RCLA has partnered with the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington to provide curricular resources for courses on leadership, nonprofit and public management, strategic planning, community organizing, and social movements. The Electronic Hallway Leadership Stories examine critical issues facing many nonprofits, including Building Capacity, Organizational Responsiveness, and Initiating Strategic Responses to Social Needs.
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The recent deaths of acclaimed civil rights leaders Dorothy Height and Benjamin L. Hooks call for a moment of reflection on how we can work individually and collectively toward a more just future. The National Urban Fellows Call to Action Summit on Diversity was just such a moment, and RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe offers her thoughts from the event on a new model of leadership that will advance our nation toward greater opportunity and prosperity.
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“Appreciating and Advancing Leadership for Public Wellbeing,” the final report from a high-level workshop hosted by RCLA and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute features practical accounts from scholars and practitioners of multi-sector partnerships and change efforts in the Middle East.
The report pays particular attention to engaging youth in public deliberation and promoting a more nuanced understanding of women’s leadership in the region. Finally, it offers actionable ideas for the study and teaching of leadership as well as leadership development and training programs.
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RCLA faculty members have just been awarded NYU curriculum challenge grants to develop two exciting new courses. The first, “Public-Private Collaboration for Social Problem Solving: A Comparative Perspective,” with RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina and NYU Stern School of Business professor Jill R. Kickul, will advance interdisciplinary work between the schools.
RCLA faculty members Erica Gabrielle Foldy and David Elcott will develop “Issue Advocacy Lab,” a course providing students with the opportunity to engage in real-time organizing and advocacy. Along with reading about how to engage in social change efforts, students will actually contribute to a particular issue campaign through activities such as background research, developing strategy, conducting outreach, and organizing community meetings or educational events.
On May 6, RCLA and Accenture will host “Transforming the City’s Delivery of Affordable Housing,” as part of the by-invitation-only Leading Large Scale Change executive briefing series for New York City government officials.
Panelists will include: Rafael E. Cestero, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services; Marc Jahr, President of the NYC Housing Development Corporation; John B. Rhea, Chairman of the NYC Housing Authority; and Adam Weinstein, President and CEO of the Phipps Houses Group and Chairman of the Phipps Community Development Corporation.
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As president of the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE), RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina will open the network’s international conference on “Democratic Governance and Public Administration” in Costa Rica. In addition to passing the presidency of the network to the next leader at the event, Sonia will present findings on inter-sectoral collaboration in Latin America as part of a panel discussion on multi-level governance; May 18-22, 2010
RCLA faculty member Erica Foldy’s working paper, "Something of Collaborative Manufacture: The Construction of Race and Gender Identity in Organizations," will be discussed at a Learning Circle for Faculty Affiliates of the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons College in Boston, MA; May 18, 2010
At the Social Change Leadership Network’s “Community Organizing Basics,” social change leaders can learn how to participate in organizing for justice. This session is best suited for social change leaders who work to organize constituents and stakeholders and are planning a new campaign. May 28, 2010
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Fellowship Programs Accepting Applications
NYU Wagner's Women of Color Policy Network Lead the Way Fellowship offers a unique capacity-building and leadership initiative that provides support and training for women of color mid-level managers and emerging Executive Directors working in nonprofit organizations.
» Apply by May 24, 2010
Coro New York's Immigrant Civic Leadership Program is designed for dedicated leaders from diverse sectors who share a commitment to immigrant community empowerment. The program runs from July – November 2010 and accepts 24 participants each year.
» Apply by May 7, 2010
Coro Leadership New York brings together talented mid-career professionals in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors for a behind-the-scenes exploration of leadership and New York City. Participants examine different perspectives on the city's most complex urban issues, develop their leadership skills, and join a valuable network of over 800 alumni.
» Apply by July 2, 2010