NEWS RELEASE: Project Girls perform at the White House

Project Girl Performance Collective, a nonprofit founded by Dyson alumna Ashley Marinaccio ’07, Theater and Sociology/Anthropology dual major, performed at the White House this past Friday at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama. Dyson student Dominique Fishback, a current junior BFA Acting major, also performed with the group.

Friday, June 24, 2011, Washington, D.C. –Project Girl Performance Collective (projectgirlperformance collective.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of young women (ages 12- 21) through the performing arts, today performed their show Project Girl: Congo at the White House. The event coincided with the First Lady’s trip to Africa. Project Girl: Congo raises awareness about discrimination and violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Guests heard stories from the ground and participated in activities organized by the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. Jocelyn Frye, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Director of Policy and Special Projects for the First Lady, hosted the event.


Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright for ‘Ruined,’ lauds the work of Project Girl Performance Collective. “It is incredibly moving to see Project Girls using their creative talents to raise their voices in support of women struggling against gender specific human rights abuses in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo. It reminds us that no voice is too small or weak to make a difference.”
“The honor of performing at the White House is beyond our wildest dreams,” professed Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director of Project Girl Performance Collective. “With humble beginnings, Project Girls started by rehearsing in Washington Square Park and performing on the streets of New York City.” Founder and Artistic Director Ashley Marinaccio added, “In addition to raising the status of women, President Obama and The First Lady are acknowledging the power of performing arts in educating, organizing and creating lasting social change.” Project Girl company member Dominique Fishback, age 20, of East New York who grew up amidst “shootouts and killings” in Brooklyn, added, “Now my hood has something big to be proud of. One of their own is performing in the White House! Thank you Michelle Obama for opening your home and giving a voice to girls like me.”


The Project Girl Performance Collective empowers young women (ages 12-21) to write and perform their own work by creating a safe space to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues through the performing arts and written word. Collective members are extremely talented songwriters, choreographers and prolific spoken word poets who write about human rights issues affecting girls both at home and abroad. Project Girl Performance Collective is committed to using theatre and performance to build awareness, trigger action and social change and to raise the status of women worldwide.
For more information about Project Girl or their performance at the White House, contact: Diane Mancher, One Potata Productions, onepotata@gmail.com; 212-353-3478 or visit the Project Girl website projectgirlperformancecollective.org

Wilton Villager: “Church-based group makes annual U.N. pilgrimage in support of women”

A blog item in the Wilton Villager (Connecticut) mentioned the advocacy training session at Pace for young women from more than 30 countries attending the current meeting of the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women.

A blog item in the Wilton Villager (Connecticut) mentioned the advocacy training session at Pace for young women from more than 30 countries attending the current meeting of the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women.  Some participants were involved with a Wilton organization.

To read the full story, visit WiltonVillager.com.

“Legendary” UN Pioneer and Colleague of Eleanor Roosevelt to Speak at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus

Margaret Bruce, OBE, a “legendary” international diplomat who helped found the United Nations, started much of its work for human rights, and organized the first World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975, will speak at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus Tuesday, April 5.

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Contact:
Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer,
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“LEGENDARY” WORLD CRUSADER
FOR WOMEN’S AND HUMAN RIGHTS
TO SPEAK AT PACE PLEASANTVILLE CAMPUS APRIL 5

Margaret Bruce, United Nations pioneer said to leave students “awestruck,”
will discuss “Peace for a Healthy World” during Earth Month activities

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, March 23, 2005 – Margaret Bruce, OBE, a “legendary” international diplomat who helped found the United Nations, started much of its work for human rights, and organized the first World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975, will speak at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus Tuesday, April 5.

Her free talk on “Peace for a Healthy World” is part of the university’s Earth Month activities and is co-sponsored by its Women’s Studies department. It will take place at 7:15 PM in the Butcher Suite upstairs in the Kessel Student Center of the Pleasantville campus of Pace, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance three.

Bruce, who now is working with the United Nations Association on a resolution on the Middle East, was a participant in decades of historic activity. An Englishwoman by birth (and now a U.S. citizen), she was a student in Germany when the Nazis came to power. Although a Christian with no family members affected by the Holocaust, she quickly realized her life’s work would be in human rights.

“Awestruck” students. She joined the United Nations Secretariat staff in London in 1945 during the meetings that led to the first session of the General Assembly there in 1946. Highlights of her later career include serving as Secretary of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and on the drafting committees, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Margaret Bruce is one of the most phenomenal women I have ever met,” said Pace Professor of Public Administration Joan Katen. “She spoke in my Comparative European Politics class and my students were awestruck. Students can learn from textbooks, but to understand from a humanistic point of view as a result of hearing direct experience is invaluable. The students were riveted.”

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After coming to the United States in 1946 with one of the first UN secretariat teams, Bruce was a member of the staff for 32 years. In 1962, she was appointed head of the office responsible for women’s rights. She directed UN programs on the advancement of women for more than 15 years, and helped expand these to focus on women in development as well as human rights. She became Assistant Director of the Human Rights Division in 1969.

Bruce was responsible for the organization of International Women’s Year in 1975 and the first World Conference on Women held in Mexico City in 1975. She retired from the UN in 1977. In 1978, the government of the United Kingdom awarded her the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – a knighthood.

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Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations to Speak at Pace Law School, April 8

The Honorable Rafael Dausá Céspedes, Cuba’s Ambassador to the
United Nations, will speak at Pace University School of Law on Thursday, April 8,
at 4:00 p.m. Ambassador Céspedes was invited by students in the School’s International
Law Society to speak on a number of issues, including U.S.-Cuban relations, Cuba’s
trade and development policies and its role in the United Nations’ system. The
program is open to the public and those wishing to attend should contact Alta Levat
at (914) 422-4128.

Alta Levat: (914) 422-4128
alevat@law.pace.edu

Public Affairs: (212) 346-1637
News@Pace.Edu
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Honorable Rafael Dausá Céspedes, Cuba’s Ambassador to the
United Nations, will speak at Pace University School of Law on Thursday, April 8,
at 4:00 p.m. Ambassador Céspedes was invited by students in the School’s International
Law Society to speak on a number of issues, including U.S.-Cuban relations, Cuba’s
trade and development policies and its role in the United Nations’ system. The
program is open to the public and those wishing to attend should contact Alta Levat
at (914) 422-4128.

Charles Sant’Elia, a first-year law student and member of the Pace International
Law Society, cites a growing interest among students for an understanding of Cuba’s
increasing trade and economic relations in the region. “These are interesting times,”
says Sant’Elia, “travel and trade with Cuba is growing and it is no longer a question
of regional neighbors and some European partners being actively involved with Cuba.
The International Law Society at Pace hopes that Ambassador Céspedes’ appearance at
Pace will give us an opportunity to understand Cuba’s perception on these issues.”

Ambassador Céspedes is a career diplomat who has held several posts with Cuba’s
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Vice-Director of the Ministry’s United States
and Canada Divison. His work for the Foreign Ministry has taken him to Cuba’s
embassies in Nicaragua and Mexico, and now to the United Nations. He has a Bachelor’s
Degree in International Political Relations from Havana’s Raúl Roa García Higher
Institute of International Relations and has completed graduate studies at universities
in the United States.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 5,000 alumni/ae throughout
the country. It offers full- and part-time day and evening J.D. programs on its White
Plains, N.Y., campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and
in Comparative Legal Studies. The School, which has one of the nation’s top-rated
environmental law programs, also offers the doctoral S.J.D. program in that field.
The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University
with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.