Working Toward Goodness
Civic engagement and community outreach is one of the chief components to success while at Pace and after. This year, Pace University students donated 55,650 hours of service. At some point in their lives, all Pace University graduates will be called on to contribute to society. While for-profit companies are becoming increasingly aware that success in the marketplace requires strategic consideration of their social impact, the need for thoughtful, well-educated leaders in nonprofits and philanthropy is also growing. Here are just a few ways members of the Pace Community are giving back:
The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences works to implement Pace’s mandate to provide students with a holistic education that embodies the liberal arts tradition of educating for citizenship and social responsibility. Some of the opportunities that can be found through our office include: the Project Pericles Leadership Certificate, the Jefferson Awards, job opportunities, Alternative Spring Break, local volunteer and advocacy opportunities, grants, and teaching assistantships.
Project Pericles at Pace University offers an exciting leadership program in service and citizenship for student leaders. This program is designed to give students valuable leadership skills through civic participation, community action, and advocacy for social change. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded The Project Pericles Leadership Certificate in Service and Citizenship at graduation.
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were established to recognize and honor individuals whose community service efforts best exemplify dedication to enhancing the quality of life in their community. Pace University became a Champion of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service in 2008 and since then has gone on to earn 37 Jefferson Awards. Nominations are solicited from the University Community and finalists are selected based on their personal, sustained commitment to service, and for the model of spirit and service they provide the University Community.
The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit community and Pace University. Devoted to honing the risk-taking spirit and managerial skills of nonprofit organizations, the center was launched with a pledge of $5 million from Helene and Grant Wilson, Boston-area entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose philanthropic endeavors convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help social ventures increase their impact. For summer 2013, the Wilson Center received a record 344 applications for 20 positions at New York social enterprises and nonprofit organizations. A final group of 17 students were placed. It is clear that many students view the Funded Internship program as a financially supportive way to gain experience in his/her chosen field: 85% of Wilson-funded interns stated salary was “extremely” or “very” influential in their decision to apply for these internships.