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04/19/2013 Thinking Outside the Tent: Using Urban Planning in Post-Disaster Settings to Create Innovations in Humanitarian Assistance

Thinking Outside the Tent: Using Urban Planning in Post-Disaster Settings to Create Innovations in Humanitarian Assistance
Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Please join IPSA on April 19th from 5pm to 6:30pm for a special event entitled: "Thinking Outside the Tent: Using Urban Planning in Post-Disaster Settings to Create Innovations in Humanitarian Assistance". The event features Charles A. Setchell, Senior Shelter, Settlements, and Hazard Mitigation Advisor of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. He will be discussing innovative response mechanisms post disaster, through an urban planning perspective. From neighborhood approaches, community planning, and host family innovations, Setchell draws on experience from Haiti, to Afghanistan, Honduras to Indonesia.

04/18/2013 Local Governance & Food Systems

Local Governance and Food Systems
Presented by NYU Food Law, Wagner Food Policy Alliance, the Green Rabbits, and the NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

As enthusiasm for building sustainable local food systems continues to grow, the discussion is starting to shift from a focus on entrepreneurship and enlightened consumerism to the need for civic engagement around food issues. In response to this need for collaborative problem-solving in the public sphere, the number of food policy councils in North America has nearly doubled in the past two years, reaching almost 200, and a growing number of municipalities are actively engaged in food systems planning. New York City is at the forefront of this movement and this panel brings together some of the city’s leading figures in food policy and planning to discuss the role of local governance in building sustainable food systems.

-Mark Izeman (NYU Law alumnus), Senior Attorney and Director of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s New York Urban Program.
-Kim Kessler (NYU Law alumna), Food Policy Coordinator, Mayor Bloomberg’s Office
-Nevin Cohen, Professor of Urban and Environmental Studies, The New School
-Beatriz Beckford, Director of Organizing & Policy, Brooklyn Food Coalition
-Emily Broad Leib, Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School

Light snacks will be provided by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43

04/17/2013 Gallery Space at Wagner: Opening Reception for "Continuum" by Rodolfo Edwards

Gallery Space at Wagner: Opening Reception for Continuum by Rodolfo Edwards

Please join us in celebrating the opening of Continuum, the Spring-2013 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Staged in recognition of the 50th anniversary of NYU Wagner’s urban planning program, the exhibit features mixed-media works on canvas and a sculptural installation by Chilean architect and visual artist Rodolfo Edwards.

With Continuum, Edwards delves further into his current studio practice by creating a series of deconstructed city landscapes and abstract configurations informed by his study of architecture, cartography, and urban design. Rich in color and compositional rhythm, the works are vividly populated by a complex array of patterns, grids, hues, and meticulously selected photographic fragments extracted from recycled materials. The compositions resulting from this intermingling of collage and painting techniques are at once intricate studies on perspective and spatial management and an absorbing display of pictorial narratives.

Continuum is curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni and co-presented by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The exhibit is co-sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) and the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC).

04/17/2013 Exploring Public-Private Partnerships in Education

Exploring Public-Private Partnerships in Education
Presented by Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) and Wagner Philanthropy (WP)

In an era of budget crises and heightened accountability, public schools, educators, and policymakers across the U.S. are increasingly turning to resources beyond traditional governmental funding. Major funders such as the Gates, Walton, and Broad Foundations have become leading players in shaping education policies, often aligned with reform-oriented policymakers. From Chicago, to D.C., to Miami, public education funds leverage private resources to help districts experiment with new innovations and support. For public charter schools that lack access to district economies of scale, external resources are often essential to securing physical space and serving all students.

Join WEPSA and Wagner Philanthropy for an interactive panel discussion on the role of these partnerships featuring Julia Bator, CEO of the Fund for Public Schools, Christina Brown, Chief of Staff at NYC Charter School Center, Recy Dunn Regional Director, New Leaders and Michael Duffy, adjunct associate professor of management at Wagner and Managing Director of Victory Education Partners. Light breakfast will be served.

04/16/2013 Mi Voz, My Vote Series: The Dream Act and Immigration Reform

Mi Voz, My Vote Series: The Dream Act and Immigration Reform


To conclude the Mi Voz, My Vote series hosted by the Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS), The Dream Act and Immigration Reform will explore issues related to The Dream Act and the policies that have taken shape around immigration reform. The event will feature a panel discussion, a Q&A session, and networking.

Hors d'oeuvre and drinks will be served!


Meghan Tadio:  Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Francisco Moya

Richard André: Policy Associate at Council of the Americas

Yohan Garcia, Hunter College Student - “Dreamer”

Alexandra Ruiz, Executive Director of Immigration Advocacy Matters


6:00 - 6:15  -  Welcome and Introductions

6:15 - 7:00  -  Moderated Panel Discussion

7:00 - 7:15  -  Audience Q&A

7:15 - 7:20  -  Closing Remarks

7:20 - 8:00  -  Networking Session

04/16/2013 Aid and Development: The Future of Africa

Aid and Developmen​t: The Future of Africa
Presented by the Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA)
Co-Sponsored by AFRIKANSPORT and Rock Me Africa Magazine

As we approach the end of the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals, the current debate is what comes after, what would be the role of Aid in solving developmental challenges on the African continent. We will explore this debate through the lens of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and other remittances, including the role of China.

The discourse will be centered on Aid in the current Africa landscape, the rise of new donors, changes in the way Aid is delivered, and the future of Aid landscape given the post-2015 MDGs debate.

The objective of this panel is to enlighten the public about the politics involved in Aid and international development, and also to review whether Aid is still necessary for Africa’s growth and development. Even though the continent has received over $1 Trillion in international Aid (ODA+), recent evidence still suggests that the greatest challenge of poverty reduction lies in Africa.

This panel will thus discuss the implications of foreign aid, the current state of foreign aid, and the future of foreign aid in Africa from various perspectives.


Ayodele Odusola

MDGs and Policy Adviser

United Nations Development Program, New York Office

  Panel Moderator Scott Fritzen Professor of Pubilc Policy Associate Dean, Academic Affairs NYU Wagner   Panelists Kambale Musavuli Human Rights Activist and National Spokesperson Friends of the Congo   Nathalie Chinje International Business Management and Marketing Consultant
Founder and Director Upbeat Marketing   Wale Idris Ajibade Founder and Executive Director African Views Ishmael Dodoo

UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (CST/ESA)

04/15/2013 Executive MPA Information Session

Executive MPA Information Session


04/15/2013 Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

Please join us for a lecture and Q&A by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus is best known as the founder of the Grameen Bank and as a passionate advocate for microcredit and social enterprise. In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Yunus has won awards and accolades worldwide for his work. He is one of only seven people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal.

Professor Yunus will discuss his passion and vision for serving the poor through inclusive social businesses that serve poor households in Bangladesh, including Grameen Bank, GrameenPhone, and Grameen Danone Foods, an innovative joint venture with Groupe Danone. This event is co-sponsored by NYU Wagner's Financial Access Initiative and NYU Stern.

For directions and maps click here.

*Note: Event registration doesn't guarantee a seat. All seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

04/13/2013 Hack: Student Engagement

Hack: Student Engagement
Presented by Wagner Education Policy Alliance and Bridge: Students for Innovation

Roll up your sleeves, and join WEPSA and the Bridge Design Lab for a day of brainstorming and problem solving at this interactive event, loosely modeled on a hackathon.

According to recent surveys, just four in 10 U.S. high school students are engaged with school and two thirds of students are bored every day. Some argue that this is due to an excessive focus on standardized testing at the expense of critical thinking and other 21st century skills. Others are concerned that disengaged students drop out and become disconnected not just from school, but from the workforce and successful careers.

How might educational policies, practices, organizations and technologies make high school more engaging? In this day long workshop, participants will explore the role of relationships, support environments, and creative stimulation in engaging students while working together in interdisciplinary teams following a facilitated design thinking process. Experts from Match Education, the NYC Department of Education Office of Innovation, the Future Project, Knowre and more will help provide inspiration; the ultimate experts on high school, current students themselves will also join teams as participants in the team design process.

04/12/2013 Language Matters: A Workshop on Public Service, Identity, and How we use Language

Language Matters: A Workshop on Public Service, Identity, and How we use Language
Presented by the Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), the Association of Latinas and Allies in Public Service (ALAS), the Black Student Association (BSA), the Wagner Women's Caucus (WWC), and the Wagner International Student Society (WISS)

Language matters. This workshop will engage participants to think critically around issues of identity and language within the context of their public service careers. The workshop will draw direct links between language and its impact on public work and provide tools for students to sustain these discussions and thoughts post-workshop.

04/12/2013 Conference Closing Remarks

Conference Closing Remarks
Scott Fritzen, Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) and Visiting Professor of NYU Wagner

04/12/2013 Conversations and Coffee

Conversations and Coffee
Conference attendees engage with speakers, reflecting on the day's conversations.

04/12/2013 Afternoon Breakout Session: How We Can Incentivize Innovations in Development?

Afternoon Breakout Session: Incentivizing Innovation
Speaker from Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, a project of Concern Worldwide

04/12/2013 Afternoon Breakout Session: Innovations in Philanthropy

Afternoon Breakout Session: Innovations in Philanthropy
Panelists include Katie Bisbee, Chief Marketing Officer at Donors Choose and a representative from the Global Impact Investing Network

04/12/2013 Afternoon Breakout Session: Innovations in Urban Planning

Afternoon Breakout Session: Innovations in Urban Planning: Luring Governments into Transparency using Data Visualization\
Tanja Maleska, Director of Policy and Strategy at Reactor Research in Action

04/12/2013 Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker
Scott Taitel, Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative

04/12/2013 Lunch


04/12/2013 Transforming Failure: Turning Mistakes into Innovation, from Local to Global

Panel Discussion
Transforming Failure: Turning Mistakes into Innovation, from Local to Global

Ashley Good, Founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders
Bob Giloth, Author and the Vice President of Annie E Casey Foundation Community and Economics Opportunity Center
Dr. Elke Zuern, Professor, Sarah Lawrence College
Lee Hsienja, Small Knot
Marilyn Darling, Founder of Fourth Quadrant and Developer of Emergent Learning Toolkit
Moderator: John Gershman, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service

04/12/2013 Morning Breakout Session: Smart Solutions for Small Agriculture

Morning Breakout Session: Smart Solutions for Small Agriculture
Barrett Prinz from One Acre Fund

04/12/2013 Morning Breakout Groups: Utilizing Mobile Banking

Morning Breakout Session: Utilizing Mobile Banking
William Jack, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Georgetown University
Jenny C. Aker, Assistant Professor of Economics at Department of Economics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

04/12/2013 Morning Breakout Session: Digitizing Healthcare

Morning Breakout Session: Digitizing Healthcare
Nicole Dionne, Program Manager at Hôpital Albert Schweitze

04/12/2013 Opening Remarks: Innovations in International Development

9:30 am Opening Remarks
Natalie Privett, Assistant Professor of Management and Policy at NYU Wagner

9:40 am Humanitarian Work Psychology: A New Direction for I/O Psychology
Mary O'Neill Berry, Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology

9:50 am How Technology Can Make Government Better
Beth Noveck, Director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011)

10:00 am A Few Words on Educational Technology
Jim Teicher, Director of CyberSmart Africa

04/11/2013 Parish Hall Tasting Party

Parish Hall Tasting Party
Presented by the Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA)

Join fellow Wagnerds, Foodsters, and Advocates alike for an evening of conversation, cocktails, and more. The Wagner Food Policy Alliance is pleased to partner with a Brooklyn pioneer, Parish Hall for what promises to be a delicious evening. Wagner Alum, Suzanne Zuppello is the Operations Manager at this locally-sourced saloon and has special specials to match your grad student budget, with your discerning foodie palate all while supporting local suppliers in a sustainable way.

If that's not enough to make you RSVP immediately, check out some of the tantalizing photos and read about the Parish Hall food mission here: parishhall.net

Wait, did we mention it's actually in Brooklyn? Only a 20 minute trip from the Puck building! Hope you will join us!

04/11/2013 NYU Cogeneration Plant Tour

NYU Cogeneration Plant Tour
Presented by Wagner Environmental Policy and Action (WEPA)

Heat, light, power... they are the necessary evils of daily life. Even those of us who love the earth best, would have a hard time forgoing a smart phone and hot showers. Universities take a lot of power to run, and NYU's new combined heat and power (CHP) plant provides high temperature hot water to 40 NYU buildings and also provides electrical power to an additional 18 to 20 NYU buildings. Because of its high energy efficiencies the CHP plant provides a 75% decrease of regulated pollutants, and a decrease of over 5,000 tons of greenhouse pollutants annually, than both the former plant and the local utility.

The new CHP Electrical plant is located under the plaza along the west side of Mercer Street between West 3rd Street and West 4th Street. The plaza was re-designed using a collaborative and open process to be a more inviting, usable, and visibly pleasing space.

On Thursday, April 11th at 3pm, come tour the CHP plant with WEPA! We'll be burrowing beneath the gross NYC streets to see a true modern marvel. The Roman aqueducts have nothing on this, probably. We'll meet in the lobby of Warren Weaver Hall (the Courant Institute) on Mercer St.

04/11/2013 WFPA: Career Chat with One Acre Fund

Career Chat with One Acre Fund
Presented by Wagner Food Policy Alliance

Interested in a career in sustainable agricultural development? Come learn what it's like to work directly with smallholder farmers in East Africa with Barrett Prinz, Global Director of Human Resources and Legal for One Acre Fund. Launched in 2006, One Acre Fund works against persistent hunger and food security by working with small farmers in high-need regions in order to boost crop yields and create lasting models for economic development, food security and improved nutrition. As an organization, One Acre Fund has grown rapidly since its inception and hopes to expand beyond Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya into new countries and regions in order to meets its mission of serving millions of farmers. One Acre Fund is currently hiring for a number of positions, including New Country Scout, M&E Associate, Finance Analyst and many more. During this one hour session participants will have a chance to learn about the One Acre Fund model, what it's like to work for the organization and the nature of the recruiting process, with ample time allotted for Q&A.