Overview

The following panels, workshops, and presentations that address issues of leadership were hosted by RCLA at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Links to programs and other detailed information about presenters are provided where available.

 

The White House Fellows Program Information Session

December 8, 2010, 5:30 - 7:30pm

The White House Fellows Program is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service, offering exceptional men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in a once-in-a-lifetime education program consisting of off-the-record, roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and take trips to study leaders and policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Learn more about the White House Fellows program at an event featuring former White House Fellows, including Diane C. Yu, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President of NYU and Past President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association. Applications for the program are due by January 15, 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Office of the President of New York University.

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Connecting Across Differences:

 

Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

December 9, 2010

Decades of research on multicultural competence in social work and other fields has found that self-knowledge and self-reflection are the foundations of skillful and respectful interactions across racial and ethnic groups.

This workshop will provide tools that foster self-knowledge by enabling participants to surface and reflect on their often unconscious understandings of race, how it affects them and its role in their work. As a result, participants will leave the session better equipped to engage the sometimes thorny issues of race and ethnicity. This session is suited for anyone from front-line staff to program managers to executive directors and board members who want to enhance their cross-cultural social change work by understanding themselves better. Special Guests: Erica Gabrielle Foldy, RCLA affiliated faculty member, will work with other presenters with many years of experience helping others address race and ethnicity in interpersonal and organizational contexts.

 

Social Change Summer Series Event 1: Book Club! Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

July 22, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00pm, NYU Wagner at the Puck Building, 2nd Floor
295 Lafayette Street, Mulberry Conference Room

Oppressive dynamics play out in all areas of human life -- from social institutions, to interpersonal relationships, to how we view ourselves. They are often invisible, subtle and unconscious. Join us as we learn to unearth these dynamics and grow in a deeper understanding of how to uproot oppression and experience a liberated way of being in the world in true solidarity with all people. Since Paulo Freire's thought and methods are ultimately about action and building the world in which we want to live, we will discuss the text in practical terms of how to integrate a liberated perspective in our own work and lives. After our first meeting we can decide to meet again to continue the discussion and to plan any future readings.

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Social Change Summer Series Event 2: Book Club! We Make the Road by Walking by Myles Horton and Paulo Freire, edited by Brenda Bell, John Gaventa and John Peters

 

Co-hosted by NYU Wagner's International Program Student Association (IPSA)
August 3, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00pm, NYU Wagner, The Puck Building, 2nd Floor
295 Lafayette Street, Mulberry Conference Room

 

In fostering international development, communities addressing injustices in the US must align and unite with communities around the world facing oppression and persecution. This book captures the dialogue of two pioneers of popular education connecting across geography and “development” to explore their similar pedagogies for radical change as a response to inequality and oppression. Important themes include the role of leadership, participatory education as a tool for people to propel themselves out of poverty, freedom for all individuals and pedagogical methods that help to create social change. Myles Horton focused his work in Appalachia, one of the poorest regions in the US. Paulo Freire established the Popular Culture Movement in Recife, one of Brazil’s poorest regions. Join us as we discuss this classic dialogue and situate it in current global events.

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Social Change Summer Series Event 3: Three-part Workshop! How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media Tools to Enhance Their Social Justice Impact

Hosted by Social Change Leadership Network

July 27, 2010, 8:30 am - 11:30am
July 28, 2010, 8:30 am - 12:30pm
July 29, 2010, 8:30 am - 11:30am
NYU Tisch Hall 40 W. 4th Street, Room LC19
Breakfast will be served.

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Today’s rapidly evolving social media hold enormous promise for social change and nonprofit organizations to share resources; respond instantly to breaking news and policy developments; and connect and motivate constituents, stakeholders and potential donors. This series of learning sessions will provide insight into new trends, hands-on experience using the latest tools and guidance on how to apply the latest social networking applications to advance your organization’s broader strategies.

Learn more about the Social Media Workshops

October 7, 2009
 

 

Community Organizing Basics
Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

 

In this political moment, it is critically important to define and deepen our collective understanding of what community organizing is and how it helps achieve social justice goals. This learning session will provide the opportunity for participants to consider how different types of organizations and practitioners can best participate in organizing for justice, starting with the basics.

This session is best suited for people who work to organize constituents and stakeholders and is ideal for people who are planning a new campaign.

Special Guests: Joan Minieri (co-founder of Community Voices Heard, co-author of Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in Your Community, and RCLA consultant) and others to be announced.

For more information, please email us.

 

Using Social Networking Technologies
to Enhance Social Justice Impact
Social Change Leadership Network Learning Sessions

 

August 10, 12 and 14, 2009

How to use social networking technologies to advance social change will be explored through a series of three mini-sessions. At the first session, participants will learn about the various available social networking technologies and hear examples of the innovative ways organizations around the world use these technologies to advance and enhance their work. At the second and third sessions, participants will get hands-on experience with learning, testing, and customizing various technologies to determine what would work best in their social justice contexts.

These sessions are best suited for people who manage communications or conduct strategic outreach to constituents and stakeholders.

Special Guests: Ted Perlmutter (director of Knowledge Management at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University) and Tom Glaysier (social media consultant and PhD candidate for interdisciplinary communications at Columbia University).

Event information | Social media tools you can use

 
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Evaluating Leadership Development Programs:
How to Clarify Results and Tell the Story of Program Impact

 

June 25, 2009

This workshop will provide people who manage or fund leadership development programs in NYC with a framework to assess and document program results at the personal, organizational and community levels. The event is part of a Leadership Learning Circle series co-sponsored with the Leadership Learning Community.

The Learning Circle will be facilitated by Claire Reinelt, PhD, the research and evaluation director for the Leadership Learning Community. Dr. Reinelt is the co-editor of The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation and has worked with numerous organizations to develop evaluation models and engage in evaluation processes.

Get more event informationLearn more about the Leadership Learning Circle series.

 

Mayoral Control of the Schools through Performance Measurement and Management

 

June 10, 2009

This briefing will explore the experience of using performance management in the New York City public schools toward better outcomes and increased performance. The discussion will include a number of City Government experts who will join Chancellor Klein in the exploration of the rewards and challenges of performance measurement and management. The panel includes:
 

• Joel I. Klein, Chancellor, Department of Education
• Adrian Benepe, Commissioner, Department of Parks and Recreation
• Kamal Bherwani, CIO for Health and Human Services and Executive Director, HHS-Connect
• Martin F. Horn, Commissioner, Departments of Correction and Probation

Moderator: Peter Madonia, Chief Operating Officer, Rockefeller Foundation

For more information, please email us.

 

Training for Trainers

 

Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

May 12, 2009

Participants will explore how people learn concepts and skills differently, learn techniques for designing truly participatory trainings, and bring their own experiences to examine and practice the fundamentals of creating effective workshops and trainings.

This session is best suited for people who design and deliver trainings to others and is ideal for people who are in the early stages of developing a training program for constituents or staff members.

Special Guests: Joan Minieri (co-founder of Community Voices Heard, co-author of Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in Your Community, and RCLA consultant) and others to be announced.

Local Notions of Development and Indigenous Political Participation

 

April 16, 2009

This was a thoughtful conversation with Dr. Carmen Medeiros, assistant professor at NYU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as part of the event series on Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America.

12:00-1:30pm
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
A light lunch will be served.

The Multi-Generational Landscape of Leadership
Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

 

April 13, 2009

This session will provide the opportunity for grassroots leaders to:

-Explore questions and challenges as well as successful experiences related to multi-generational leadership;
-Explore a possible framework to understand the current landscape of multi-generational leadership in social service, advocacy, community organizing and related fields; and
-Identify possible next steps you can take to address your own personal and organizational needs regarding multi-generational leadership.

This training is suited for leaders from all generations - Traditionalists, Baby Boomers; Generation Xers; Millennials - and is especially ideal for people who are interested in exploring approaches to managing leadership transitions and a multi-generational workforce. Bring your own experiences, exchange ideas and hear from researchers and practitioners who have carefully examined the changing leadership landscape and its implications from a range of perspectives.

Special Guests: Frances Kunreuther and Robby Rodriguez (co-authors of Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership), and Esmeralda Simmons (founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice).

Session Co-Facilitators: Joan Minieri (SCLN session coordinator), Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla (RCLA deputy director and SCLN director), and AiLun Ku (RCLA programs manager). 

12:00-5:00pm
Rudin Family Forum, Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012
A light lunch will be served. 

Space is limited and registration is required.

 

The Economics of Identity:
How Poverty is Gendered and Raced

 

April 7, 2009

Our nation is experiencing an extreme economic downturn in the context of a changed political landscape in Washington. This panel presentation by leading scholars and activists addresses how gender and race must be taken into account in economic and social policies related to economic recovery and the persistent problem of poverty.

Introduction by Suzanne E. England, Ph.D., Dean, Silver School of Social Work, NYU

Speakers:
Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor, Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY
C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner
Community Voices Heard Representative 

Moderated by Erica Gabrielle Foldy, Ph.D., RCLA faculty member and Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management,

NYU Wagner
6:00-8:00pm
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor

RSVPs are required. Please RSVP by April 3.

 

Culture and Politics in Latin America:
Lessons from the Take-over of Public Media in the Oaxaca Uprising of 2006

 

April 6, 2009

Join us for a lively conversation with Lynn Stephen, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, as part of the event series on Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America.

This talk will first outline some of the ways in which cultural production and consumption in Latin America become integrated into local political cultures and permit previously silenced models of governance and democratic participation to move into the cultural and political mainstream. The focus will then shift to the specific example of how several hundred women in Oaxaca City, Mexico from different types of backgrounds took over state and then commercial media for a period of several months. In the process of reprogramming television and radio they articulated specific rights they called the rights "to speak," "to be heard," and "to decide who governs." This discourse of rights was literally amplified over television and radio and then became an important part a larger social movement aimed at reconfiguring state politics, models of governance, and what it means to be a citizen of Oaxaca.

12:00-1:30pm
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
A light lunch will be served.

RSVPs are required. Please RSVP by April 3.

Power and Authority in Groups and Organizations:
Going Global

 

April 3-5, 2009

This three-day experiential learning conference is designed to help participants understand the complexity of dynamics motivating our behavior in groups and organizations so that we may transform ourselves and our organizations by becoming responsible reflective citizens of the world.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2009.

For more information, please email us.

Healing the Trauma of Humanity's Failure:
A Way Forward for Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide

 

April 1, 2009

Fifteen years ago this April, the world witnessed one of the most devastating atrocities in history - a campaign of violence so ruthless that an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of three months. More than a decade later, survivors are haunted by memories and traumatized by the daily realities of living in a society where justice has not been served.

NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action is gathering an interdisciplinary council of experts for a unique workshop with Mary Blewitt, founder of the nonprofit Survivors Fund, which assists and advocates for Rwandan genocide survivors. The event will be a chance for experts in trauma, genocide and psychological care to serve as a sounding board on new ways to reduce the emotional and mental toll the genocide continues to take on survivors' lives, and for event attendees concerned with these issues to gain new insights.

Since the genocide in 1994, Mary Blewitt has dedicated her life to helping the survivors through the Survivors Fund, a UK-based nonprofit. In 2009, she has stepped down as founder and director of SURF to serve as a visiting fellow at the RCLA. It is an opportunity to reflect on and document her experience and to find new answers to survivors' needs.

Despite the work of the Survivors Fund to advocate for survivors and raise funds to meet practical needs, Rwandan survivors still face innumerable challenges, from poverty and lack of shelter to the effects of lost childhoods, disrupted educations and thousands of victims' skeletons still awaiting decent burial. In a society where genocide is not discussed and justice was compromised in favor of expeditious "reconciliation," survivors suffer from high levels of anxiety and fear, as well as extreme anger, the desire for revenge, and in some cases, self-destructive tendencies including suicide, particularly among young people.

9:00-11:00am
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

The 13th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum:
Changing the Culture of Large Organizations

March 31, 2009

This event was a lively discussion with Denise Rousseau, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and Bernard Birnbaum, MD, Senior Vice President and Vice Dean, Chief of Hospital Operations, NYU Langone Medical Center.

The event was moderated by Anthony R. Kovner, Professor of Public and Health Management, NYU Wagner.

5:30pm-7:30pm
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor

Governing from the Left:
Latin America's Left Parties in Boom Times and Busts

March 12, 2009

 

Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Robert Kaufman, professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, as part of the event series on Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America.

12:00-1:30pm
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
A light lunch will be served.

 

Weathering the Perfect Storm: Strengthening City Government/Nonprofit Relationships
Leading Large-Scale Change Event

March 3, 2009

This briefing will focus on the City's work with its nonprofit partners and vendors in this nearly perfect storm of financial downturn. In these times of increased demand, retrenchment by government at all levels and by donors, it is critical that the City and nonprofit organizations work together to meet the complex needs of New Yorkers. This environment will necessitate an increased reliance on effective collaboration and performance based contracting. The panel includes experts from a mix of human, cultural and central agencies, cutting across key areas of City contracting with non-profits.

With opening remarks by Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, the panel includes:

• Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Commissioner, Department for the Aging
• Robert Doar, Commissioner, Human Resources Administration
• Kate Levin, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs
• Marla Simpson, Director, Mayor's Office of Contract Services

Moderator: Florence Davis, Director and President, Starr Foundation

For more information about this series, please email us.

The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji and Special Guest CNN's Christiane Amanpour

 

February 18, 2009

Join Irshad Manji, RCLA visiting scholar and founder of the Moral Courage Project, the Muslim reformer whom The New York Times calls "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare" and to whom Oprah Winfrey bestowed the first "Chutzpah Award," as she talks with award-winning CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour about moral courage in journalism.

Manji is author of the international best seller The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslims Call for Reform in Her Faith, and creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear.

The Moral Courage Project, an affiliate of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner, teaches us that real diversity is about different ideas, not just identities.

8:00 pm
92nd St. Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets are $27.

The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji: Salman Rushdi

 

January 18, 2009

Join Irshad Manji, NYU Wagner Adjunct and founder of the Moral Courage Project, the Muslim reformer whom The New York Times calls "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare" and to whom Oprah Winfrey bestowed the first "Chutzpah Award," as she launches a series of public conversations about moral courage in journalism, politics, religion and beyond, engaging with leaders who will illuminate and influence the future of free expression in a fragile world.

Manji is author of the international best seller The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslims Call for Reform in Her Faith, and creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear.

The Moral Courage Project, an affiliate of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner, teaches us that real diversity is about different ideas, not just identities. The Moral Courage Conversations premiere with Manji's guest, the celebrated novelist Salman Rushdie, on the 20th anniversary of Iran's fatwa against him. Salman Rushdie is the author of 10 novels, one collection of short stories and four works of nonfiction, and a winner of the Booker Prize, the Booker of Bookers and the Best of the Booker. Rushdie's most recent novel is The Enchantress of Florence.

7:30 p.m.
92nd St. Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets are $27.

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December 11, 2008

 

Does Transparency Lead to Accountability?
Lessons from Mexican Civil Society Experiences

 

Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Jonathan Fox, a professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz.

12:00-1:30pm
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
A light lunch will be served.

This event is part of the Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America series co-sponsored by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action, the NYU Wagner Office of International Programs, the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the NYU Center for Global Affairs, the NYU Latino Studies Program, the Bickel and Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights and the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students.

RSVPs are required. Please RSVP by December 9, 2008.

For more information, please contact Andres Munoz.

Public-Private Partnerships: Drawing Lessons from Fiscal Crises and Looking Forward
Leading Large Scale Change Executive Briefing Series

 

December 10, 2008

Public-private partnerships were a critical element in the recovery of New York City during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s. While times have changed, many of the complex management challenges that existed then are similar to ones that we face today. The blending of the public, private and non-profit sectors has been touted as a necessary ingredient for government efficacy and innovation. Veterans of fiscal crises and expert navigators of public-private partnerships will discuss how we move forward during a period of immense fiscal uncertainty.

The panel includes:

Dall W. Forsythe, Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU, former Budget Director for the State of New York and the New York City Board of Education
Carol Kellerman, President, Citizens Budget Commission
Steven M. Polan, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, member of Governor Paterson's Commission on MTA Financing and former Commissioner, Department of Sanitation

Moderator: Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU

 

December 8, 2008  
 

White House Fellows Program Information Session

Join us for an interactive discussion featuring former White House Fellows, including Diane C. Yu, chief of staff and deputy to the president of NYU and immediate past president of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rice Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Puck Building
(Corner of Lafayette and Houston Street)

The White House Fellows Program, founded in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson at the suggestion of his Health, Education and Welfare Secretary John W. Gardner, is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service, offering exceptional men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in a once-in-a-lifetime education program consisting of off-the-record, roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and take trips to study leaders and policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly nonpartisan basis.

Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2008 for the 2008-2009 Class of White House Fellows. For more information about the program, to view an informational film, and to download an application, please visit the program Web site.

November 20, 2008

 

The Tension between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

The election of Michelle Bachelet as the first woman president of Chile in 2006 constituted a mix of change and continuity in that country's politics. Bachelet is from the Concertación center-left coalition that has ruled Chile since the end of the dictatorship in 1990. Because she promised continuity in economic policies, her electoral victory represented an implicit endorsement by Chileans of the market-friendly economic policies championed by the Concertación.

In addition to being the first woman president, Bachelet also represented change, as she strongly advocated a bottom-up approach to politics and democratic consolidation. Whereas Chile's successful transition to democracy was characterized by elite agreements and the first three Concertación governments decisively adopted a top-down approach to consolidating democracy, Bachelet's campaign focused on popular participation and she promised to implement a new model of citizen's democracy.

Dr. Patricio Navia, a professor at New York University, will explore the reasons why participatory democracy was central to Bachelet's campaign but no participatory democracy reforms have been adopted in Chile under Bachelet as her administration has continued to govern with traditional top-down instruments.

12:00-1:30pm
The Rudin Family Forum at the Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

This event is part of the Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America series co-sponsored by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action, the NYU Wagner Office of International Programs, the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the NYU Center for Global Affairs, the NYU Latino Studies Program, the Bickel and Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights and the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students.

For more information, please contact Andres Munoz.

November 18, 2008

 

Yes We Can: A New Agenda for Advancing Leaders of Color in Social Change

The election of Barack Obama as the first African-American President heralds a historic moment in US history. It is an opportunity to reflect at the national and local levels on where we have come in race relations and where we need to go. This is an especially pressing question in the nonprofit sector in light of a study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finding that as many as 24,000 nonprofit executives could retire by 2010, creating significant openings for the next generation of leaders to take the helm, as well as subsequent studies identifying important factors influencing that transition.

Leadership programs have a significant part to play in attracting and supporting talented leaders of color as they develop the skills, knowledge and networks to take senior positions in nonprofit and social change organizations. New research holds significant promise for practical strategies to both affirm and draw on the expertise and experience of leaders of color as they navigate often unwelcoming power structures. Research also shows the active roles white leaders can play personally and as part of broader efforts to establish more equitable and effective systems. At the same time, the leadership literature's treatment of issues of race does not offer innovative ideas to address the demands described. There is a need for both scholars and practitioners to reconceptualize the connections between race and leadership.

Panel:
Laurie M. Hunt, Management Consultant, Center for Gender in Organizations
C. Nicole Mason, PhD, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner
Sonia Ospina, PhD, Faculty Director, Research Center for Leadership in Action and Associate
Professor of Public Management and Policy, NYU Wagner
Elissa Perry, Learning Partner, Leadership Learning Community

Moderator:
Erica G. Foldy, PhD, RCLA Faculty member and Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management, NYU Wagner

8:30am - 12:00pm
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

For more information, please click here.

October 24, 2008

 

The Conceptions of Social Policy: Universalism vs. Targeting in Latin America

Jose Antonio Ocampo will look at the debate on universalism vs. targeting in social policies in Latin America - for example, whether to provide universal access to health care or to target only the most vulnerable populations for such services. Dr. Ocampo will examine how social rights and the welfare state are conceptualized in industrial countries, and he will analyze how these ideas informed social policies in Latin America (on things like health care, education and Social Security) during the era of state-led industrialization.

Professor Ocampo will use this framework to analyze the emphasis on targeting that spread during market-oriented reforms in the 1990s. He will explain the recent return of visions of universalism in social policy and provide evidence of its strong redistributive effects, but also its higher fiscal costs.

12:00 - 1:30pm
Puck Building, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

This event is part of the Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America series co-sponsored by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action, the NYU Wagner Office of International Programs, the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the NYU Center for Global Affairs, the NYU Latino Studies Program, the Bickel and Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights and the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students.

For more information, please contact Andres Munoz.

October 15, 2008

 

 

Finding Creative Solutions to State Problems in Times of Scarce Resources

 

Leading Large Scale Change Executive Briefing Series

Finding the resources necessary to support large scale change in government is challenging enough in times of expanding budgets, but managing transformations in periods of budget retrenchment is even more complex. The question is how to do more with less money. Veterans of periods of cutback management in the past will discuss their experiences and give advice on how to maintain momentum.

With an introduction by Secretary to the Governor Charles O'Byrne, and closing remarks by Dennis Whalen, Director of Operations, the panel includes:

Robert Callendar, Vice President for Programs, Energy Research and Development Authority
John Egan, Commissioner, Office of General Services
Richard Daines, M.D., Commissioner, Department of Health
Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, Chief Information Officer and Director, Office for Technology

Moderator: Professor Dall Forsythe, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

October 9, 2008

 

Essential Tools for Essential Organizing: Training for Trainers

Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

This workshop, facilitated by Joan Minieri in collaboration with other RCLA facilitators, connects social change leaders to practical, diverse and effective methods of popular education and training. By using these methods to provoke critical thought, participation and partnership, leaders will become stronger facilitators/trainers equipped with a sample framework for designing training sessions that they can effectively share with their staff and constituents. The RCLA Social Change Leadership Network invites you to learn with us through hands-on experience.

8:30am - 5:00pm
The Rudin Family Forum at the Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012
A light breakfast & lunch will be provided.

Participation in this event is sponsored by a grant from the Ford Foundation through the Leadership for a Changing World Research & Documentation Component of RCLA at NYU Wagner.

For more information, please contact AiLun Ku.

September 24, 2008

 

Compassionate Leadership: Cultivating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, provocative religious leader and respected spiritual iconoclast Rabbi Irwin Kula, and the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, one of Tibet's highest and most respected incarnate lamas, will participate in a groundbreaking, open discussion on the power and practice of compassionate leadership.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
New York City

This event is being hosted by John Sexton, President, New York University; Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action.

 

A Web cast of this event is available online here.

September 17, 2008

 

Managing City/State Mega-Projects
Leading Large Scale Change Executive Briefing Series

 

Perhaps not since the time of the "master builder" Robert Moses has the City aspired to and undertaken so many grand plans to shape the built environment of New York City. While the scale of change may be similar to that past era the challenges facing those who lead and manage the complex (Mega) projects, for examples, World Trade Center, Hudson Yards, Howland Hook/New York Container Terminal, are different and greater in many ways. To review the City's experience in meeting these challenges, we convened several of the key City, State and Multi-State actors in this urban drama to share the lessons they have learned.
 

Panel:
Timothy J. Gilchrist, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Infrastructure, New York State Office of the Governor
Robert Lieber, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Office of the Mayor
Christopher O. Ward, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
 

Moderator:
Robert D. Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association

 

September 11, 2008

 

Third World Social Forum on Migration:
Our Voices, Our Rights. For a World without Borders
Social Change Leadership Network Videoconference in Spanish

 

RCLA's Social Change Leadership Network invites leaders and organizations interested on migration to participate in a dialogue in Spanish with organizations and institutions from Latin America participating in the Third World Social Forum on Migration that will take place in Madrid, Spain from September 11 - 13, 2008.

The Third World Social Forum on Migration provides a space for democratic debates, reflection, formulation of proposals and interchange of ideas. It brings together social movements, networks, NGOs, and other organizations in civil society to build a global solidarity movement for the rights of migrants and refugees to be recognized and their living conditions to be improved.

 

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
7 East 12th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

June 3, 2008

 

Surviving and Thriving: Approaches to Sustainability for Social Change Organizations

Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

The overall goals of the session were:
*To explore various dimensions and perspectives of sustainability in order to advance our collective knowledge, and discuss ways to apply the learning to our own organizations
*To generate ideas and practices for improving sustainability and to enhance the participants' capacities to advance their organization's sustainability on multiple fronts

This Learning Sessionwas was structured as a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for social change leaders and funders interested in advancing their understanding of various sustainability issues. Using diverse methodologies, we invited participants to share their experience addressing the financial, programmatic, organizational and personal aspects of sustainability. We also highlighted the effective practices of various RCLA partners and shared new insights about sustainability based on our engagements with them.

8:30am - 5:00pm
The Puck Building
Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

 

Please click here to read more on the various dimensions of sustainability discussed.

 

May 29 - 30, 2008

 

Race and Leadership: Scholarly Conversations at the Intersection

The goals of this event were to share RCLA's thinking about the intersection of race and leadership, based on our findings of LCW's Researchand Documentation Component. Weheld in-depth conversations with scholars from the United States and abroad to learn and react to multiple approaches at the intersection of race and leadership and to help advance our research agendas.

For more information, contact AiLun Ku.

 

April 25, 2008

 

Election '08: Something's Missing

RCLA Social Change Leadership Conversation

We have been inundated with coverage of the 2008 presidential election - but are the candidates truly addressing issues that matter most to our communities and organizations?

You tell us!

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking dialogue, networking, food and wine.

Moderated by LCW Awardees
Ai-Jen Poo and Abby Scher

6:00 - 8:00 PM
NYU Wagner
Jersey Conference Room
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

For more information, contact AiLun Ku.

 

April 3, 2008

 

Role Play: An Innovative New GrantCraft Tool for Supporting Philanthropic Practitioners in Taking up Their Leadership

GrantCraft is a web-based resource for grant makers interested in reflecting on and improving their practice in philanthropy. To aid understanding of role construction at work, they've created a deck of 26 cards based on stories they've heard from grantmakers during guide development interviews and workshops. In collaboration with RCLA, GrantCraft hosted this experiential session with practitioners in philanthropy and consultants to help test and refine the Role Play tool.The aim was to getfeedback about the deck itself and some activities that will be offered at GrantCraft's Web site for anyone who wants to jump start a conversation about role inside their organization.

All participants will receive the entire library of GrantCraft guides and videos in exchange for contributing to this project.

8:30 - 11:30 AM
Rudin Forum for Civic Dialogue
NYU Wagner
The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street

 

For more information, contact Michaella Holden.

 

March 26, 2008

 

Moral Courage in the Age of Political Correctness

A Conversation with award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and human rights activist Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji, founding director of the Moral Courage Project at RCLA and best-selling author of The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith, discussed her mission to develop leaders who will challenge political correctness,
self-censorship and intellectual conformity.

In the best spirit of liberal education, the Moral Courage Project teaches that rights come with responsibilities, that we are citizens rather than members of mere tribes and that meaningful diversity embraces different ideas, not just identities.

Irshad has launched Project Ijtihad, an initiative to develop the world's first leadership network for reform-minded Muslims. The World Economic Forum recently named her a "Young Global Leader," and Oprah Winfrey honored Manji with the first annual Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction."

12:00 - 1:30pm, Mulberry Conference Room

For more information, contact Erasma Beras-Monticciolo.

 

February 26, 2008

 

Building What It Takes To Manage Large Scale Change:
Leadership Development in City Government

Leading Large Scale Change Executive Briefing Series

Panelists:
Michael J. Farrell,Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives, New York Police Department
Martha K. Hirst, Commissioner, Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Joel I. Klein, Chancellor, Department of Education
Edward Skyler, Deputy Mayor for Operations, Office of the Mayor
Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner, Department of Small Business Services

Moderator:
Dr. Robert J. Thomas, Executive Director, Accenture's Institute for High Performance Business

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February 4, 2008

 

On Nonprofit Leadership

The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW)
Presenter: Ellen Schall, Dean, NYU Wagner

February 1, 2008

 

Using a Legal Framework to Empower the Poor

Presenter: Dr. Naresh Singh, Executive Director of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
Joint event with: Office of International Programs, NYU Wagner

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January 31, 2008

 

Race, Gender and the Presidential Election

Co-Hosted By: RCLA and the Women of Color Policy Network
Co-Sponsored By:
Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students, NYU Wagner
Asian Pacific American Student Alliance, NYU Wagner
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Manhattan Chapter
Wagner Policy Alliance, NYU Wagner

Presenters:
Esmeralda Simmons, Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice
Kathy Rodgers, President, Legal Momentum
Donna Hernandez, Conference and Research Associate, Applied Research Center
Angelo Falcon, President, National Institute for Latino Policy
Nicole Mason, Director of Research and Policy Initiatives, National Council for Research on Women

Program Brochure
Podcast

 

December 5, 2007

 

 

The Challenge of City/State Collaboration: Implementing Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Leading Large Scale Change Executive Briefing Series

 
With opening remarks by Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott and Deputy Secretary for Education Manuel Rivera and closing remarks by Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs

Panelists:
Alan Gartner, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development
Melanie Hartzog, Deputy Commissioner, Child Care and HeadStart, Administration for Children's Services
Jennifer Jones-Austin, Family Services Coordinator, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
Kristin Proud, Deputy Director for State Operations, New York State Executive Chamber
Anne Wolf, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Early Childhood Education, Department of Education

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November 9, 2007

 

Asset-Based Community Development: Learnings from the Field

Presenter: Gordon Cunningham, Senior Program Staff with COADY International Institute

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