RCLA E-News May 2011

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Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion in Public Service: Insights from Scholarship
One in three Americans are people of color, yet minorities occupy just one in six leadership positions in state and federal government, nonprofits and foundations. In a report released with the National Urban Fellows, RCLA scholars illuminate research findings on organizational-level approaches to diversity that hold promise; the mixed outcomes of how organizations “do” diversity management; and different ways individuals and teams experience diversity. Yet limited empirical research has resulted in a dearth of evidence for what works in practice.
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RCLA Releases Guide to Leadership Programs that Support People of Color & Advance Diversity
A new report, "Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Public Service: A Review of Leadership Development Programs in the US," offers a guide to leadership development programs at the regional and national levels that are dedicated to supporting leaders of color, that are committed to diversity and open to all public service leaders, and that focus on diversity management. RCLA released the report in partnership with the National Urban Fellows as part of NUF's just-announced Public Service Leadership Diversity Initiative.
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NYC Schools Chancellor Meets with Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service
Three weeks into his role as head of the nation’s largest public school system, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott spoke with RCLA’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service about his career path and lessons learned along the way.
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A Loss in the Nonprofit Battle Against "Modest, Passionate and Utterly Disorganized"
On the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina argues that the unfolding case against Greg Mortenson, best-selling author of Three Cups of Tea, reinforces the perception of nonprofits as “modest, passionate and utterly disorganized” and outlines the benefits of accountability measures for nonprofits and the sector.
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Rethinking the Panel Presentation: How to Host a Candid Dialogue among Experts in a "Fishbowl"
RCLA’s Practice Note, “Spurring Dynamic Dialogue through Fishbowl: Learning from and in Practice,” shows how to facilitate a collegial discussion that begins with experts talking in an "inner circle" that all participants are then encouraged to join.
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News and Events

Advocacy Lab, a unique clinical course at NYU Wagner taught by RCLA faculty and fellows, gives students direct experience in affecting public policy through advocacy campaigns, legislative lobbying, issue branding, coalition building and community organizing. Course registration is now open.
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Sonia Ospina will present a paper co-authored with Nuria Cunil Grau on “Performance Measurement and Evaluation Systems: Institutionalizing Accountability for Government Results in Latin America" at the Public Management Research Conference hosted by Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, June 2-4.
RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe will serve on the plenary panel for the 2011 New York State Leadership Professionals’ Conference on “Integrating Leadership Development Theory and Practice,” designed for leadership program directors, staff and board members to meet, share resources and explore interest in the formation of a statewide or regional umbrella organization. Registration: $65, Syracuse, NY, June 7-8, 2011.

Sonia Ospina will make a plenary presentation at the Social Equity Leadership Conference organized with the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Ospina, NYU Wagner Chief of Staff Tracey Gardner and RCLA Program Administrator Grisel Caicedo will also host a participatory session based on NYU Wagner's partnership with   UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs on a social justice initiative. The conference theme is “Community-University Collaborations to Promote Social Equity.” Binghamton University, June 8-10.

From June through August 2011, RCLA will welcome Visiting Fellow Alejandra Boni, an associate professor in Projects Engineering and team leader on Development, International Cooperation and Ethics at the Technical University of Valencia. Dr. Boni will share results from diverse participatory research projects and will facilitate sessions at RCLA’s Global Social Change Leadership Institute.
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