Help Seidenberg Support the Downtown Community

Pace students help organize a concert in NYC to benefit the AHRC, an organization dedicated to helping those with development disabilities.

The AHRC of NYC and the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall are partnering with Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems faculty and CIS102W students to hold a concert on February 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room to benefit the AHRC, an organization dedicated to serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Performers will include professional musicians classically trained in such genres as pop and folk, as well as AHRC staff who are musicians part-time. Musicians are paired with an individual served by the AHRC where they learn to sing, rap, play instruments, and even compose their own music while also helping to create meaningful relationships and memories.

Beginning in 2007, CIS102W students have organized cultural and musical production and photography showcases in the Schimmel Theater that have highlighted the many societal contributions by individuals with developmental disabilities. At the upcoming concert, students will serve as escorts, guides and hosts to guests from the local downtown community as well as advocates for the disability rights movement and supporters of the AHRC in attendance. Students will also offer individualized tours for guests interested in exploring the campus, as well as hold a luncheon.

The CIS102W course, instructed by James Lawler, DPS, has been awarded the National Jefferson Award for Community Service, a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public service in the U.S., and also allows students to fulfill their AOK 1 requirement within the curriculum necessary for graduation.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Professor Lawler by e-mail at

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14