Leadership Experts Share Top Picks for Summer Reading
Want to catch up on the best leadership reading this summer but don't know where to start? On RCLA's Summer Reading List, experts share some of their favorite resources and what makes them invaluable.
» See the must-read leadership books and articles for Summer 2009
New Women of Color Policy Network Report: Blacks & Latinos Struggle with Higher than Average Unemployment in Current Recession & Reinvestment Act Won't Close Gap
The Network, an RCLA affiliate, has released its first report in a series on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and its impacts on women of color, their families and communities. The report evaluates the job creation elements of the Act and finds that while it would decrease the national unemployment rate to 6.5 percent, it would only decrease the unemployment rate of African Americans and Latinos to 10.7 percent.
The report was the subject of an article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, an Op-Ed in The Progressive, and the findings were quoted in an article on RaceWire by the Applied Research Center. The report is also featured on the Ms. Foundation for Women's Igniting Change blog. Subsequent reports will focus on housing and social support, tax incentives, and education.
» Access the report
» Read the press release
Nonprofit Leaders Discuss Training for Trainers
In three new online videos, advocates discuss why they
attended the RCLA Social Change Leadership Network's Training for Trainers and how it will inform their work in organizations and communities on social issues.
» Watch the videos
RCLA Deputy Director Organizes Presentation on Leadership Practices for Global Conference
RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla has organized a presentation by acclaimed immigrants' rights advocates Ramon Ramirez and Pablo Alvarado at the Latin American Studies Association 2009 conference. They will be joined by ethnographer Nik Theodore for an engaging look at leadership and organizing models within Latino immigrant communities, challenges facing immigrant advocacy groups, and the leadership practices they employ to help immigrant workers and families take up leadership.
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RCLA Scholars Focus on Race & Leadership in Journal Articles
In a new Leadership article, "Weaving Color Lines: Race, Ethnicity, and the Work of Leadership in Social Change Organizations," RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina and Visiting Scholar Celina Su explore how social change organizations understand and approach issues of race to advance their work.
RCLA faculty member Erica Gabrielle Foldy has written an article with Peter Rivard and Tamara R. Buckley on
"Power, Safety and Learning in Racially Diverse Groups" in the Academy of Management Learning and Education. The authors propose that power inequities drive dynamics in racially diverse teams that can impede team learning and suggest several mechanisms to address these dynamics.
In a new Op-Ed, RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe evaluates strategic considerations for nonprofits in the government's scale-up of volunteer and service corps programs in "What Obama's Call to National Service Needs," published in The Christian Science Monitor,
featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy and cited by the Editorial Board of The Oregonian.#
Intern with RCLA this summer! RCLA currently has an opening for a part-time communications intern.
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New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and government experts including the Commissioners for Parks and Recreation and Correction and Probation will explore the rewards and challenges of using performance management systems at "Mayoral Control of the Schools through Performance Measurement and Management." The discussion, part of the Leading Large Scale Change briefing series, will be moderated by Peter Madonia, chief operating officer of the Rockefeller Foundation, and will focus on performance management in NYC public schools, June 10, 2009.
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"Evaluating Leadership Development Programs: How to Clarify Results and Tell the Story of Program Impact," a workshop designed for people who manage or fund leadership development programs in NYC, will provide a framework to assess and document program results at the personal, organizational and community levels. The event, on June 25, 2009, is part of a Leadership Learning Circle series co-sponsored with the Leadership Learning Community.
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Resource for Nonprofit Leaders:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Retooling Professionals Evaluation Fellowship program seeks to diversify the evaluation field by providing individuals with the necessary skills and training to be become evaluators and better consumers of evaluation. The fellowship invites nonprofit professionals from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities and their employers to apply for a one-year fellowship. Application deadline: June 29, 2009.
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