexual assault, perception of institutional responses to sexual assault, and understanding of campus resources and reporting procedures. The data collected from the survey is used to make targeted improvements for Pace University's prevention and intervention of sexual misconduct.

Oversight and distribution of the HEDS survey was led by a partnership between Pace’s Office of Sexual and Interpersonal Wellness (OSIW) and the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research (OPAIR). Both offices look forward to having community conversations with Pace students, staff, and faculty about the data once it is available and analyzed.

This fall, as an incentive for students to participate in the HEDS survey, OSIW and OPAIR pledged to donate $1 for each completed survey to the Pace Cares Fund, which provides emergency financial relief to students who face unforeseeable economic hardships. Spectacularly, the offices were able to exceed their response rate goal with 954 survey responses. With the support of Pace’s Chief Diversity Officer Tiffany Hamilton, the offices were able to round the contribution total up to $1,000 given directly to the Pace Cares Fund.

This initiative would not have been as successful without the help of our staff, faculty, and students who increased awareness of the HEDS survey and encouraged participation in New York City and Westchester. OSIW and OPAIR would like to extend special thanks to the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the offices of Housing and Residential Life; the Athletics Department; Faculty Council; the Women’s and Gender Studies Department; the peer educators of OSIW; the First Year Experience Office; and all the student organizations who supported with outreach. And last, but certainly not least, OSIW and OPAIR would like to especially thank each and every Pace student who used their voice to comment on sensitive content matter for the sustained health and well-being of our campus community.

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