Poverty Discussion Group - Earned Income Tax Credit
The Poverty Discussion Group brings together students interested in issues related to domestic poverty and low-income families/communities to have informal brown bag discussions every month. We believe Wagner students have a great deal of knowledge and experience through jobs, internships, and volunteering from which our community can learn. Through these conversations, we hope to start lively discussions that will expand our knowledge of the innovative anti-poverty initiatives being implemented by local, state, and federal governments, as well as exciting on-the-ground work being done by CBOs.
This month's discussion will feature Dr. Cynthia Miller, Senior Research Associate at MDRC, who will discuss the impact of the EITC based on her work with MDRC’s Director, Gordon Berlin.
Distorted Images, Uneven Policies: How the Media Shape Public Policy Outcomes
From the newly passed Arizona immigration law to TANF reauthorization, media representations of groups and individuals can have a powerful impact on public policy outcomes at the state and federal levels. These images and narratives that the media-at-large shape and disseminate bear tremendous weight on public opinion and how policymakers respond to some of the greatest challenges of our time. Support for social policies for low-income and marginalized communities can be especially sensitive to the language, images and tone employed by the media.
Join national experts as they discuss the media’s influence in shaping public perceptions of poverty, immigration and other pressing social issues. They will also explore the ways in which race, gender, and class intersect in media constructions of the poor as well as ways to use the media to generate support for inclusive public policies.
IPSA Off-The-Record with former Icelandic Parliament Member Agust Olafur Agustsson
Agust Olafur Agustsson, a Wagner student and a former member of the Icelandic Parliament, will talk about his experience as a legislator when the global financial crisis began. Agustsson was the chairman of the Bank and Trade Committee at a time when Iceland suffered its biggest economical blow. He also served as vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Party, one of two parties that formed Iceland´s government at the time.
Agustsson will discuss the policy decisions Iceland made in the aftermath of the collapse as well as the following issues:
The Middle East and United States Strategy Series: A New Middle East: How Should the West Respond?
Featuring Ed Husain
Ed Husain is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His work focuses on international threats from radicalization, extremism, and terrorism. Previously, Mr. Husain was cofounder and codirector of Quilliam Foundation, the world’s first counter-radicalization think tank. He also served as a language instructor at the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia.
Formerly an activist of Jamat-e-Islami, Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), and Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United Kingdom, Mr. Husain has now become a strong critic of extremism and Islamism. He is an advocate of Muslim engagement in mainstream politics as citizens, and not as separatist, anti-western polemical ideologues with Islamist agendas.
He has been a frequent commentator for Newsweek, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, al-Jazeera, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, Prospect, New Statesman, The Independent, and The Jewish Chronicle, among others. He is also the author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), a finalist for the George Orwell prize for political writing. His next book will be The Sufis (Penguin, forthcoming in 2012).
Born and raised in London, Mr. Husain has a master’s degree in Middle East studies from SOAS, University of London.
Foreclosure Rescue Fair: A Volunteer Event With WEFA
WEFA (Wagner Economic and Finance Association) invites you to join us for a day of volunteering to help avert and prevent Foreclosure!
The purpose of the Rescue Fair, hosted by the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc, is to provide access to information and resources for families who are concerned about becoming delinquent on their mortgage obligations or who are currently delinquent and possibly facing foreclosure. Some of the partners and lenders in the fair include the Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities, NYC Council Member Leroy Comrie, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo/Wachovia.
The overall strategy of the fair is to support community-based efforts to provide home retention services to low and moderate income and multicultural families at risk of foreclosure.
Volunteer activities might include greeting, running registration/check-in, and overall monitoring of workshops.
Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.
PLEASE BE ON TIME AT 8:00 am. Be sure to check-in with Adam Drucker, VP of Events for WEFA
Uncover and Speak Out: Systemic Violence Against LGBTQ Communities From a Global Perspective
LGBTQ activists and advocates around the world have achieved unprecedented headway in the recognition, promotion and respect of human rights. Progressive governments have deliberated over and even passed legislation seeking to eviscerate discrepancies in health care access, grant marriage and partnering rights, foster safety and promote decriminalization. Some countries are following a road map toward more egalitarian societies, where being LGBTQ-identified is not a factor of exclusion or discrimination. However, despite this outstanding progress, LGBT communities throughout the world are particularly vulnerable to different types of systemic violence, human rights abuses and threats.
This event will follow the Fishbowl format, in which speakers will have a dialogue in a circle at the center of the room. Later in the presentation, interested audience members can briefly join the circle in order to share their expertise and responses, based in their own experiences. After audience members have a chance to share, our invited speakers will have final words.
Panelists to Include:
Speakers will discuss the following questions:
Alliance of Latin American Students, Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, International Public Service Association, Stonewall Policy Alliance, Wagner International Students Society, Wagner Intersectionality Studies Is Essential, Wagner Student Association for Africa
Refreshments will be provided.
Healthcare Access: A Global Problem
Panel discussion on healthcare access issues across the globe. Our panel will talk about their experiences from their research regarding the various healthcare access issues observed in European, African and American countries.
Eric Goldwyn, Columbia, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) Group Ride Vehicle pilot program
NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) Group Ride Vehicle pilot program
In September 2010, The Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) initiated its Group Ride Vehicle (GRV) pilot program. Group Ride Vehicles are a flexible transit option that the TLC believed would satisfy unmet transit demand in Brooklyn and Queens. The TLC launched the GRV program in response to Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) decision to cancel or re-route 37 bus lines.
This research has two goals. The first goal is to evaluate the GRV program through the analysis of data collected from surveys and interviews with passengers, operators, and TLC staff. We will also develop a transit typology to see how Group Ride Vehicles compare and contrast with other similar modes, such as buses, taxis, commuter vans, and access-a-ride vehicles. The purpose of this typology is to understand what benefits Group Ride Vehicles offer, if any, in comparison to other existing modes of transit. The second goal is to learn why the program failed and how entrepreneurial transportation policies can be better executed. We theorize that miscommunication between operators and the TLC, poor public outreach and advertising, the TLC’s budget constraints, lack of coordination between the MTA and the TLC, and the public’s lack of familiarity with Group Ride Vehicles created intractable barriers to the program’s success.
Re-thinking Juvenile Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration for Youth
In January 2011, Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech called for an overhaul of New York State’s juvenile justice system, framing the issue as both an economic and moral one. Incarcerating young people strains the state budget, costing an estimated $210,000 to hold one young person for one year. In navigating the tension between the social needs of troubled youth and their families, the financial needs of economically depressed communities that depend on prisons for jobs, and interests of public safety, Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) looks to various system and community stakeholders to discuss alternatives to incarceration (ATI) for youth in New York City and New York State. We will explore questions, such as:
• What are the needs of youth and families who involved with the criminal justice system?
The event will take place in a “fish-bowl” discussion style, in which the panelists will sit in the center of the room, and audience members would sit around the speakers. There will have two empty chairs next to the panelists for audience members to join the conversation. We encourage participation of NYU students and people who have been directly affected by the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
6:30 Check-in and reception
Fundraising and Philanthropy in Today's Economy
Presented by NYU Wagner Alumni in Fundraising & Development Network and NYU Wagner Alumni in Philanthropy Network
A conversation among non-profit professionals in the fundraising and philanthropic fields about how things are going as the economy begins to recover. After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity to network with the panelists and other attendees.
Margaret M. Coady - Director, The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP)
As CECP's director, Margaret leads the organization's long-range strategic and operational planning, authors quantitative and qualitative research reports, runs the annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit and Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy selection process, and manages CECP's growing team of program specialists. Margaret also directs the Committee's partnership initiatives such as the development of Principles of Social Investment with the United Nations Global Compact and the research report "Shaping the Future: Solving Social Problems through Business Strategy" with McKinsey & Company. Since joining the organization in early 2005, Margaret's close work with member companies, oversight of the Committee's proprietary Corporate Giving Standard online benchmarking system, and her authorship of four editions of the annual "Giving in Numbers" report have established her as a leading authority on emerging trends in the field of corporate giving. She lectures for national and international audiences and has appeared on television and radio programs including BBC World Report, CNBC Morning Call, and CNBC Street Signs.
Cheryl Green Rosario - Director of Philanthropy, American Express
Cheryl is an active member of the funding community through her work with the Contributions Advisory Group, Grantmakers in the Arts and Philanthropy New York. She is also the Vice-Chair of Art Education for the Blind’s Board, Board member of Creative Alternatives of New York and Disability Funder’s Network.
In addition to her corporate experience, Cheryl has over 12 years of nonprofit experience, mostly in the field of disabilities and working with girls and families in underserved neighborhoods.
Cheryl has her MPA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from New York University and a BS in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Cheryl and her husband live in New Jersey with their 5-year old daughter Olivia and 1 year old son Lucas.
Sandra Toussaint-Burgher is the Director of Development for Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, a national not-for-profit helping women grow their micro-businesses to million dollar enterprises. In this capacity, she oversees corporate relations, foundation and government grants, individual giving/stewardship and the National Steering Committee. Prior to Count Me In, Sandra served as Senior Director of Development for Special Olympics New York – NYC Regional Office. Her accomplishments in this role includes securing first-time five and six figure grants, more than doubling the annual gala’s revenue from $250,000 to $775,000, recruiting board members, securing five and six figure major gifts and establishing a junior advisory committee. Sandra has also served as Donor Relations Officer/Interim Director of Development for The Twenty-First Century Foundation; Giving Society Manager for The National Audubon Society; and Director of Major Gifts and Senior Fundraising Manager for United Way of New York City. Sandra has twelve years of development and not-for-profit experience and a Master’s of Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is an active member of Women in Development and Association for Fundraising Professionals and has spoken at fundraising conferences/workshops.
Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Post-Conflict Settings
Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Post-Conflict Settings
Dr. Donna Espeut, maternal, newborn, and child health specialist, Concern Worldwide (U.S.).
Forward Thinking in Critical Times: TANF, Safety Nets, and A New Economy for All
For the last 15 years, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) has provided critical assistance to many families in need. Over this same period and in the wake of the most recent recession, poverty rates and unemployment rates have reached historic highs and families receiving public assistance continue to encounter multiple barriers to long-term economic security.
As the TANF approaches reauthorization in September 2011, there is an opportunity to think critically about how to link the program with national and state-level goals to alleviate poverty and re-build the middle-class through education, training and continued work supports.
Join leading experts as they discuss ways to increase the effectiveness of TANF for low-income families and single women mothers; the challenges of linking TANF to anti-poverty efforts at the state and federal levels; and innovative public policies to help move families toward economic security.
2011 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum
The Right Honourable Gordon Brown MP
Join us for a conversation about the state of the world since the global financial crisis, what governments are doing to overcome it, and what cities can do to help. The former Prime Minister will speak in conversation with Professor Mitchell Moss about Brown's recent book, Beyond the Crash, putting the topic in the context of current events.
6:00pm - Registration and doors open
IPSA 2011 Conference: Lunch
The 5th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture
The NYU Wagner/Skirball Dual-Degree Program in Nonprofit Management & Judaic Studies presents the 5th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: "Women Hold Up Half the Sky." The lecture this year will be given by Cindy Chazan, Vice President of Alumni and Community Development at the Wexner Foundation.
A reception will follow.
Please join the Wagner-Skirball community as we honor the memory of Hannah Engle.
Charter School Funding and Facilities
Presented by the NYU Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) and the NYU Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA)
There are several national debates about charter schools—particularly about their efficacy, the plethora of models, and their proliferation in urban areas like NYC. A rarely discussed but similarly significant topic about charter schools is the unique ways that they acquire funding and facilities.
Led by education experts, this intimate discussion about charter school funding and facilities will allow participants to dig deeper into some of the complexities of charter schools’ funding structures and procurement of facilities, as well as advocacy efforts to reform these systems.
The panelists include:
Mimi Sheller, Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University
Mimi Sheller, Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University
The Center combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders, and mobile communication into one over-arching framework. The term “mobilities” applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public and private space, and mobile communications.
15th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Effective Leadership of Healthcare Organizations: Past, Present and Future
This forum will compare the evolving role of healthcare leaders over the past 25 years with today’s demands and tomorrow’s expectations.
Speakers:Claudia Caine, MPA '84
Executive Vice President & COO,
Lutheran HealthCare Anthony Kovner, Ph.D.
Professor of Public and Health Management,
NYU Wagner Jacob Victory, MPA '98
Vice President, Performance Management Projects,
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
WMLO Fundraising Workshop
Fundraising expert Professor Joan Bronck will facilitate an interactive workshop providing students with an opportunity to learn development best practice. Topics such as relationship management, identifying funding sources, and researching prospective donors will be covered. The workshop will also include a donor solicitation role-playing exercise.
Health Reform One Year Later
Panel event looking at the challenges of health reform implementation at national, state and provider level.
Film Screening: The Times of Harvey Milk
Come join Prof. Michael Duffy's class 'Social Justice in Public Policy: Advocacy Movements' and the Stonewall Policy Alliance, NYU Wagner's student group exploring LGBT issues, in a discussion situated around the screening of The Times of Harvey Milk. This Academy Award-winning documentary from 1984 tells the story of the country's first prominent, gay elected official long before Gus Van Sant's popular biopic reasserted Milk as a prominent rights advocate for a new generation.
The film will begin after a few opening remarks and runs 90 minutes in length. There will be a short discussion to follow.
Reflections from the Field
A student panel will share their recent experiences with post-disaster reconstruction from Chile, New Orleans and Haiti. Panelists will speak about their work followed by a moderated discussion.
ElectriCITY: The Future of the Sustainable Grid
This half-day forum, sponsored by Wagner Environmental Policy and Action, will examine the electricity system in New York City – where it comes from, how it’s delivered, and how it’s used. Industry leaders, policymakers, and academics will discuss challenges and solutions to integrating renewables into the grid as well as demand management and efficiency innovations.
Keynote Speaker: The current state of electricity in New York City and its implications
Sergej Mahnovski, Ph.D, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Panel 1: Supply-side solutions – the challenges and opportunities of integrating renewables into the grid
· Francisco de Leon, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, NYU POLY
· Joe Oates, Vice President of Energy Management, Con Edison
· Bonnie Gurry, Renewable Energy Resources and Technology Engineer, New York Power Authority
· Trey Taylor, Co-founder & President, Verdant Power
Panel 2: Demand-side innovations – solutions for peak load management and consumer efficiencies
Moderator: Sara Jayanthi, NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, Solar One
· Rebecca Craft, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs, Con Edison
· James T. Gallagher, Senior Manager for Strategic & Business Planning, New York Independent System Operator
· Vincent Gil, Account Executive, New York Power Authority
· Mei Shibata, Chief Business Officer, ThinkEco
Closing Remarks: New York University’s sustainable electricity efforts and the cogeneration plant
John Bradley, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability, Energy and Technical Services, NYU
The Institutions of Urban Anxiety: Work, Organizational Process and Security Practice in the New York Subway
Noah McClain, New York University
Presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management
McClain's dissertation asks how policies relevant to security - security from indiscriminate violence – are integrated as practices by organizational actors in the vulnerable environment of the New York Subway system. The site is just one of many in which vast public resources have been spent for security purposes, yet public knowledge, and even scholarship, on these matters is usually based on blueprints for security measures rather than on accounts of how such measures observably work ‘on the ground’. McClain's theoretical orientation suggests that organizational policy is ‘made’ as it is enacted in actual occurrences, and so he focuses on the work practices of ‘tunnel-level’ subway employees. The nature and context of everyday subway work ‘structures out’ important security tasks through a complex layering of official and unofficial work circumstance.
Tostan: Grassroots Education for Social Change
Gannon Gillespie, Director of External Affairs for Tostan International, will speak about Tostan's work in Africa and his recent trip to Senegal.
Tostan International is an international NGO whose mission is to "empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights." Through Tostan's efforts to educate villages about health and reproductive rights, thousands of villages in ten African countries have publicly renounced female genital cutting and child/forced marriage, a practice that is widespread in many African communities.