New Fulbright Scholarship Designated For NYU Wagner/UCL Global EMPA Program

New Fulbright Scholarship Designated For NYU Wagner/UCL Global EMPA Program

NYU Wagner is pleased to announce that a Fulbright scholarship will be offered to an outstanding student from the United Kingdom who gains admission to the Executive Program for Global Policy Leaders (Global EMPA) for the fall, 2015.

The Global EMPA is a joint degree of NYU Wagner and University College London, designed for experienced managers, rising leaders, and executives across sectors. Students in this integrated program spend the first semester in New York City, the second in London, and the summer in global locations at work on a Capstone project. The Fulbright deadline to apply for the new scholarship is October 31, 2014. For more details, please visit the Fulbright Commission.

New York Times spotlights NYU Wagner's 'Visual Explorer' application tool

New York Times spotlights NYU Wagner's 'Visual Explorer' application tool

When NYU Wagner reviews applications for admission, we try to add up the many components that make up an applicant and ask ourselves: Who is this person? Two years ago, we added an optional Visual Explorer essay to our application. This essay section provides all applicants with an opportunity to offer information about themselves that is not always captured through the standard essay question on the application. They are asked to select a photograph from an archive of two dozen conceptual images and then write about it. The process draws out their creativity, while grounding them in a moment of reflection about their motivation to study and work in public service.

"Too often," notes Wagner's dean, Ellen Schall, "applying to graduate school is transactional. We added Visual Explorer because we wanted to signal that the Wagner experience is transformational. Visual Explorer calls for people to slow down enough to reflect on their own experiences, connect their passion for public service to their professional goals, and offer their own perspectives on how to change the world."

On Nov. 1, 2009, the Education Life supplement of The New York Times spotlighted Wagner's pattern-breaking application tool, the images for which are provided in collaboration with the nonprofit Center for Creative Leadership, or CCL.

View the interactive feature at the New York Times.

NYU Wagner alumnus Zachary Townsend Spotlighted in Forbes "30 under 30" Honor Roll

NYU Wagner alumnus Zachary Townsend Spotlighted in Forbes "30 under 30" Honor Roll

Forbes "30 Under 30": Zachary Townsend (r.)

NYU Wagner graduate Zachary Townsend (MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2012) is heralded in Forbes magazine’s prestigious “30 under 30” roster of highly successful and original strivers.

As Forbes reports, Townsend and his colleague, Dan Kimerling, are working in the field of entrepreneurial technology, where they have created a venture-backed business – Standard Treasury. The startup makes it easier for companies to conduct their commercial banking and to more simply add electronic checks, foreign exchanges, and other financial services to their websites and apps.

Previously, Townsend worked at Stripe, a company that makes it easy for software developers to accept credit cards on the web. Prior to Stripe, he was Senior Technology Policy Adviser to Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, and conducted civic and social sector management consulting as an Associate and Senior Associate at Bennett Midland LLC. His past clients included the NYC Administration of Children’s Services, the NYPD, the NYC Mayor’s Office, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

He is a published statistician, a current board member of Bayes Impact, a not-for-profit that creates a data science fellowship for the social sector, and one of the co-founders of DataKind, a not-for-profit organization that matches pro bono data scientists with other not-for-profits.  As a student at Wagner, he focused on public financial and statistical methods.

Congratulations,  NYU Wagner alumnus Zachary Townsend, for well-deserved praise and recognition for a new year!


NYU Wagner and Columbia SIPA Students Host First Joint Diversity Mixer

NYU Wagner and Columbia SIPA Students Host First Joint Diversity Mixer

On September 26th, NYU Wagner and Columbia SIPA joined together to host its first joint Diversity Mixer. Led by the NYU Wagner Black Student Association, NYU Wagner's Identity and Diversity in Public Service student groups (IDPS Groups) conjoined with SIPA Students of Color to host over 175 public service leaders. The mixer welcomed students to each school's community, engaging in a fun-filled evening of thought-provoking discussion and networking. Students walked away with a new sense of commitment to create cross-school partnerships, while adding great additions to their professional networks. The IDPS Groups aim to to provide various support mechanisms and increase social networks to diversity students. With this initiative, IDPS Groups intend to enhance the educational and social experience of NYU Wagner students and the broader New York University community.

Author: Tyeshia Smith (MPA, 2015) is chair of NYU Wagner's Black Student Association.

NYU Wagner and UCLA School of Public Affairs Develop Workshop on 'Navigating Across Boundaries of Difference'

NYU Wagner and UCLA School of Public Affairs Develop Workshop on 'Navigating Across Boundaries of Difference'

Differences such as race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, and many other aspects of personal identity shape the way each of us sees the world, the way resources are distributed, the way policies are made, the way boundaries are drawn, and the way institutions are managed. While many courses at Wagner and other schools of public service address systemic bias and disparate impact, the conversations are not always easy ones - in or outside of the classroom.

To address this issue, NYU Wagner and UCLA's School of Public Affairs joined in developing a day-long workshop designed bring together faculty, students, and administrators at both schools to increase our capacities to discuss complex issues of identity and to experiment with creating frames that will help us to navigate across boundaries of difference at the micro (individual) and macro (institutional, society) levels. Workshops were held on separate days at UCLA and NYU Wagner in March, 2009, with students, faculty and staff from both schools participating in lively, thought-provoking discussions at each event.

NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall and her counterpart at UCLA, Frank Gilliam, plan to present the model to members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the accrediting association for schools like Wagner, at its fall conference, with the hopes that the model will help the 263 NASPAA member schools introduce these conversations within their communities.


NYU Wagner Announces Five Fellowship Recipients

NYU Wagner Announces Five Fellowship Recipients

Bohnett Fellow Zara Nasir

            NYU Wagner is delighted to announce that five highly accomplished incoming students have been selected as the recipients of our named Fellowships for the fall of 2014. Chosen by screening judges, the students are poised to begin their graduate work at Wagner this September, each having demonstrated academic success, innovation, and leadership in public service.

            The 2014 Fellows are:

            Lusungu Kayani Stearns and Zara Nasir – recipients of the David Bohnett Public Service Fellowship. The Bohnett Fellowship is "...a great opportunity for students to directly engage in the challenges of governing our vibrant and diverse city," in the words of David Bohnett, Chairman and Founder of the David Bohnett Foundation.

            For the past six years, Lusungu has worked in Nairobi for UN-Habitat, focusing on the impact of rapid urbanization on local, regional, and national governmental agencies in Africa. She holds an M.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

           Zara has worked with parents, students, and community members as a community organizer on education advocacy and immigration reform, training young organizers and leading outreach and canvassing efforts.  She is interested in social activism and organizing in communities of color. In 2010, she received her B.A. in History from the University of Michigan.

            Julliard Lin – recipient of the Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellowship, awarded to outstanding students in the Master of Urban Planning program who demonstrate a commitment to bringing their scholarship and expertise to bear upon significant urban issues.

           With an academic background in cognitive linguistics and experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, Julliard is currently working to strengthen a series of dynamic urban development projects in New York City. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Linguistics from Northwestern University. 

             Pessy Katz and Michael Weston-Murphy – recipients of the Lisa Goldberg Fellowship. The Goldberg Fellowship was established for rising leaders in public service who seek careers in philanthropy or Jewish leadership.

             Pessy has interned in the offices of Senator Hillary Clinton and U.S. Rep. Jerrold  Nadler, taught Hebrew and poetry to grade-school children, developed advocacy projects for the Jewish Community Relations Council, and was a program coordinator  for the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Touro College.

             For the past three years, Michael has been an employee of the Archdiocese of New York, managing the campaign to support the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. With a strong concurrent interest in global affairs, he has served as an issues intern for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. At Boston College, where he received his B.A. in International Studies & Islamic Civilization and Societies, he was co-founder of  Al-Noor: The Boston College Undergraduate Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

             Congratulations to all!


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