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Aspen Institute Awards Fellowship on Family Poverty to WOCPN Executive Director
C. Nicole Mason, executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network, has been named a member of the inaugural class of The Aspen Institute Fellowship - in all, a distinguished group of 20 leaders from across the country who are pioneering two-generation approaches to move families beyond poverty.
The Aspen Institute announced its Ascend Fellows at an event Feb. 15 at its offices in Washington, D.C.
Under Dr. Mason's direction, the Women of Color Policy Network - part of NYU Wagner - has become a leading authority and voice on public policies that affect women of color, low-income families, and communities of color. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data used to inform public policy at every level of government. It also serves as a nexus for women of color scholars, leaders, and practitioners.
Dr. Mason has been a partner on several statewide and national initiatives to identify strategies to move low-income women and families toward economic security, including the Odyssey Project, a multi-year community college collaborative to improve educational outcomes for young women of color. Her commentary and writing have been featured in such outlets as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Essence magazine, CNN, and NPR.
The Ascend Fellowship was launched in 2011 with support from national foundations and women philanthropists and is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents and children - two generations - toward economic security together, with educational success central to its work. In addition to Dr. Mason, the list of Fellows includes leaders in higher education and across the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
At NYU Wagner event, OMB Director Orszag describes remedies for U.S. deficit [Video]
Peter Orszag, Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), talked about the enormous U.S. budget deficit, its primary causes, and its potential implications for health care, higher education, and the career prospects of younger people in an address November 3rd at New York University sponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Orszag was introduced by John Sexton, NYU's President, and Ellen Schall, the Dean of NYU Wagner, who served as the event's moderator and in her opening remarks noted that Orszag was the youngest member of President Barack Obama's cabinet.
Last year, Orszag told the audience of more than 400 people at NYU's Kimmel Center, the federal deficit was $1.4 trillion ,and a comparable budget gap is projected for the present fiscal year. Over the next decade, he said, the federal government is projected to generate additional red ink of $9 trillion. "Deficits of this size are serious and ultimately unsustainable," Orszag said.
The event was broadcast live by Fox Business while generating a significant amount of public interest and media coverage. To read an official text of the speech or view the NYU webcast, click on the links below.