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04/13/2016 Crisis and the Disproportionate Impact on Women

Join us for a forum discussion on Crisis and The Disproportional Impact on Women. This discussion will focus on the challenges women, particularly in Africa, face in crisis situations from the perspectives of Health, War and Climate change.

Are these effects gender neutral or are women disproportionately impacted? How do policies made in the US affect African women in crisis? What strategies have been put in place to address challenges women face in crisis? What areas need more work and advocacy? 

These questions and many more will be discussed by professionals form the Global Justice Center, United Nations, MADRE and other international organizations involved in promoting the rights of women. Come hear their experiences and share your views.

Akila Radhakrishnan - Global Justice Center
Ghita El Khyari - UN Women
Sekou Kesselly - African Security Consulting
Meave Murphy - MADRE

04/13/2016 Women Lead: Women's Leadership and Public Service

Wagner Women's Caucus' First Annual "Women Lead: Exploring Women's Leadership and Public Service" event will bring a diverse panel to share their experiences as women in public leadership, discussing confronting gender issues, building careers in the public service, and expanding the visibility of women leaders. Engaging on issues of mentorship, negotiating your space, and skills of leadership, the event will include a combined panel discussion and semi-structured networking time to allow Wagner students to practice their public voice and build valuable relationships between emerging women leaders in public service.

Noa Gafni, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner & CEO of Impact Squared

Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director, Women's City Club of New York Fran Pastore, President & CEO, Women’s Business Development Council 

04/13/2016 Book Launch: World Scientific Handbook of Global Health Economics

Hear co-authors Dr. Richard Scheffler, Dr. Sherry Glied and Dr. Alexander S. Preker talk about their contributions to the World Scientific Handbook of Global Health Economics. 

The event will include a buffet lunch from 12:30pm - 1:30pm, and then the book discussion from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.


  • Global Health Economics: What is the Evidence? - Dr. Richard Scheffler, Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Economics of Financing Health Care - Dr. Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Dr. Alexander S. Preker, President and CEO of the Health Investment and Financing Corporation 
04/12/2016 Poverty & Welfare Reform Panel

1996 welfare reform under President Bill Clinton was intended to “end welfare as we know it.” That legislation changed the welfare system significantly, generating a range of impacts and mixed results for America’s poor: We gained the earned income tax credit, but we have much to learn from what was lost and the effects on many people no longer reached by the system.

Join us as we mark the 20th anniversary of welfare reform by presenting analysis of the policy's design, performance, and effect on real people's lives, and explore visions for future policies and programs to more effectively reach low-income communities and decrease poverty. The panel, moderated by Prof. Jonathan Morduch, will convene from 6:00 - 7:30 PM; guests and speakers will be invited to mingle and engage in further discussion from 7:30 - 8:30 PM.


  • Ajay Chaudry, visiting professor, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sherry Glied, NYU Wagner Dean, former Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Robert Hawkins, the McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies at the NYU Silver School of Social Work
  • Angela Rachidi, American Enterprise Institute, formerly of the NYC Human Resources Administration

Moderator: Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at NYU Wagner, Executive Director of the Financial Access Initiative

Co-sponsered by: SCJR (Students for Criminal Justice Reform), WEFA (Wagner Economics and Finance Association), and WHN (Wagner Health Network). 

04/12/2016 Careers with Impact - Chat with NYU Wagner Career Services

Have a passion for social change? Come learn about how NYU Wagner students and alumni are using their degree to have an impact on the world. NYU Wagner Admissions will be joined by the NYU Wagner Office of Career Services. There will be plenty of time for questions.

04/08/2016 Exploring Sexual Assault Awareness: Preventive Strategies, Advocacy and Policy Proposal

BSA aims to bring sexual assault, awareness, and conversation to our campus this Spring, to support the national awareness campaign: Prevention is Possible! We will host an engaging roundtable discussion with sexual assault advocates in New York City. This discussion will include topics on awareness and prevention, policy proposals and initiatives, prevalence in minority communities (Black, Latino, Asian, LGBT, etc.), and the importance of educating college students.


Saswati Sarkar, Assistant Director of Prevention from NYC Alliance for Sexual Assault

Renee Wishart, LMSW, Black Women's Blueprint

04/07/2016 iMentor Information Session

Interested in mentoring a NYC high school student? Join WEPSA to learn about the iMentor program and how you can build mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.

04/06/2016 WEFA Discussion Community #2 - Which Presidential Candidates' Tax Policies Do Your Prefer?

Take a break and join the WEFA Discussion Community for our second topic of the year: the proposed tax policies of our presidential hopefuls. Drink some coffee with your fellow Wagnerds and discuss whose plans you like and why. (Not too familiar with this topic and need some background? Please read this brief article in advance of the discussion.)

04/06/2016 Open Mic with NYU Wagner Students

Join us to hear from current NYU Wagner students about their experience in the program. They will discuss their transition into Wagner and how it is already having an impact on their career. Ample time will be made available for participant questions to be answered.


The views of religious American voters remain tremendously important for shaping outcomes of the public policy process. This is particularly true in policy subsystems that touch on matters, on which religious authority-figures may directly comment – most notably in areas of individual behavior, among others. This brown bag will discuss the impact of faith on political leadership and policy issues. The session will address how religious leaders affect civil discourse and democracy, searching for pathways for constructive religious involvement in civic affairs while rethinking the nature of contemporary community and civic obligation.


As elite policy actors – such as candidates for public office, legislators, interest-group leaders, and government bureaucrats – act within their own limited information, they may mistakenly ascribe deep core beliefs to whole groups of voters, heuristically identified by denomination. A more sophisticated view of the relationship of American Christians to their church leaders and their policy preferences in the area of deeply held convictions such as sexual purity, authority and loyalty can help identify opportunities for policy entrepreneurs in this space.

Through our study of conservative Christians, we learned not to confuse deep core beliefs – the truth of Scripture, the roles of sin and evil, the danger of contamination – with policy core beliefs on issues from same-sex marriage to abortion, prayer or condoms in school. Policy elites simply do not know very much about religious voters in America, as the recent 2016 presidential election campaign has demonstrated with the support for Republican Donald Trump among evangelical Christians. Some certainly do – it is important to consider the flexibility on lower tiered beliefs within policy coalitions and to take seriously the ways in which religious Americans organize their hierarchies of belief.

04/05/2016 Restoring Lives: Innovation that Supports People in the Margins

Join us as we engage in a dialogue with innovative community leaders who have dedicated their lives to managing programs that restore lives. This is an opportunity for future social leaders to learn about the management challenges of helping people in the margins. This event will shed light on the strategic difficulties organizations face when managing issues related to reentry, immigration, domestic violence, or LGBTQIA communities.

Restoring Lives will allow us to connect the management struggles and explore the functional solutions of organizations that serve marginalized communities. The conversation will be facilitated by Parker Krasney, Senior Advisor at the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO). Parker Krasney is also CEO liaison to the Young Men's Initiative, an inter-agency campaign to reduce disparities between young black and Latino men and their peers. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. We invite you to enter this vital conversation happening at NYU Wagner. This event is presented by Students for Criminal Justice Reform and Stonewall Policy Alliance.

Roy Waterman, Program Director, Drive Change
Robina Niaz, Executive Director, Turning Point for Women and Families
Beverly Tillery, Executive Director, NYC Anti-Violence Project

Moderator: Parker Krasney, Senior Advisor, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity

04/05/2016 Stories Worth Telling: Gain More Opportunities through Strategic Storytelling

How do the best leaders from fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and foundations use stories to influence and inspire? Learn firsthand how to effectively tell your story, with confidence and creativity. You’ll leave this fully engaged and energized workshop with sharper communication skills, a stronger professional network, enhanced storytelling strategies, personal feedback, and practical advice. Get customized leadership training from a global expert who has coached top executives and entrepreneurs, from Amazon to Uber, Greenpeace to Special Olympics, MTV to MIT.

Refreshments and drinks will be served.

04/05/2016 Webinar for EMPA Nurse Leaders Prospective Students

NYU Wagner will host a webinar for the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Nurse Leaders program. Come learn how the EMPA Nurse Leaders program can help you develop your leadership skills and enhance your career! Admissions staff will help guide you through the application process, provide tips on putting together the most competitive application package and clarify application instructions and timeline.

03/31/2016 Unpacking the Legal and Policy Implications of COP21

Join ACE in a discussion of the legal and policy implications of the Paris Agreement. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) produced an historic international climate accord, with 195 nations pledging to keep global warming below 2°C. Decades in the making, this agreement represents a bold victory in diplomacy, and sets the agenda for decades of work to reduce the human impact on our environment. However, moving from agreement to action amidst challenging and complex political arenas will require tremendous efforts, innovations and leadership on behalf of nations world-wide. Experts from the NYU School of Law’s Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use will discuss the legal and policy implications of the climate accord amidst a complex and rapidly shifting international policy arena.

Bryce Rudyk
Executive Director, Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law
Adjunct Professor of Law
New York University School of Law

Karmjit Sangha
International Climate Fellow, Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law
New York University School of Law
Senior Legal Advisor to the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations

This event is the first of three upcoming events hosted by Wagner student groups relating to climate change, moving our discussions from policy to implementation as we tackle the biggest challenge of our time. Following this discussion, IPSA will be hosting a COP21 discussion group on 4/14, and ACE, IPSA and UPSA will be jointly hosting a panel on climate resilient development planning on 4/15. We hope to see you there!

03/29/2016 Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner: “America should embrace the undocumented and expand immigration.”

NYU Wagner and The Century Foundation are proud to present Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner, a public debate series showcasing thoughtful, informed dialogue from experts on the most vital national policy issues. The Spring 2016 Debate Series will focus on higher education, immigration, and privacy and security.

Immigration has become one of the most explosive and polarizing issues of the 2016 presidential campaign. Most everyone, regardless of political affiliation, seems to agree that our current immigration system is broken. For years we have been talking about what to do about the 11 million undocumented individuals that now make up 3.5 percent of the US population. Does it make sense to keep the undocumented in legal limbo, while they pay taxes, participate in our communities, and send their children to public schools? Unease about immigration rose another notch recently when the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino by ISIS sympathizers reminded us that getting immigration right is not just a matter of equity and economics but national security. The problem is that nothing approaching a national consensus has formed on how to fix it.

Policy solutions run the gamut and include mass deportation, building walls on our porous borders, excluding whole categories of immigrants, creating a monitoring system that would weed out potential security threats, limiting immigration to highly skilled workers, or undertaking a comprehensive reform that includes “a path to citizenship” for the undocumented. Immigration advocates claim comprehensive reform will strengthen the overall economy, increase US GDP, foster innovation, create jobs, and even reduce the federal deficit by 25 billion dollars. Opponents of this kind of reform argue that accepting waves of low-wage workers actually puts downward pressure on national wage rates, that “a path to citizenship” effectively means granting amnesty to those who have broken our laws, and that the prospect of an amnesty would create a rush across our borders by more illegal immigrants.

For the motion: Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of National Immigration Law Center
Against the motion: David Frum, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Moderated by: Jonathan Alter, Author and Journalist

03/28/2016 Disaster Response and Economic Development in Southern Africa

Join us for a discussion of how those invested in economic development can support long term, sustainable aid in disaster situations around the world.

Recent devastating floods, drought, and subsequent famine in Malawi have affected over one million people and displaced thousands. Melissa Kushner, Wagner alumna and Executive Director of goods for good, a nonprofit organization that economically empowers communities in Malawi, will share insight on how the organization is making an impact locally.

Additional panelists include:
Shannon Howard, World Food Programme, External Relations Officer
David Stevens, World Policy Institute, Founding Director, Program for African Thought & Fellow

The panel will be moderated by Professor John Gershman, Clinical Professor of Public Service and the Director of International Capstone Programs at Wagner

Co-sponsored by International Public Service Association (IPSA), Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA), Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA), and Bridge at NYU Wagner.

03/26/2016 Tenement Museum Walking Tour: Then & Now

Join UPSA for a Walking Tour with the LES Tenement Museum and learn about the evolution of Lower East Side neighborhoods!

"Then & Now" Program:
History didn’t make the Lower East Side; people did. This tour tells the story of how neighborhood residents for the past 100 years have fought to preserve their community and improve their neighborhood in the face of profound economic and political change. Note: This tour does not enter any buildings."

Tickets are free and they are limited, so RSVP early!
The tour is rain or shine.

03/25/2016 The Power of Public Spaces

Join UPSA for an interactive workshop on placemaking, and learn how policy makers can create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. We will work in teams to transform an underutilized public space.

Nidhi Gulati, from Project for Public Spaces (PPS), will provide the concepts, tools, and creative ideas needed to develop a powerful public space. Then we will put pen to paper and re-imagine a public space near the NYU campus. This workshop is an incredible opportunity to learn from and work with a professional Placemaker.

PPS is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization. It was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. They have completed placemaking projects in more than 3000 communities in 43 countries and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on placemaking.

03/23/2016 20th Annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum | Check Your Intuitions: Improving Decision-Making in Health Policy and Management

Managers and policymakers in many fields are using evidence-based approaches to make smart, strategic decisions that improve services for constituents and communities. So why isn’t the field of health policy and management doing the same?

Evidence-based decision-making is difficult: gathering evidence often requires resources and time, someone needs to analyze and interpret the data, the evidence sometimes contradicts personal instinct, and many leaders don't know how to use the evidence to make better decisions (or sometimes resist making changes). Yet, overcoming these hurdles is critical for improving organizational performance and public services.

Don't miss the 20th Annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum, where leading experts in medicine, nursing, and big data will share how they have overcome these challenges and have used evidence-based decision-making to improve services. Their experience, knowledge, and best practices can be applied directly to the health policy and nonprofit fields for better and more effective decision-making.


Thomas D’Aunno | Professor of Management, NYU Wagner

Maja Djukic | Assistant Professor, NYU College of Nursing

James Knickman | Derzon Clinical Professor of Health and Public Service, NYU Wagner; Director of the Health Evaluation and Analytics Program, NYU Wagner and the NYU School of Medicine

Jon Sendach | Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, NYU Wagner; Deputy Executive Director for Hospital Operations, North Shore University Hospital at Northwell Health

About the Kovner-Behrman Health Forum

Established by NYU Wagner Professor Anthony Kovner in 1996, the annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum convenes leading health experts for a dialogue about how to improve the healthcare delivery system. With extensive experience as both a health practitioner and academic, Professor Kovner recognized the value of bridging the gap between the two sectors. Each year, experts at the Kovner-Behrman Health Forum debate a different healthcare topic that is relevant to both practitioners and researchers, with the goal of learning from one another and improving overall health outcomes.

03/22/2016 NYU Wagner Open House

The best way to get a broad introduction to NYU Wagner is to attend an Open House. In this Open House, you will learn about NYU Wagner's Masters programs and its vision for a public service education re-framed. You will hear in-depth descriptions of our programs, get important information about admissions and financial aid, as well as have an opportunity to meet faculty and current students. This open house is relevant for anyone interested in our Masters or Executive Masters programs.

At the start a faculty member will speak about NYU Wagner broadly. Other faculty will then lead small group discussions by degree program with current students.

Sign in begins at 5:45pm and the event begins promptly at 6:00pm.

03/22/2016 Advancing Collective Leadership: The experience of the NYU Leadership Initiative

The field of leadership studies has made a decided shift to embracing more collective forms of leadership. Theories of distributed leadership, shared leadership, relational leadership, co-leadership abound in the literature as well as the popular press. Increasingly, we even hear corporate leaders touting the value of team-based leadership and distributed decision-making. Yet, we still focus the vast majority of our leadership development investments in individuals and their skills. How might we advance collective leadership capacity? That is the question the NYU Leadership Initiative has taken up through the development of its various offerings for students across NYU. Come hear about their approach and what they are learning and contribute your ideas to help further their work.

03/10/2016 Techbrarian: An Innovator in Education

Join WEPSA for an engaging discussion with innovator in education, Lou Lahana (also known as Techbrarian), as he shares how he has used technology to promote talent development and social action in teens.

A middle school educator at the Island School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Techbrarian is committed to empowering teens to channel their intelligence and creativity to maximize the power of their message. Using technology, his students take social action against social injustice.

03/10/2016 Finance Forum: Gender & Culture in Financial Access

WEFA, along with the Wagner Women's Caucus (WWC) and the Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS), will be hosting a salon discussion focusing on gender and cultural issues in financial access.

This timely topic comes in the wake of the September 2015 Fifth Third Bank scandal, in which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took actions against the Bank for its discriminatory auto loan pricing towards African-American and Hispanic borrowers.

You are invited to join the practitioners and your classmates in discussing the role of gender and culture in the financial access services.


03/08/2016 Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner: “Public college should be free."

NYU Wagner and The Century Foundation are proud to present Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner, a public debate series showcasing thoughtful, informed dialogue from experts on the most vital national policy issues. The Spring 2016 Debate Series will focus on higher education, immigration, and privacy and security.

Millions of American students are burdened with debt that not only affects their future savings but also influences their career choices. Would free tuition increase participation in higher education? And would it lead to a better educated, taxpaying workforce—a self-sustaining social benefit?

College loan debt has exploded to the point that, today, some 40 million student loan borrowers collectively owe more than $1.2 trillion in outstanding debt, and the average graduate who borrowed owes $29,000. Supporters of free college are not just concerned about mounting student debt; they also argue that the cost of attending school has prevented less-well-off students from enrolling or completing college, contributing to inequality. On the other hand, skeptics of the “free tuition” solution argue that pouring more taxpayer dollars into the system will only encourage colleges to charge more tuition, with no added benefit to education.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Educational Policy & Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Richard Vedder, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity

Moderated by:
Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and Author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

03/08/2016 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Spring 2016 - Storytelling as Transitional Justice

​with Louis Bickford, Associate Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner