CCAR You Ready to Make a Difference?

CCAR in PLV has a week of events planned for you. Rock the voter van, take action, get bowled over, end hunger, and more!

Rock the Voter Van
Tuesday, November 5
The Pace Voter Van will be making stops at both the Pleasantville and Briarcliff campuses all day, transporting students to local polling locations. Co-sponsored with Alpha Phi Alpha.

Take Action: Accessibility and Disability
Wednesday, November 6
12:00 p.m., Kessel Well
Join the CCAR student staff as they bring awareness to Disability and Accessibility on campus and give students an insight to what it’s like for students with disabilities to get around campus.

Bowled Over
Saturday, November 9
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Join the CCAR and students from the Successful Learning Center for a bowling outing! Transportation and lunch will be provided. 
The Successful Learning Center provides collegiate-based learning opportunities for adults with development disabilities. Register here.

Pace at the Table
Monday, November 11
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Butcher Suite
One nation. Underfed. 50 million people in the U.S don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table, starring Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio, and more, shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social, and cultural implications for our nation that could be solved if the American public decided that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. Join CCAR in viewing the film and a discussion on hunger.

Tis Almost the Season
Saturday, December 7
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Volunteers will decorate the recreational center at Edenwald for their holiday celebration. Part of the Pleasantville Cottage School, the Edenwald Center is a residential treatment for facility for children with special needs.

For more information on CCAR in PLV, click here.

Shut Down

CCAR in NYC and PLV wants to keep you informed with Common Hour Convos. Spend your common hour discussing some of the most pressing issues in the news: on October 23, the government shutdown.

The government shut down for 17 days, but what does that mean?

  • 700,000 employees were put on unpaid leave
  • The U.S. lost billions of dollars
  • National Parks, NASA, and the EPA were essentially closed
  • The projection for annualized growth of the nation’s GDP dropped from 3% to 2.4%

The Center for Community Action and Research in NYC and PLV will host Common Hour Convos to further the discussion on the government shutdown on October 23.

Wednesday, October 23, 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
PLV, Kessel C/D
Political Science Professor George Picoulas, other faculty, and students for a common hour convo on the shutdown. Ask questions and discuss this hot topic. Lunch will be served.

NYC, W615
Join Professor Satish Kolluri and your fellow Pace students, faculty, and staff in an informative and open discussion about the government shutdown and where we’ll go from here. Pizza will be served.

Separation of Church and State: Where’s the Line?

Beginning the day with a prayer in school. Birth control. Chick-fil-A. Where do you stand on First Amendment rights and religious freedom? Make your voice heard on March 6.

First Amendment rights and religious freedom have been tangoing for years. While the jury is still out on many issues, we are invited to continue the conversation ourselves.

On Wednesday, March 6, stop by Kessel A/B in PLV from 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. for Separation of Church and State: Where’s the Line, an engaging and controversial Common Hour Convo with the Center for Community Action and Research. Moderated by Campus Chaplain Sister Susan Becker.

Lunch will be provided. E-mail the CCAR at for more info!

CCAR You Ready to Paint a School?

On October 15, the CCAR will participate in Paint a School Day, NYC’s largest hands-on volunteer day. Will you be there to paint the town and children’s lives a little bit brighter?

The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) is looking for 80 ready and willing Pace students to volunteer for Paint a School Day on Saturday, October 13 in NYC. Volunteers will spend the day painting colorful murals, refreshing classrooms, planting flowers, and brightening up playgrounds at local public schools.

Advanced registration is required! Register as a group or individual here.

Students will meet in the lobby of One Pace Plaza and transportation and lunch will be provided. The hours are approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please wear clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty/getting paint on.

If you have any questions, contact the CCAR at or at (212) 346-1791.

Put Your Hands on New York

If you want to help make New York City even more pretty, join CCAR at the spring New York Cares Day on April 21.

The Center for Community Action and Research invites you to join them in planting, mulching, composting, painting, and more at Hands on New York Day 2012!

On Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., CCAR will be working together with New York Cares to improve our communal backyard. This year’s New York Cares Day will be focused on improving New York City’s waterfronts. By the end of the day, 80 parks, community gardens, and green spaces across the five boroughs will be spruced up and ready for the arrival of

Students, faculty, staff, and campus groups are invited to join the Pace team! New York Cares Day Spring is also a fundraiser for New York Cares so normally you would have to pay a $20 fee to volunteer. However, if you sign up to volunteer with CCAR, the $20 fee is waived! E-mail with your name, e-mail, and phone numbers.

All American Bigotry

On April 3, prominent media professionals, activists, and artists stop by the NYC Campus to talk about their effort to combat Islamaphobia.

The Center for Community Action and Research, Student Advisory Committee to Project Pericles, Honors College, Muslim Students Association, Gotham House, and Political Science Department will bring you All American Bigotry? Media, Art, and Activism in the Age of Islamaphobia on Tuesday, April 3, from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Student Union in NYC.

Hear from a panel of media professionals, activists, and artists including:

  • Mahyad Tousi—Co-founder and CEO of BoomGen Studios, the company that provides creative, publicity, and marketing consulting to TLC on the TV show, All-American Muslim.
  • Daisy Khan—Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a non-profit dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony & building bridges between Muslims and the public.
  • Cyrus McGoldrick (aka Raskol Khan)—American-Muslim rapper and Civil Rights Manager of CAIR, NYC (Council of American Islamic Relations)
  • Neda Sarmast—Iranian-American documentary filmmaker, heading up the mission of fostering global youth dialogue with her film Nobody’s Enemy.
  • Kamrooz Aram—Contemporary artist whose work explores themes relating to systems of belief, including nationalist, religious, and artistic ideologies.

Professor Satish Kolluri, Department Of Communication Studies, will moderate the panel.


The “Nobel Prize” for Public Service

Know a student, faculty, or staff member whose community service efforts are changing Pace and/or the world? Nominate them for a Jefferson Award today. Last day for submissions is now April 2!

Each year, the Jefferson Awards for Public Service looks for the “unsung heroes,” the selfless people who make the world a better place through volunteering and community service efforts. Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the awards recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things without needing recognition. And we know there are a ton of you right here at Pace!

Last year, six members of the Pace Community were selected to receive Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for their commitment to service–Michael Boyle (student), John Cronin (staff), Donald Doernberg (faculty), Naphtalie Librun (student), Yvonne Rafferty (faculty), and Hannah Tall (student). And Pace Academy Senior Fellow and Hudson River advocate John Cronin won a gold award and represented Pace at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington, DC.

The Center for Community Action and Research is requesting nominations from Pace University students, faculty, and staff for the 2012 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. If you or someone you know is making a difference in the community, nominate them today. Nominations are due by April 2!

For more information about the Jefferson Award visit Questions about nominating an individual for the Jefferson Awards should be directed to Sangeeta Rao, Associate Director of the Center for Community Action and Research, at, or call (212) 346-1541.