Contact: Public Affairs
NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Pace University and Iona College will co-sponsor “Connecting
Universities and Communities II,” the second of two conferences designed to inform
faculty, students and community agencies about the unique educational opportunities and
social benefits of service-learning courses. The conference, which is free and open to the
public, will be held on Friday, April 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at Iona’s Spellman Hall, 715
North Avenue, New Rochelle.
This year’s conference will explore the development of partnerships between universities
and social service agencies. Keynote speakers will be John Saltmarsh, Ph.D., associate
professor of history and coordinator of the community service-learning project at
Northeastern University, and Elinor Polansky, M.S.W., chief administrator of the Henry
Street Settlement House located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. From their unique
perspectives, Saltmarsh and Polansky will speak on the conference topic “Exploring the
Meaning of Partnerships.”
Saltmarsh, a historian with a special interest in the American tradition of community
service work, will describe “The Democratic Promise of Community/University
Partnership,” and will consider how the democratic model of two institutions working
together to improve communities can help shape educational goals and universities to
achieve those goals.
Polansky, a social worker, psychologist and experienced administrator of community-
based service agencies, will address the community-university partnership from the
perspective of the social service agency and the community it serves. Polansky is the
Henry Street director of the VIA PACE/Henry Street Education Empowerment (EEP)
Developed in fall 1995 and funded by a grant from Learn and Serve America, a branch of
the Corporation for National Service, the EEP is an ongoing, model service-learning
partnership between VIA PACE (Volunteers in Action at Pace University) and the Henry
Street Settlement House. Through EEP, Pace faculty have developed 18 service-learning
courses in which Pace students serve the Henry Street community in a variety of
capacities, including expanding health services to its clients.
The conference will bring together more than 10 schools from New York City,
Westchester and Fairfield Counties. After the keynote address and discussion, conference
participants will break into small groups to discuss pedagogy and curriculum integration,
community partnerships, faculty development and the future of service-learning.
For more information, call the VIA PACE office in Pleasantville, NY, at (914) 773-3539
or contact Professor Suzanne Senay at VIA PACE in New York City at (212) 346-1767.
VIA PACE is a dynamic program of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences designed to
help students become actively involved in the community and the problems it faces.
Pace, founded in 1906, is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in
New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in
undergraduate and graduate programs in The Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin
School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of
Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.