Fall 2014 in Review: CCARNYC
Congratulations, Pace students – you’ve made it to the end of the Fall semester! Take a break from your finals and join us in taking a look back over some of the great service and advocacy students have done with our office this semester, and see if you can find yourself in any of our photos!
Thank you to all of the amazing students who participated in a service event with us, signed petitions, organized an event, and helped to make a difference in this community.
The Center for Community Action and Research organized a “Communitarian Fair” during lunch of Convocation, encouraging new students to find and take action on their passion from their first day at Pace. Opportunities included: ending human trafficking with the Anti-Trafficking Independence Project; LGBTQA equality with the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center; energy efficiency and climate change with the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; signing up to volunteer with the CCAR and New York Cares; and signing up for a blood drive with SDACA. Over 70 students came over to sign petitions, get to know offices on campus, and make a difference over lunch.
15 Pace students volunteered to help with New York Common Pantry‘s dinner and choice pantry programs during two service events. Volunteers provided access to necessary food and nutrition for hundreds of hungry New Yorkers. One student continued volunteering with NYCP throughout the Fall semester – check out our volunteer spotlight of Djenane!
People’s Climate March
The CCAR and Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies brought more than 15 Pace students and staff members from both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses to participate in the People’s Climate March, a showing of support for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s global agreement to reduce global warming pollution at September’s UN summit on the climate crisis. Click here to see more awesome photos from the event!
On October 16th, 22 students from Dr. Ida Dupont’s University 101 course weeded, cultivated soil, and planted daffodil bulbs in the street tree pits surrounding the Pace campus. Students from Charlotte Becket’s class researched and documented PS 214 in Brooklyn and worked with the assistant principal to design, sketch, and paint murals in the school on Paint a School Day.
Paint a School Day
On October 17th, seven students traveled to PS 446 K in Brooklyn to sketch murals; the next day, more than 85 students came to volunteer painting canvas and stairwell murals, organizing classrooms, building furniture, clean out gardens and plant daffodil bulbs to beautify the elementary school campus. Check out the full photo album on our Facebook!
Hamilton Madison House Halloween Party
Pace students helped create a Halloween-themed party for children from the Chinatown community as part of Hamilton Madison House’s annual Halloween Party. Volunteers created a haunted house, put together trick-or-treat candy bags, led games, and helped local children create Halloween arts and crafts!
Throughout the Fall semester, the CCAR worked to educate students about their voting rights and registered over 250 new students to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. On election day, the CCAR and Residential Life staff met 16 students registered to vote on campus and walked with them to their polling sites to encourage and enable to get out their votes!
The CCAR, Gotham House, Cinema House, Body and Mind House, and REACT to FILM hosted a screening of Inocente, a documentary focused on a 15-year-old emerging artist coming into her own despite abuse, homelessness, and her status as an undocumented immigrant. The screening was followed by a live Q&A session with one of the film’s award-winning directors, Andrea Nix.
Throughout November, the CCAR hosted a social media campaign based around educating the Pace community about issues of gender-based violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. On November 20, 80 students signed the White House’s “It’s on Us” pledge to make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. From November 25th-December 10th, students had the opportunity to take action daily via online petitions, and on December 3rd, 28 students created cloth and paper T-shirts bearing witness to domestic and sexual violence as part of the Clothesline Project.