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05/03/2013 Sustainable Sweets: A Conversation with Fair Trade Cocoa Farmers & Oikocredit

Sustainable Sweets: A Conversation with Fair Trade Cocoa Farmers & Oikocredit

Join Divine Chocolate, the Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA), the International Public Service Association (IPSA), and Oikocredit USA in a presentation and discussion with members of the Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Cooperative.

Ghana is the world's second largest producer of cocoa after Ivory Coast and cocoa is its largest agricultural export. Kuapa Kokoo is a cocoa farmers' cooperative founded in 1993 and now represents over 65,000 cocoa farmer households. It is the major fair trade farmers cooperative in cocoa and in 1998, Kuapa Kokoo, in partnership with other organizations, formed its own marketing organization, Divine Chocolate, which markets fair trade chocolate products worldwide. Established first in the UK, its subsidiary Divine Chocolate-USA was established in 2007, and the cooperative owns nearly half of the company . Since its founding, Kuapa Kokoo has enforced gender quotas for representation at all levels of governance.

Come and hear directly from two cocoa farmers and leading members of the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative. Additionally, someone from Oikocredit USA, a worldwide financial cooperative, will speak about its partnership with Kuapa Kokoo, which enables sustainable agriculture and income generation through microcredit.

Divine Chocolate and wine will be served.

05/03/2013 Wagner Philanthropy Conference 2013

Wagner Philanthropy Conference 2013

At Wagner Philanthropy's inaugural conference, attendees will analyze the role of philanthropy in a wide range of sectors, develop concrete grantmaking and fundraising skills, explore potential career paths, and build a community committed to a common interest in philanthropy. This conference is for students at NYU Wagner, NYU and universities in New York City who are interested in philanthropy; early-to-mid career fundraising and grantmaking professionals; and students of other disciplines interested in how philanthropy will impact the policies, management and financial health of their careers and fields of interests.

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05/02/2013 IPSA's 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show

IPSA's 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show

NYU Wagner’s International Public Service Association is excited to partner with the NYC Fair Trade Coalition to bring local fashion designers who adhere to Fair trade business practices in their production of clothing, jewelry and accessories. Come and learn about these amazing designers, vendors, and watch Wagner students strut their inner model down the runway! Join us for a night of fair trade fashion, food, shopping and fun!

Fair trade is a system of exchange that ensures livable wages to the workers, safe working conditions, and employing environmentally sound company practices. Typically when we think of ‘fair trade’ practices, agricultural products from bananas to coffee come to mind, but fair trade is not just about food. Everything from the clothes we wear to the pens we write with have impacts on the workers who make them.

Designers featured: Mccoll&Clan, Tori Famuyiwa, ReciclaGEM and Reborn.
Vendors featured: Nuts+Nuts, Pokuasi, Kopali Organics, Retalhos Cariocas, Urban Mano Maya, Mushmina, Work Shelter and The Lotus Oddesy, Tout le Monde, Divine Chocolate, Runa Tea, Marquet, Global Goods Partners, and Handcraft Justice, among others.   
04/29/2013 The Castle II: An Evening with The Fortune Society

The Castle II: An Evening with The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service present a production of the off-Broadway show Variety Magazine calls "profoundly eloquent."

The Castle II tells the story of four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers, with a total of 60 years of incarceration. Conceived and directed by Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg, and performed by those who lived the stories, these individuals share their stunningly raw journeys through crime, privation and redemption, all tied together by their shared time at The Fortune Society's flagship residential facility in Harlem, The Fortune Academy (a.k.a. "The Castle").

After the show, join us for a cocktail hour and an open dialogue about the work Fortune Society is doing to help Open the Door for individuals re-entering society.

About The Fortune Society
The Fortune Society is a nationally renowned prisoner re-entry support organization founded in New York City in 1969.  Its mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.

Fortune Society serves more than 3,000 men and women annually through programs including Alternatives to Incarceration, drop-in services, employment and training services, education, family and health services, housing options and substance abuse treatment.

Co-sponsored by Students for Criminal Justice Reform

04/24/2013 ASPA Career Panel, Board Meeting and Professional Networking

American Society for Public Administration Career Panel, Board Meeting, and Professional Networking
Presented by Wagner Management and Leadership Organization

Join WMLO and the NY Metro chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for a career panel featuring local professionals followed by an ASPA board meeting and networking event. The career panel will feature ASPA members' diverse professions in NY and the role their ASPA membership has played. The panel will be followed by the monthly ASPA board meeting and networking with local members. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about ASPA and engage with accomplished professionals.

Panelists include:
- Patricia M. Araujo, Federal  Mediator, U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York District Office
- William Ciaccio, Senior Director, Metropolitan Transit Authority New York City Transit
- Sheila Johnson, ASPA President, New York Metropolitan Chapter; Associate, Morgan Stanley; and Adjunct Lecturer of Public Administration, City University of New York 
- Carla Lewis-Irizarry, Brooklyn College Adjunct Lecturer, State Council Member, NYS Independent Living Council
- Jonathan Vega, Supervising Investigator, New York City Department of Buildings and ASPA Board Member New York Metropolitan Chapter

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is a national professional organization dedicated to better government and excellence in the public service. Established in 1939, ASPA is the largest and most prominent professional association in the field of public administration with a diverse membership of more than 10,000 practitioners, academicians and students.

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04/22/2013 Public Forum: Housing and Hurricane Sandy
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: 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 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 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