RCLA’s partnerships with top public policy schools in the US and globally took Faculty Director Sonia Ospina to Brazil's prestigious National School for Public Administration (ENAP) this August. Dr. Ospina delivered a keynote address to high-level evaluators from across Latin America and a lecture on public-private collaboration to professionals entering the civil service.
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RCLA's Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service offers people early in their careers an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the public service landscape, think strategically about their career paths, assess their leadership strengths and skills, and build a network of support. Applications are due Sept. 14, 2010.
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The City of New York needs the “continual innovation” called for in a new book by New York City Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, The Power of Social Innovation. While the book highlights the work of Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs in particular, many other New York City agency managers are also creating, implementing and assessing the performance of innovations in their areas of service. A Leading Large Scale Change executive briefing for senior government leaders on September 22 sponsored by RCLA and Accenture will explore and analyze a number of these innovations.
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In a year of historic health care reform, top Latino physicians from across the US participated in a leadership institute hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and RCLA to enhance their knowledge of the policymaking process and equip them to make change on national health issues.
At the institute the doctors formulated strategic action plans to advocate for policy changes on obesity prevention and workforce diversity. They will take these plans forward as they meet with leaders from the White House, Congress, and federal government agencies.
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A new RCLA report by Sonia Ospina, Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla, Andrés Muñoz, and María Angélica Lozano examines how a capacity-building program in human rights and international law in Colombia contributed to shifts in the roles of Personeros Municipales, community spokespeople who serve as “a watchdog with teeth at the local level,” in the words of a Colombian public official. The aim of the program was to better prepare Personeros to promote government accountability at the municipal level.
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NYU Wagner professor and RCLA affiliated faculty member Erica Gabrielle Foldy co-presented on “The Future of Diversity Studies: Realizing the critical potential of diversity in organizations” at the Academy of Management in August. She also presented on the “Excelling on the Job Market” panel at the Doctoral Student Consortium of the Public and Nonprofit Division. In addition, Dr. Foldy recently co-published “A pedagogical model for increasing race-related multicultural counseling competency” with Tamara Buckley in The Counseling Psychologist.
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How can public service organizations harness the talents of record numbers of engaged Baby Boomers? At “Baby Boomers, Public Service and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States,” NYU Wagner Professor and RCLA affiliated faculty member David M. Elcott will present findings from a new report. Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Chief of The Jewish Week, will moderate the discussion on September 21, 2010.
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RCLA's Social Change Leadership Network offers a list of social media tools and how-to guides to help grassroots nonprofits take their social media strategies to the next level. Social change leaders have also launched a Social Justice Book Club.
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RCLA's Curricular Resources bridge theory and practice to make it easy for professors and scholars to incorporate Leadership Stories from public service work into courses, seminars and trainings. These materials are also helpful for preparing presentations for fall conferences and institutes.
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