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April 2013
In This Issue

  • IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector 
  • RCLA Launches Initiative on Religion, Civic Leadership & Democracy 
  • New Leadership Program for Women in Ghanaian Civil Society 
  • Through Advocacy Lab, Students Work to Change Housing Policy for Recently Incarcerated 
  • Moral Courage TV to Launch at Event with Cornel West & Irshad Manji 
  • The Creation of Leadership in City Government 
  • News and Events

Drawing on Diverse Voices for a Strong Civil Society

IGNITE FELLOWSHIP FOR WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE SOCIAL SECTOR 
 

The IGNITE Fellowship is a nine-month program that celebrates and cultivates the leadership skills of 35 mid-career women of color in nonprofits across the US. The fellowship kicks off in New York City with a leadership institute from August 1-6, 2013, and offers ongoing peer mentoring, coaching and webinars through April 2014. 
» Learn more and apply now

RCLA LAUNCHES INITIATIVE ON RELIGION, CIVIC LEADERSHIP AND DEMOCRACY IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE  

RCLA is thrilled to announce the launch of the initiative, “Religion, Civic Leadership and Democracy in the Public Square: Exploring and Advancing the Role of Faith in Civility.” Directed by RCLA affiliated faculty member David Elcott and with support from the Ford Foundation, the two-year program will examine how civics and democracy are addressed within religious communities. It aims to equip a new generation of religious leaders to constructively promote greater civil discourse and pluralist democratic values.
» Learn more

NEW LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR WOMEN IN GHANAIAN CIVIL SOCIETY

The Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program will provide a committed group of Ghanaian women in mid-level positions in civil society organizations with the skills and support needed to lead transformational change in their communities and society. Developed by RCLA and Fundación Mujeres por África as part of the larger Ghana Wins! Project, it offers a one-year cohort-based leadership development program of trainings and the design and implementation of action projects aided by expert coaching and support from peers and employers.

» Watch a YouTube video of the Ghana Wins! launch

» Learn more about the program

THROUGH ADVOCACY LAB, STUDENTS WORK TO CHANGE HOUSING POLICY FOR RECENTLY INCARCERATED    

Advocacy Lab, a unique NYU Wagner course, offers students a chance to work on a campaign to make housing more accessible to people reentering communities after incarceration. In the process, the students are learning how to affect public policy through advocacy, lobbying, issue branding, coalition building and community organizing.
» Learn more

MORAL COURAGE TV TO LAUNCH AT EVENT WITH CORNEL WEST & IRSHAD MANJI

An April 16 event to celebrate the launch of Moral Courage TV will feature Professor and Philosopher Dr. Cornel West, and RCLA Scholar and Director of the Moral Courage Project Irshad Manji. The event is free, but space is limited and an RSVP is required.
» RSVP now

THE CREATION OF LEADERSHIP IN CITY GOVERNMENT  

Henk de Jong, a visiting fellow and the former secretary general of Amsterdam, is embarking on a comparative study with mid-career government professionals in New York City and Amsterdam on what types of leadership training have had the most significant impact on their work. 
» Learn more

NEWS AND EVENTS  

  • An April 9 briefing for New York City officials sponsored by Accenture and RCLA will focus on NYC’s groundbreaking 311 citizen service center, its evolution and the role it should play amid rapidly evolving technologies. Panelists at the by-invitation-only event will include: New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway, Chief Digital Officer Rachel (Sterne) Haot and Chief Analytics Officer Michael Flowers. » Email for info 
     
  • In a new Huffington Post article, RCLA Senior Fellow Shifra Bronznick and her daughter Emma Goldberg offer a cross-generational look at the opportunity to pair the message of “Lean In” with structural change to support women who aspire to lead. 
     
  • RCLA faculty member Erica Gabrielle Foldy’s article, "Something of Collaborative Manufacture: The Construction of Race and Gender Identities in Organizations,” was featured for International Women’s Day on Management INK, a Sage Publications blog on organizational management.
     
  • RCLA Visiting Fellow Laura Callanan was recently named a Scholar in Residence at the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a Senior Fellow at the Foundation Center.
     
  • RCLA Senior Fellow Shifra Bronznick is on the design team for Creating Space, a conference hosted by the Leadership Learning Community that brings together hundreds of leadership development experts to share ideas and build connections. This year’s theme is "Breaking New Ground: Leadership Development for Social Innovation and Impact"; Baltimore, MD; May 8-10.
     
  • Rusty Stahl, RCLA visiting fellow in residence, is representing RCLA at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations 2013 national conferences, discussing philanthropy and nonprofit talent. 
     
  • RCLA faculty member David Elcott will be keynoting an interfaith conference in Palestinian Jerusalem hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany and of Jordan and the Holy Land to consider contemporary implications of Liberation Theology.
     
  • Dr. Elcott is also launching his second national survey to build on “Baby Boomers, Public Service and Minority Communities: A Study of the Jewish Community in the United States.”
     
  • RCLA Visiting Scholar Barbara Kellerman will present at Christopher Newport University, Drake University, and the American Psychological Association Meeting in April.
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