RCLA E-News June 2011
At a time when one in 100 adult Americans are in prison, a new NYU Wagner course gives students the practical skills to advocate for criminal justice reform. Advocacy Lab is an intensive training in advocacy and organizing in which students work on a campaign to make material changes in the lives of people ensnared in the criminal justice system. The course also offers a new model for the role of public service graduate programs can play in social change initiatives.
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Amidst enormous fiscal pressure on city officials to search for operational efficiencies, the next Leading Large Scale Change briefing for government executives sponsored by Accenture and RCLA will focus on the ways city agencies are finding to operate more efficiently, including consolidating technologies, integrating human resources and modernizing data infrastructure.
On June 16, Peter Madonia, Chief Operating Officer at the Rockefeller Foundation, will moderate a panel to include: Robert Doar, Commissioner of the NYC Human Resources Administration; Edna Wells Handy, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services; Carole Post, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications; and Isidore Sobkowski, CIO and Executive Director of NYC Health and Human Services.
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With cross-sector collaborations on the rise, a new NYU Wagner course taught by RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina prepares students to structure and manage these complex enterprises, taking into account competing interests, cultures and assumptions in contexts across the globe.
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Over seven months, a diverse group of participants in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service has evaluated and refined their leadership skills, deepened their understanding of the public service landscape, developed a career plan, and built a network of mentorship and support.
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Over the last year, RCLA has been managing a participatory evaluation for the Institute of International Education (IIE) West Coast Center's Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health Program, an initiative supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. At a final workshop held in Dubai from May 11-13, IIE staff, evaluators from five countries and RCLA evaluators examined results documented in country-level reports and a program-level analysis of impact and lessons learned. The final reports will be publicly available at the end of Summer 2011.
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Allah, Liberty and Love: Muslims in America Speak Out: Join Irshad Manji, Director of NYU Wagner’s Moral Courage Project, and Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the US Congress, as they discuss the provocative questions raised by Irshad’s new book, Allah, Liberty and Love. Irshad paves a path to reconciling faith and freedom - and she does so by showing all of us how to develop “moral courage,” the willingness to speak up when everyone else wants to shut you up. Followed by book signing. Asia Society, June 16, 2011. [This event was cancelled due to illness.]
RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina is co-organizing two sessions on creating a formal accreditation process for public administration programs in Latin America for the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE) annual conference. This year’s theme is “Capacity Development of Local Governments in America: The Links between Research, Practice and Teaching.” Mexico City, June 15-17.
RCLA will host a two-day, intensive training on Cooperative Inquiry, an action research methodology that enables practitioners to work with peers to address questions and challenges that matter most to them. Participants will learn about the principles behind the research method and gain the practical skills to facilitate Cooperative Inquiries with various types of groups. The training will be held at NYU Wagner on December 2-3, 2011.
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Applications Now Being Accepted for Coro’s Leadership New York
Leadership New York, a part-time nine month program, challenges experienced professionals from diverse sectors, backgrounds and perspectives to explore leadership strategies and current public policy issues. Rather than texts and articles, participants are given roles and projects that provide structured opportunities for expanding capacity to initiate change and raising awareness of civic issues. Participants join a leadership community of nearly 2,000 alumni who are shaping the future of the city. Applications are due by July 15, 2011.
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Remapping the Purposes of Leadership at ILA’s Global Leadership Conference
Join the International Leadership Association in London for the 13th Annual Global Leadership Conference, "One Planet, Many Worlds: Remapping the Purposes of Leadership." Participants will choose from over 150 panel discussions, paper presentations, workshops, and case studies to attend; be challenged by inspiring keynote speakers; join unique pre-conference workshops and special events; and network with 700 leadership scholars, educators and practitioners from up to 50 countries. Combined, these opportunities for building bridges between leadership theory and practice deliver a learning and networking experience like none other. October 26-29, 2011
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