Public Policy, Advocacy and Civic Engagement (PACE)

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Are you interested in making a difference? Doing something to solve a problem you think is important? Many students spend time studying issues like how to balance economics development and environmental protections, juvenile justice, economics inequality, the problems facing American families corruption in government, international human rights, and much more. But, when their interest is sparked, they don't know where to go with it and what to do. If you can relate, welcome to PACE: Making a difference one step at a time.

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         New York State legislators at Sage's Women of Influence in Politics Series, Fall 2013

 In their coursework, PACE students study the inner workings of American governmental and civic organizations, the ways in which public policy is made, and the practice of politics, advocacy, and civic engagement. They also delve into the lives of exemplary citizens and leaders, track current policy issues, and explore pathways - such as law, criminal justice, economics, globalization, and environmental policy. PACE students also hone their communications skills and sharpen their policy research and analytical skills.

What makes PACE unique? The ability to create your own learning pathway. All students in PACE obtain a core understanding of "the way things work" and the skills necessary to become involved. Then, working closely with an advisor, you select coursework and experiential learning opportunities in your policy area of interest. Pathways are tailored by you, with guidance, to meet your individual career and educational goals Click here for some pathways models

New York's Capital Region offers a rich laboratory of civic experiences for students who want to help make a difference in society. The region is home to New York State government, 60 school districts, over 120 local communities, more than 500 civic organizations, and a growing private sector of research and technology firms dedicated to improving the quality of life in the region and beyond.

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Students visit the NYS Assembly chamber in Albany.

PACE students are well positioned to make the most of these C-Span Studentsopportunities as they advance their educational, career and civic goals through internships in the Capital Region with all levels of government, interest groups, non-profit organizations, and private businesses.

As a career gateway, PACE provides you with practical skills and knowledge, which will build your confidence and resume as you enter the workforce or pursue higher education. In special workshops in advocacy, fundraising and networking, you will  work with practitioners on career-building skills from strategic planning to grass-roots mobilization and fundraising.

Featured Student: Lena Persico
PACE with Pre-Law Studies Pathway

Lena Persico

 New York State Assembly Session Intern (2014) whose research paper on genetically modified foods was one of nine selected out of 130 or so interns to be published in the Interns Committee's Distinguished Intern Report. "I'm very very happy, and I'm also thankful as I used knowledge from the law research course".



Featured Student: Margaret Brenenstuhl
PACE with Environmental Policy Pathway

Maragaret BrenenstuhlInternship at Climate Crisis Center: Interning with Professor Leibo in the Sage Climate Crisis Center has allowed me to share what I learned in my studies regarding the environmental crisis with the entire campus community. I truly felt like I was making an impact at Russell Sage through our many outreach events that I organized during the semester. The experience showed me that advocating to people about climate change is something I want to do in my future".

Summer program at Eco Practicum: "This four week program I am going to be a part of in the Catskills, seems to be the definition of hands on learning. Not only am I going to be farming the land where I will be living, but meeting with different representatives in the environmental field." Each week is unique and involves workshops, classroom and farming time, and the chance to tour different facilities such as an industrial slaughterhouse and fracking site."

Study Abroad in Thailand: "During the month of July, I will be living with a family in a small village near Surin, Thailand called, Tha-Tum. This farming community is home to thirty elephants, who I will be learning how to ride, wash and feed. This experience is a great way to immerse myself in the Thai culture, learning how they dress, act and how to prepare their food."