Welcome to PACE!
The Mission and Goals of PACE
Institute for Public
Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University
PACE is a non-partisan institute committed to
undergraduate learning that sparks interest in public
affairs and civic engagement, and acts as a resource center
for local government, nonprofits and public groups.
PACE was launched
with a generous grant from the Grayce B. Kerr
Fund in 1999 to
reinvigorate the idea of a state university as a place where
civic involvement is encouraged, and where students'
intellectual curiosity fosters political and community
We follow the guidelines of SU's mission
statement of: "Our highest purpose is to empower students with
knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to lifelong
learning and active citizenship in a democratic society."
To that end, PACE provides
students with enriching learning experiences through
interactive, thoughtful seminars; sponsoring a lecture series
that brings top-level national political leaders to campus;
policy and survey research; hands-on internships and much more.
Distinguished faculty bolster our efforts by teaching courses in
diverse disciplines, such as philosophy, political science,
biology, history and communication arts. PACE impacts the
civic life of the Eastern Shore by hosting public forums,
events, leadership training sessions for local citizens, and
motivating our students to use their talents and energy to
become tomorrow's civic leaders.