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Empowering Socially Responsible ThinkersHow Do They Do It? The hallmark of the Center has been service learning courses, or as they are known at Pace, Civic Engagement and Public Value courses. The Center connects professors with community organizations to create courses that combine academics with social issues and include a community engagement component. Examples include: an economics course in which students evaluated 20 years of trends in giving to the Westchester Chapter of the American Red Cross, a calculus course where students tutored their subject in local schools, and a psychology course in which students and the local Salvation Army created a conference for several hundred people to raise awareness of human trafficking. These courses present students with important issues of the day and encourage them to seek solutions by uncovering the implications of social policy on individuals and society at large. The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR), which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, offers much more than just community service opportunities for students. It also coordinates Pace's participation in two prestigious national civic engagement initiatives: Project Pericles and the Jefferson Awards, and has helped ensure that Pace is on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement designee. Through its many programs, CCAR helps develop students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, global citizens, and are empowered to effect change. 8 | Dyson College of Arts and SciencesCommunity Service

Project Pericles On March 24 and 25, Project Pericles hosted the 2011 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference on Pace University's New York City Campus, where more than 60 student leaders from 27 Periclean colleges and universities had the opportunity to participate in exciting workshops and panel discussions on social action, democracy and technology, the federal budget, income inequality, and the role of non-profits. The conference was supported by the Eugene M. Lang Foundation and the Periclean colleges and universities.Fast Fact About DysonDuring the 2010-2011 academic year, Pace students provided 51,500 hours of community service through CCAR.Action Oriented Events The Center also hosts action-oriented events, such as "Take Action Against Child Labor in U.S. Fields," "Tell Facebook to Unfriend Coal!", and "Support Gun Control." CCAR also hosts open forums for discussions called "Common Hour Conversations," where students debate current social justice issues. Combining all aspects of CCAR's mission is Alternative Spring Break. As the name implies, this program offers students an alternative to spending the week on the beach and instead provides an opportunity for students to do meaningful work in the community. It is a week-long issues-immersion experience where students confront a problem by studying its root causes, implications, and the manner in which it is currently being addressed by government, nonprofit groups, and society. This year students looked at poverty in New York City and had the opportunity to hear from current and formerly homeless individuals through Ready, Willing & Able?-?a men's homeless shelter in Harlem, Sylvia's Place?-?an LGBTQ youth homeless shelter, and Picture the Homeless?-?a grassroots organization, founded and led by homeless people. "It was a beautiful experience, one that I will never forget," said one student. "And it was one experience that has encouraged me to do more community service and act on the issue of poverty specifically." in Review 2010-2011 | 9