2014-2015 Service & Civic Engagement Recognition (NYC)


Each year, Pace University students, faculty, and staff contribute over 87,000 hours of service to the New York City and global communities through volunteering, service-learning (Civic Engagement and Public Values courses), advocacy, activism, and non-profit internships. Pace’s commitment to service and civic engagement has earned recognition through the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and Project Pericles. The Center for Community Action and Research would like to thank ALL of the members of the Pace community who have participated in events with us this year, and to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to attend multiple events, co-sponsor opportunities, host CCAR volunteers, and more. Check out our Fall and Spring semester overviews for this year, and please join us in thanking some of the people who made them possible!


These Pace students attended at least two service, education, and/or advocacy events with the CCAR this year, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to service and civic engagement. Volunteers marked with an asterisk have also participated in CCAR events in previous years.
If you have participated in two or more events with the CCAR in the 2014-2015 academic year and have not been added to this list, please email CCARNY@pace.edu to be included!

Adama Orr
Alycia Tarlue
Amanda Pine
Amanda Trajano
Amandine Tristani*
Ariella Riapos
Ayanna Bates
Chris Thomas
Daisa Harris
Diptiben Patel
Elena Marmo
Emily Fullhardt
Frederik Hofken
Fredrika Council
Hasin Ahmed* (Alum)
Jennifer Fernandez
Jessica Raja
Jhenielle Reynolds
Jillian Klepper
Julisa Smith
Kim Novak
Kinsey Mordini
Kiyana Cherry
Lauri Vazquez
Leslie Skalak
Lingzi Su
Lorraine Bishop
Longyu Ping
Meagan Young
Megan Millisky*
Michael Tropeano
Millie Weeks
Nelli Agbulos*
Riddhi Doshi*
Robyn Berube
Sanskriti Ratra
Sean Domingo
Senaite Tewolde-Mesfin
Tsering Choden
Wilson Lauture*
Yuliya Palianok*
Yumi Kim*



We’d like to thank and recognize all of the wonderful departments, offices, student groups, and community organizations we’ve worked with this year!

Student Groups
Beta Alpha Psi
Christian Fellowship at Pace
Generation Citizen
The Pace Press
Student Peace Alliance
The Underground

Community Organizations
Friends of Rockaway
Hamilton Madison House
New York Cares
New York Common Pantry
NYC Rescue Mission
Read Ahead
The Anti-Trafficking Independence Project

Pace Departments/Offices
Birnbaum Library
Body & Mind House
Center for Academic Excellence
Cinema House
Counseling Center
Dean for Students
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
English Language Institute
First Year Programs/UNV101
Gotham House
LGBTQA and Social Justice Center
Office for Student Success
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Peace and Justice Studies Department
Political Science Department
Residential Life


Read Ahead Volunteers

These Pace students, faculty, and staff volunteered one hour per week during the 2014-2015 school year in partnership with Read Ahead to read to a local elementary school student, totaling more than 30 hours each. Volunteers who have participated in the program for at least two years are marked with an asterisk.

Dasha Akelin
Wendy Castro
Tiffany Edson
Peggy Jackson
Janelle Jordan
Aimee Piatek
Laura Schoenmeier
Meghan Seeberger
Elise Adams
Malcolm Alexis
Jocelyn Bravo
Kayla Brookins
Patricia Deas Nixon
Nolan Denny
Rachel Douty
Lloyd Duberry*
Emily Erb
John Fessler
Emily Fullhardt
Faneese George
Mohini Gobin
Margaret Hanson
Jessie Huffman*
Mitson Joseph
Ashley Kuenneke*
Rachel LaSala*
Abby Lindauer
Brittany Marti
Michelle Miloscia*
Julia Molinaro
Michelle Morrisey
Katelyn Postiglione*
Gabriela Souffront
Ellen Sowchek*
Margaret Venturella
Caroline Ver Planck


Alternative Spring Break Participants

These 15 students from both the NYC and PLV campuses dedicated over 20 hours of service each during their spring break to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy, as well as participating in discussions, writing blog post reflections, meeting with community members, and writing letters to elected officials.

Alejandro Velasquez
Antonio Harris
Ashleen Ulysse
Ashley Lora
Caitlin Vanderpool
Cesar Ballesteros
Elizabeth Garcia
Jandery De La Cruz
Jessica Raja
Krystle Solano
Lindsay Burgess
Michael Tropeano
Paola Perez
Ruchika Bagga
Stephania Castro
Tiffany Pabon


2014-2015 Jefferson Award Winners

The Center for Community Action and Research is pleased to award 12 members of the Pace Community 2014–2015 Jefferson Award Bronze Medals for their dedication to public service. Additionally, the Jefferson Awards Board of Directors selected Jason Gonzalez to represent the Pace winners at the national Jefferson Awards for Public Service ceremony in Washington, DC, this summer. Click here for more information on all of this year’s winners!

Alexander Saitta
Brando Brandini
Dr. Brian Evans
Diana Mendez
Dr. Diane Cypkin
Jason Gonzalez*
Kylah Bruno
Kim Novak
Maria Lane
Dr. Michelle Land
Remy Gallo
Robert D. Rahni


2014-2015 Volunteer and Activist Spotlights

The following students were interviewed as part of an ongoing series of spotlights on Pace leaders in service, activism, and civic engagement.

Activist Spotlights
Caitlin Boley
Elena Marmo
Larissa Szilagyi
Nelli Agbulos
The #PaceUniversityPoet
Volunteer Spotlights
Djenane Jean
Maria Gozon


2014-2015 CCAR Student Staff

Center for Community Action and Research student staff members are an integral part of the office, working 10-15 hours per week helping to plan and administer programs with the CCAR.

Caitlin Boley
Student Outreach & New Media Projects Coordinator
Natasha Bynum
Student Volunteer & Advocacy Projects Coordinator


Join Us Next Year!

Want to get involved this Fall? Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get all the latest updates. If you are interested in co-sponsoring an event with us, email CCARNY@pace.edu. Have a great summer!