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From exciting new grants to civil rights advocacy awards, here are a few recent major faculty accomplishments.

It’s been quite a month for our professors! Here are some notable grants and awards that are helping elevate Pace into a new era of prominence:


Elisabeth Haub School of Law Professors Randy McLaughlin, JD, and Debra Cohen, JD, were recently honored by the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence with the “Champion of Justice” award for their civil rights advocacy. Both McLaughlin and Cohen have spent the past few decades tirelessly advocating for civil rights reform and justice.

“It was a great honor to be recognized by an organization that epitomizes justice for all. However, the true champions of justice are our clients who stand up against oppression and injustice,” says McLaughlin.

“Being recognized by the Westchester MLK Jr. Institute for Nonviolence as a ‘Champion of Justice’ is such an honor because, to me, their members are truly the champions for being a steady presence standing shoulder to shoulder with victims of injustice. Their presence outside the courtroom is as important as what we, as lawyers, do inside and I am proud to be a partner for justice with them,” says Cohen.


Seidenberg Associate Professor of Information Technology Jean Coppola, PhD, was awarded the 2017 Coach the Year by the Westchester County Executive for the 2017 Westchester Smart Mobile App Bowl. Students under Coppola’s mentorship were very positively influenced by her leadership. Says one student, “Dr. Coppola is a wonderful, motivating coach. She always pushes me to do better, because of her wisdom and guidance I tackle things differently.”

"I am very moved and so grateful for being selected by the students who wrote beautiful things. The students are appreciative of the time, attention, texts, mentoring, career guidance, and constant challenging to raise the bar performing their absolute best to their abilities—far beyond making their current app better, but molding their passion for their work with lifelong lessons! It’s my privilege and honor to coach awesome students while shaping their lives," says Coppola.


Law Assistant Professor of Law Margot Pollans, LLM, was named to the NYC Food Policy Center's list of "40 under 40 Rising Stars" in NYC Food Policy. Among other responsibilities, Pollans serves as the faculty director of the Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative.

"It is such an honor to be included in Hunter College New York Food Policy Center’s '40 under 40'. I hope that our work here at Pace can make a real difference for the farmers and food businesses struggling to make our food system more equitable and sustainable," says Pollans.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Metropolitan Correctional Center for the Parenting, Prison, and Pups Program, which incorporates therapy dogs to provide inmate mothers with skills training in parenting. She was also honored at the Good Dog Foundation's annual gala, and awarded a certificate of excellence and $1,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Elmsford, New York, which will go toward funding therapy teams.

"I am so thankful to be appreciated for the work I love to do! It was my pleasure to volunteer my time to provide parenting classes to the women of MCC (Metropolitan Correctional Center) and to have the opportunity to involve my students," says Collica-Cox. "I am looking forward to providing these classes in the fall with students from the other campus to the WCDOC (Westchester County Department of Correction.) Developing and implementing the first program of its kind in the nation is very exciting. This is one of the best experiences of my career, and by helping moms, we are inadvertently helping children. I was surprised by how much progress these women made in such a short period of timetheir dedication and commitment was very motivating."


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