The Research Center for Leadership in Action explores and broadly shares new knowledge and ideas about public service leadership. Below are updates about our latest research and programs.
We invite practitioners, researchers, scholars, students, and the public to participate in our full slate of convenings, inquiries, panels, dialogues, seminars, and other learning opportunities. Visit the calendar for a list of recent and upcoming events.
Inaugural IGNITE Institute Convenes Women of Color in Social Sector
All 31 members of the inaugural class of the IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector – a leadership program for women of color at nonprofits, newly launched by NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) -- gathered in New York City for a kick-off institute that stretched from August 1-6.
The IGNITE institute, organized by Toni Harris, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations at Wagner, and Director of the IGNITE Fellowship, began with a welcome reception in the NYU President’s Penthouse in Washington Square. The evening included a lively and bracing discussion with Irshad Manji, director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner. Manji is the author of the international bestseller The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith, creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear, and she most recently authored Allah, Liberty & Love. Speaking to the IGNITE fellows, she shared hard-won lessons on creating work-life balance for herself and her team – a process she said was anchored in daily meditation, and propelled by the vitality and fulfillment that comes from working to turn a vision into a reality.
The following day’s events took place at NYU Wagner and included an overview of findings from a decade of research on social change leadership delivered by RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina, as well as a luncheon with a panel of women leading organizations across sectors in New York City.
- Analisa Leonor Balares, founder and CEO of Womensphere
- Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation
- Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League
- Fatima A. Shama, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
NYU Wagner Assistant Dean of Fiscal Operations and Human Resources Trena Drayton, moderated the panel discussion. The conversation traced the women’s leadership journeys, from when they first considered themselves leaders, to key moments that have influenced their leadership styles and directions, to leadership challenges they are each facing currently. Key themes included the important role leaders play in convening stakeholders to find solutions, recognizing moments of opportunity in moments of crisis, and the assets that leaders of color, in particular, gain from navigating cultures while remaining grounded in the affirmation of “home” relationships and communities.
“The energy in the room crystallized the continued value of conversations like these,” said Drayton. “People of color, especially women, benefit greatly from candid, informed dialogue around matters that are often left unspoken.”
Following the events at Wagner, the Fellows travelled to Old Greenwich, Connecticut, for four days of robust leadership and management sessions and a chance to build a strong network. In the coming nine months, the Fellows will continue to sharpen their leadership skills with the support of cohort members and Fellowship managers.
Offered with support from the American Express Foundation, IGNITE is a nine-month program that offers a diverse group of mid-career women directing nonprofit programs and organizations across the United States exposure to best practices, processes for building personal and organizational leadership, and opportunities to build and strengthen core management capacities.
The program is sponsored by RCLA’s People of Color Leadership Network, which strengthens communities of color by supporting leadership by and for people of color.
Learn more about IGNITE: http://wagner.nyu.edu/leadership/leadership_dev/pocln/ignite
Learn more about RCLA’s People of Color Leadership Network: http://wagner.nyu.edu/leadership/leadership_dev/pocln
Applications Being Accepted for Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action is now accepting applications for the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service.
The fellowship is a prestigious leadership program for a diverse group of early-career professionals working full-time for elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations in New York City. Through sessions twice each month from November 2013 through May 2014, Fellows will enhance their leadership knowledge and skills, deepen their understanding of the public service landscape, hear from top leaders in the field, receive ongoing mentorship from Alumni and Career Guides, engage in strategic career planning, and build a cross-sector network of people committed to public service.
To be eligible, applicants must work full-time in public service in the New York City area; may not currently be engaged in another significant fellowship; and must commit to attending all fellowship sessions, including a day-long Orientation on November 2, 2013. The program fee is $500.
The application deadline is noon (EST) on Thursday, September 5, 2013.
More information and the application are available at: http://wagner.nyu.edu/felps
Thirty-one Professionals Selected for Inaugural IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector
The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is pleased to announce the 31 members of the inaugural IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector, a nine-month program enabling them to strengthen their leadership and management skills.
Offered with support from the American Express Foundation, IGNITE offers a diverse group of mid-career women directing nonprofit programs and organizations across the United States exposure to best practices, processes for building personal and organizational leadership, and opportunities to build and strengthen core management capacities.
American Express Foundation President Timothy J. McClimon said, “We are thrilled to support this extraordinary group of women working on critically important social issues who are poised to not only deepen their organizations’ impact, but strengthen the leadership of the sector as a whole.”
The Fellowship begins with a leadership institute in New York City from August 1-6, which includes a welcome reception in the NYU President’s Penthouse, a luncheon with top nonprofit leaders, and robust leadership and management sessions over four days. Over the ensuing nine months, Fellows will participate in peer mentoring and webinars to sharpen their leadership skills with the support of cohort members and Fellowship managers.
RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe said, “These women are advancing justice initiatives in game-changing ways across the nation. We are excited about giving them a chance to reflect, learn and apply best practices, and build a national network they can call on for ideas and support as they undertake ambitious change agendas.”
To learn more about the IGNITE fellowship, please visit: http://bit.ly/17VL9fB
2013 IGNITE Fellows:
- Alethea Simon, Vice President of Programs and Policy, Greenhope Services for Women, New York, NY
- Ayeola Kinlaw, Director and Engagement Manager, Center for Public Research and Leadership, New York, NY
- Elizabeth Clay Roy, Chief Strategy Officer, Phipps Community Development Corporation, New York, NY
- Erica Hamilton, Vice President and Executive Director, City Year, New York, NY
- Erika Davies, Director of Membership & Development, Association of Black Foundation Executives, New York, NY
- Gaylon Alcaraz, Executive Director, Chicago Abortion Fund, Chicago, IL
- Iliana Estevez, Federal Programs Manager, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute, Washington, DC
- Imelba Rodriguez, Senior Program Director, Bridge Street Development Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
- Inez Gonzalez, Executive Vice President, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Pasadena, CA
- Jennise Hall, Director of Finance, Turning Point, Brooklyn, NY
- Jovian Zayne Irvin, Managing Director for Regional Talent Recruitment and Strategy, Teach For America, New York, NY
- Joy Messinger, Deputy Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Chicago, IL
- Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy, The Opportunity Agenda, New York, NY
- Kia Chatmon, Development Officer, National Organization of Concerned Black Men, Washington, DC
- Krystal Portalatin, Co-Director, FIERCE, New York, NY
- Margarita Guzman, Program Director, Day One, New York, NY
- Meredith Freeman, Program Director, Fair Food Network, Ann Arbor, MI
- Monique Miles, Deputy Director, The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC
- Nathalie de Los Angeles Hodge, Program Director for the NYCHA Resident Training Academy, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, Brooklyn, NY
- Pamela Saelieb, Advisory Services Consultant, Taproot Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
- Parisa Norouzi, Executive Director, Empower DC, Washington, DC
- Rachelle Olden, National Director for the Roosevelt Institute Pipeline, Roosevelt Institute, New York, NY
- Ramatu Bangura, Program Director, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, Bronx, NY
- Raquel Lynch, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Charlotte, NC
- Rosita Choy, Director of Operations, National CAPACD, Washington, DC
- Shreya Malena-Sannon, Program Director, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Brooklyn, NY
- Simone Sneed, Director of Development and External Affairs, Inwood House, New York, NY
- Sindy Benavides, Director of Civic Engagement and Community Mobilization, League of United Latin American Citizens, Washington, DC
- Tameeza Alibhai, Policy Manager, AKDN, AKF-Afghanistan, Washington, DC
- Tiffany McQueen, Director of Educational Programs, LINK Unlimited, Chicago, IL
- Tonya Davis-Taylor, Program Director, Palladia Inc., New York, NY
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action conducts breakthrough research on leadership and offers customized leadership development and capacity-building programs. IGNITE is a program of RCLA’s People of Color Leadership Network, which aims to strengthen communities of color by supporting leadership by and for people of color. Learn more at wagner.nyu.edu/leadership .
American Express: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow
One of American Express' three platforms for its philanthropy is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit and social sectors, American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century. More than 10,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs. Launched in 2008, the American Express Leadership Academy addresses the growing deficit of leadership talent in the nonprofit sector. The Academy brings together emerging leaders from a diverse set of nonprofit, social sector and nongovernmental organizations.
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IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector - Apply by Noon May 24
NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action is now accepting applications for the IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector.
IGNITE is a nine-month program that celebrates and builds the leadership skills of mid-career women of color in nonprofits across the US.
The fellowship offers exposure to best practices, processes for building personal and organizational leadership, opportunities to build and strengthen core management capacities, and a national network of women of color in the sector.
It begins with a five-day Institute from August 1-6, 2013 that draws on the best of New York City as a hub for nonprofit innovation and offers Fellows a space to engage in reflection and rejuvenation. Over the following nine months, fellows participate in ongoing peer mentoring, coaching and webinars to work toward their leadership goals.
IGNITE is a program of RCLA’s People of Color Leadership Network, which aims to strengthen communities of color by supporting leadership by and for people of color.
The application deadline is noon EST on Friday, May 24, 2013.
Learn more and apply now.
Leadership Program for Ghanaian Women Leaders in Civil Society
NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action and Fundación Mujeres por África are now accepting applications for the Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program.
The one-year leadership development program is for women working in mid-level positions in civil society organizations or on public and social issues in Ghana. The women selected this year will be part of the program’s inaugural cohort, which kicks off in October 2013.
The program offers participants:
- Two week-long intensive leadership institutes in Ghana and New York City;
- Presentations by international and Ghanaian experts in leadership and management;
- Hands-on, interactive workshops that offer opportunities for reflection, peer learning, team building and planning;
- Expert coaching and support during the design and execution of an action-learning project in a home organization or community;
- Program training, lodging and travel expenses covered by the program;
- A network of dynamic women leaders in Ghanaian civil society; and
- Robust knowledge and skills for advancing community change.
The deadline to apply has been extended to noon EST on Friday, June 14, 2013.
Learn more about the program and apply now.
RCLA Launches Initiative on Religion, Civic Leadership & Democracy
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action is thrilled to announce the launch of the initiative Religion, Civic Leadership and Democracy in the Public Square: Exploring and Advancing the Role of Faith in Civility 11 Years Post-9/11.
Religious leaders have become significant teachers of civics and civic engagement in the United States, a role for which few have been trained. Given the polarization and violent rhetoric in America today over many divisive issues, this project seeks to work with religious communities to promote constructive dialogue and civil discourse.
The two-year initiative, directed by NYU Wagner Professor David Elcott and made possible through support from the Ford Foundation, will examine how civic and public issues are addressed within religious communities and the implications for broader civic discourse and democracy in the US. The initiative is designed to highlight the roles religious communities and their leaders play in American political life and to equip a new generation of religious leaders to constructively promote greater civil discourse and pluralist democratic values.
The Religion, Civic Leadership, and Democracy in the Public Square initiative will leverage civic and democratic values from within religious communities while simultaneously advancing inter-faith bridge building and conversation.
The project has three main aims:
- Engagement through Active Inquiry: The initiative will explore how religious communities and their leaders address public civil discourse and democracy to determine the connection between religious rhetoric and teaching and the roles one plays as a citizen.
- Analysis: Through collaboration with key religious leaders, the initiative will search for religious language particular to each religious community to enhance democratic discourse and focus Americans on common ground and on the common good.
- Tools and Training: A main focus of the initiative will be to share actionable knowledge with political and religious leaders and activists, youth leaders and teachers who are concerned with enhancing civic dialogue.
David Elcott, who is leading the initiative, has 25 years of experience in interfaith and interethnic mediation and coalition building. Trained in political psychology and Middle East affairs at ColumbiaUniversity and Judaic studies at the American Jewish University, Dr. Elcott is the Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU Wagner and an affiliated faculty member at RCLA. The initiative builds on RCLA’s participatory and democratic approaches to building knowledge and leadership with practitioners in the public service and social change arenas over the last decade.
Dr. Elcott noted, "For two over two decades I have worked to build interfaith coalitions committed to social justice while mediating conflicts within and among religious communities. This is an extraordinary opportunity to highlight the extensive involvement of religious leaders in the political life of America as teachers of civic values – and to locate more effective ways for these leaders to promote a healthier and more civil United States.”
Through Advocacy Lab, Students Work to Change Reentry Policy
A unique NYU Wagner course is offering students the opportunity to learn about and work directly to change housing policies for people reentering communities after being incarcerated. Their aim is to get the federal definition of homelessness updated to include those recently released from prison, giving them access to shelter and social services.
Through Advocacy Lab, which has been taught by NYU Wagner Professor David Elcott with other faculty members since 2011, students gain an overview of and training in how to affect US public policy through advocacy campaigns, legislative lobbying, issue branding, coalition building and community organizing. This includes exploring different forms of issue advocacy and identifying a value base; managing the strategies, tactics and activities of organizing and running a social justice advocacy campaign; and conducting research, marketing and evaluation.
This semester Advocacy Lab has partnered with The Fortune Society, which provides services including housing, employment, education, substance abuse treatment and family reunification to individuals recently released from jail or prison. Through its reentry programming, The Fortune Society works to promote alternatives to incarceration and strengthen the fabric of communities.
The students are helping to build Fortune’s housing policy agenda, with the aim of getting the federal definition of homelessness updated to include those recently released from prison. This change would give recently released individuals access to services guaranteed to individuals defined as "street homeless," such as access to shelter and social services, providing them with the necessary safety and support to reform their lives.
"Through Advocacy Lab, students are on the front lines of shaping the conversations on issues of homelessness, housing, and incarceration with The Fortune Society, a nationally recognized partner,” said Caroline Ross, an NYU Wagner student and Advocacy Lab organizer. “Students have the opportunity to directly apply the theory and policy frameworks we are learning in the classroom to on-the-ground experience."
To that end, students are spearheading the following projects:
- Bringing "The Castle II," the play by David Rothenberg that tells stories of individuals recently released from prison (and that led to his founding The Fortune Society), to NYU Wagner for the greater NYU community on April 29, 2013.
- Developing key policy positions for Fortune on federal and state legislation related to homelessness
- Expanding research on the correlation between housing, an improved criminal justice system and societal outcomes
- Enhancing the implementation and analysis of the organization's national reentry housing survey
- Working with Fortune's communication and media strategy teams to tailor messaging to different key stakeholders
- Visiting community members living at The Fortune Society's Castle Gardens to better understand the experience of reentry into the community and to see a proven model of whole-community integration with formerly incarcerated people that is viable and thriving
- Identifying and reaching out to key contacts in the housing reform community
Professor David Elcott, who is an RCLA-affiliated faculty member, explained, “Our relationship with The Fortune Society gives students the opportunity to directly interact with experts in the field of housing and criminal justice policy, while they apply the focused, high-quality, research and advocacy skills characteristic of a Wagner education. We see the Advocacy Lab model as the future of public service education and an essential way to develop the next generation of social justice leaders.”
RCLA Announces People of Color Leadership Network and IGNITE Fellowship
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action is thrilled to announce new programming through the People of Color Leadership Network. The Network aims to strengthen communities of color by supporting leadership by and for people of color.
The People of Color Leadership Network will play an important role in connecting people of color to exchange best practices and support each other, in strengthening their development as leaders and managers at all levels within organizations, in promoting their engagement in relevant diverse networks where they can collaborate around common visions, and in expanding the impact they have individually and collectively within organizations, systems and on a global scale on issues of public importance.
The Network begins with the launch of the IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color Leaders in the Social Sector. The fellowship celebrates and nurtures the leadership of mid-career women of color in nonprofits across the US. Applications are being accepted for the program through noon EST on May 24, 2013.
The People of Color Leadership Network represents the next chapter in the work started by the Women of Color Policy Network founded by the late NYU Wagner Professor Walter Stafford in 2000. The Network conducted original research to influence and shape local, state and national policies that affect women of color, their families and communities and offered leadership development for women of color. In 2008, the Network became an affiliate of RCLA. In 2012, we evaluated how we could have the greatest impact in supporting the vitally important public service work being spearheaded by people of color and impacting communities of color in the US. We saw a critical need to support leaders of color conducting research, advocating for more just and equitable policies, and providing services to communities that might otherwise be underserved.
The need to both lift up and support leadership by people of color is made more urgent by the dearth of positions of authority held by people of color despite demographic and workforce shifts. People of color make up one in three people in the US – a figure projected to increase to 54 percent by 2042. Yet 2011-2012 data from BoardSource and the D5 Coalition show that the number of people of color holding nonprofit and foundation CEO positions hovers around 10 percent.
As part of celebrating, enhancing and accelerating the leadership of women and men of color, the Network will serve as a resource to students and alumni. It will also maintain a commitment to understanding public policy and leadership issues with attention to the intersections of gender, race and other markers of difference, and will preserve a social equity lens in all of its work.
The Network’s programming is part of RCLA’s broader mission to build knowledge and capacity for leadership to transform society and commitment to developing more diverse and inclusive public service leadership.
Global Social Change Leadership Institute Application Deadline March 29
The Research Center for Leadership in Action has extended the application deadline for the Global Social Change Leadership Institute to noon EST on March 29, 2013.
The summer program brings together university and graduate students and recent college graduates from across the United States and around the world to New York City from July 7-19, 2013. They build the practical knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities, a strategic action plan and an international network of advocates for change.
The two-week Institute offers participants:
- Presentations by institute faculty who are established experts in areas including nonprofit management, framing and communications, community organizing, leadership, and policy;
- Hands-on, interactive workshops that offer opportunities for reflection, peer learning, team building and planning based on personal objectives and projects for change;
- A robust understanding of the nature and tasks of social change leadership and an action plan for addressing a pressing issue in their community;
- Site visits to nonprofit organizations, cultural sites and historic landmarks across New York City;
- A network of advocates committed to social justice; and
- A certificate of completion from the ResearchCenter for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner.
Get more information about the program curriculum, tuition and scholarships.
Using Social Media to Build Stakeholder Support: Webinar
A new webinar delivered in February as part of the Communities in Schools Executive Leadership Development Program co-designed and managed by RCLA offers an overview of key social media platforms and how nonprofits are using them to influence stakeholders and build support for their work.
The webinar features presentations from Michael Keithly, chief information officer for Creative Artists Agency, and Mike Bento, executive vice president of Marketing and Communications for Communities in Schools' national office.
Newark Mayoral Candidate Talks Candidly with Emerging Leaders about His Career
Newark Council Member Ras J. Baraka, who announced on February 27 that he is running for Mayor of Newark, spoke at an intimate, off-the-record event with RCLA's Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service on March 6.
Mr. Baraka has long held dual roles as a political figure and the principal of Central High School, and talked with the fellows about his family, history of activism, hopes for the future, and public service career.
RCLA Welcomes Visiting Fellow Laura Callanan
RCLA is thrilled to announce that Laura Callanan is joining the Center as a visiting fellow.
She brings a wealth of cross-sector experience and expertise in social innovation, including working most recently for McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector Office, where she was the lead author of From Potential to Action: Bringing Social Impact Bonds to the US, the most comprehensive report on this new public-private approach to scaling social services.
Previously, Laura has held roles as a consultant with The Synergos Institute and E-Line Ventures, an investment fund focused on video games with social impact; a senior adviser at the United Nations Development Program; executive director of The Prospect Hill Foundation, and associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation.
Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellows to Present at RCLA February 28
At an RCLA event on February 28, from 5:00–6:30pm, the Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellows will talk about about a breakthrough new approach to innovation in local government funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The Fellows will share insights about the work of Innovation Delivery Teams in Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans to advance top Mayoral priorities, including reducing street homelessness, handgun violence and homicides; improving customer service and processing times for key city services; scaling energy efficiency efforts and revitalizing neighborhoods and encouraging business growth.
The event, co-sponsored with the NYU Wagner Office of Career Services, will be held in Lafayette Conference Room on the 3rd Floor of NYU Wagner. RSVPs are required.
Professor David Elcott to Receive MLK Jr. Faculty Award
Professor David Elcott
NYU Wagner Professor David Elcott has been chosen to receive the Provost’s prestigious 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, presented to outstanding faculty members - nominated by students - who exemplify the spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through their teaching excellence, leadership, commitment to social justice, and community-building work.
Professor Elcott is Wagner’s Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service. He is senior research fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) and Faculty Director of the Executive MPA program.
The NYU Provost, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs, will present the Faculty Award to Professor Elcott and five other faculty members Wednesday, February 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Pless Hall Lounge, 82 Washington Square East.
To view a Wagner video interview with Professor Elcott, click here.
Click here to view photos from the event.
Advancing Relational Leadership Research and Practice: RCLA Event
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action will host a book celebration and discussion on "Advancing Relational Leadership Research and Practice" on Monday, February 25, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
The event will be a conversation with Mary Uhl-Bien, PhD, Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership Management, University of Nebraska, and Sonia M. Ospina, PhD, Faculty Director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner.
The complex webs of relationships and interconnectivity in today’s work environment open up new worlds of possibility for organizational performance and leadership. At the same time, making decisions and taking action are more challenging and outcomes are less predictable.
For organizations to capitalize on these relationships and networks to achieve their missions requires challenging outdated leadership models that focus solely on individual leaders and assume top-down, linear causality, often ignoring context. Advancing theories of leadership that are more relevant to practice requires understanding how people connect and the implications of relational dynamics for leadership research and development. This, in turn, requires a dialogue among scholars and practitioners about the very meaning of relational leadership.
The new book, Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Conversation across Perspectives, edited by Mary Uhl-Bien and Sonia M. Ospina, documents the beginning of such a conversation among renowned leadership scholars. Incorporating a wide range of disciplines and perspectives (e.g., organizational behavior, communications, sociology, public policy, critical theory, feminist theory, relational theory), the authors address the theoretical, research and practical questions of attempting to develop a relational view of leadership.
At the book celebration, the editors will discuss what they have learned from working with the scholars and participants can continue a lively conversation about the questions, obstacles and the key next steps to advance work on relational leadership. The ultimate goal is to integrate multiple perspectives in developing actionable knowledge on relational leadership that can help address the challenges in today’s work environment.
The event will be held in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue at NYU Wagner.
RSVPs are required. RSVP now.
Global Social Change Leadership Institute Early Admissions Deadline Feb 15
RCLA’s Global Social Change Leadership Institute offers college and graduate students and young professionals from across the United States and around the world a chance to develop practical knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities.
Program participants learn from experts at the forefront of policy reform and advocacy, coalition building and direct service, and the curriculum draws on a decade of rigorous research RCLA has conducted with award-winning social change organizations about the essential role these nonprofits play in an informed and engaged civil society. Interactive workshops are paired with site visits throughout New York City, offering participants a robust understanding of both the theory and practice of leadership and social change.
Participants emerge with an understanding of social change leadership, a plan for taking action in their school or community, and a network of other advocates committed to social justice.
The Early Admissions deadline is noon EST on February 15, 2013.
Learn more about eligibility requirements, the curriculum, tuition, partial needs-based scholarships, and application instructions.
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RCLA Faculty Director Inducted as National Academy Fellow
RCLA Faculty Director Sonia M. Ospina was inducted as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow at a formal ceremony in Washington, DC in November 2012.
According to information from the National Academy, this year’s Fellows join the ranks of an illustrious group that includes: eight current or former members of the US Congress, 18 current or former presidential cabinet members, eight current or former governors,18 current or former mayors, and 33 current or former chancellors or presidents of colleges and universities, among other public figures.
The National Academy website notes that Fellows “ …contribute valuable insight and experience to the oversight of National Academy projects and provide general guidance of the organization … New Fellows are elected by the entire membership after a rigorous nomination process that takes place each spring. They are inducted as Fellows at the National Academy’s Fall Meeting held each November.”
RCLA Announces 2013 Class of Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service
NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action is pleased to announce that 33 accomplished early career professionals have been selected to participate in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, a premier cross-sector leadership program for emerging leaders in New York City.
The fellowship, now in its eighth year, helps recent college graduates reflect on and strengthen their leadership abilities, deepen their understanding of the public service arena, and engage in strategic career development. Through bi-weekly sessions over the course of seven months, fellows hear from senior officials and nonprofit executives about their own career trajectories and receive ongoing guidance from accomplished professionals who serve as career and alumni guides.
Previous speakers have included New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott; Khary Lazarre-White, co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood-Sister Sol; Human Rights Watch Director of Programs Iain Levine; and Jennifer Jones Austin, senior vice president of Community Investment for the United Way of New York City.
The fellowship was founded by Ellen Schall, dean of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and is sponsored by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action. It reflects RCLA's broader work to develop the knowledge and capacity for leadership to transform society.
The fellows selected are from diverse backgrounds and have demonstrated a commitment to public service and leadership. They work for a variety of nonprofit, government, philanthropic and private enterprises advancing the public good. This year's class includes representatives from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, the United Nations and Open Society Foundations, as well as Prep for Prep, New York Cares and Taproot Foundation.
This year's Fellows are:
- Molly Bilick, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
- Gael Black, The New York Women’s Foundation
- Afton Branche, Thomson Reuters Foundation
- Jameek Clovie, Fifth Avenue Committee, Single Stop Program
- Inslee Coddington, Achievement First Brownsville Elementary School
- Gloris Estrella, Institute of International Education
- Fernando Falcon, United Nations, Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
- Rachel Finkelstein, The Center for Court Innovation, Red Hook Community Justice Center
- Lia Grigg, STRIVE / East Harlem Employment Service
- Alexandra Hallock, Taproot Foundation
- Beatrice Hinton, Public Interest Projects
- Elizabeth Kennedy, iMentor
- Lily Kunin, Uncommon Schools
- Annie Lee, Prep for Prep
- Chauncey Nartey, New York City Department of Education
- Mary Newcomb, Teach For America
- Brian O’Neil, Citizen Schools
- Kathleen O’Reilly, The Good Dog Foundation
- Julie Ougheltree, Junior Achievement of New York
- Derek Pediford, New York Mission Society
- Anthony Perez, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
- Tara Pokras, Project Sunshine
- Amanda Roberts, Accenture
- Kirsten Ruch, Open Society Foundations
- Leanne Sajor, Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation
- Ariel Siegel, Somaly Mam Foundation
- Avi Smolen, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
- Rachel Squire, New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations
- Raphael Stern, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation
- Allison Sterrett, New York Cares
- Anne Tatreau, Harlem RBI
- Malina Tran, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
- Mykal Urbina, DonorsChoose.org
RCLA Accepting Applications for Global Social Change Leadership Institute 2013
University and graduate students and recent college graduates from around the globe can develop the practical knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities through RCLA’s summer program from July 7-19, 2013.
Through interactive workshops and site visits throughout New York City, participants learn from leaders at the forefront of policy reform and advocacy, coalition building and direct service. Participants strengthen their leadership ability and skills, learn about cutting-edge research on leadership and social change, and see firsthand what makes organizations at the forefront of advancing social justice successful. They emerge with an action plan for making meaningful change in their communities and a network of other committed changemakers working in a variety of international contexts.
The deadline to apply for Early Admission is 12:00pm EST on February 15, 2013.