Dean’s Message: Celebrating Civic Engagement
What is civic engagement? Civic engagement is defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as, "working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. In addition, civic engagement encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community."
I am very proud to tell you about the four Dyson College individuals –a student, an alumna/staff member, and two faculty members – who by their actions exemplify what it means to be civically engaged. In recognition of their service to the community, they, along with seven other Pace University students, faculty and staff, have received the prestigious Jefferson Awards Bronze Medal for 2016-17, which honors individuals whose community service efforts best demonstrate dedication to enhancing the quality of life in their community.
The Dyson College winners include:
Kenesha Henry ’18, Applied Psychology and Human Relations major, New York City campus, recognized for her dedication to enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities;
Tiffany Bermudez ’16, MS, Counseling, and residence director, Pleasantville campus, recognized for her work with many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Big Brothers Big Sisters; and
Emily Welty, PhD, assistant professor, Peace and Justice Studies, New York City campus, and Matthew Bolton, PhD, associate professor, Political Science, New York City campus, recognized for their work together to make the world a more peaceful, just and sustainable place.
You can learn more about our winners in this issue of the Dyson Digital Digest.
Dyson College’s Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) accepts nominations of a Pace student, faculty or staff member for the Jefferson Awards Bronze Medal throughout the academic year. The Center oversees a committee of previous Jefferson Bronze Award winners, which reviews the nominations and determines the winners each year. The nominees may be involved in a civic engagement activity that CCAR has provided to them, or one that they have secured on their own. Yet, CCAR is central to the entire Pace University community in providing an enormous number of opportunities to volunteer and engage in service with the community. Their mission is to enrich the educational experiences of Pace students, faculty, and staff to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders and citizens for active participation in the larger life of their communities, the nation, and the world. We are very proud of the work that CCAR does to build beneficial partnerships with community organizations, and to bring Pace resources to bear on community identified needs. This year’s eleven Pace University Bronze Medal Winners speaks to CCAR’s success in achieving their mission. You can learn more about CCAR and all of Pace University’s Jefferson Award winners here.
Civic engagement, one of the signature hallmarks of a Dyson College education, provides our students with real-world experience and a rewarding opportunity to contribute to improving the lives of others. These kinds of experiences deepen our students’ education and contribute to a well-rounded foundation of liberal arts learning that help to form the basis for leading a fulfilling life.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of our quarterly newsletter. If you have a story to share, please contact Angela Nally, assistant dean, at email@example.com.
Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences