The Research Center for Leadership in Action explores and broadly shares new knowledge and ideas about public service leadership. Below are updates about our latest research and programs. We invite practitioners, researchers, scholars, students, and the public to participate in our full slate of convenings, inquiries, panels, dialogues, seminars, and other learning opportunities. Visit the calendar for a list of recent and upcoming events.

Earlier this month, the NYU Wagner Leadership Academy (WLA) held its first of four sessions in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue. This initial workshop, led by Jamie L. O’Regan, Surabhi Lal, and Corey Blay, explored the issues of diversity both globally and domestically, as well as discussed the role of the Wagner community and our responsibility to collectively shape it.

The WLA is a collaboration between NYU Wagner's Student Activities, Career Services, and the NYU Leadership Initiative. This four-part workshop series is rooted in


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We write to share some bittersweet news. After 11 successful years of building knowledge and capacity for diverse leadership across all sectors, RCLA will cease to operate in its current form as of August, 2014. We will engage in a yearlong process to consolidate the Center’s legacy and identify alternative platforms by which our important work can continue in new outlets and varied forms.


Sponsored by the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner and the Center for Popular Democracy

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012
                   The Rudin Family Forum For Civic

Congratulations to four NYU Wagner students for winning the third annual National Invitational Public Policy Challenge hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and Governing Magazine.

The winners – Grace Boone, Ruchi Hazaray, Jose Renato Navarrete Perez, and Ran Qin – outshined teams from 11 other U.S. public policy schools with a professional-grade plan called “Latch” to create safe and sanitary community places in New York City where moms can nurse their newborns.

This was the second time an exemplary team of MPA students from the Robert F

Wagner's Co-Founder Sonia Ospina writes regularly for The New York Times in Leadership column. The column is designed to give teachers, scholars, practitioners and students opportunities to connect leadership concepts to real-world examples. Through news articles, discussion questions, reading lists, video conferences, among other resources, you will expand your understanding of how leadership works in the 21st century. 

Please read Sonia's latest contribution

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