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.

Sponsored by the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner and the Center for Popular Democracy

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012
                   The Rudin Family Forum For Civic

Congratulations to four NYU Wagner students for winning the third annual National Invitational Public Policy Challenge hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and Governing Magazine.

The winners – Grace Boone, Ruchi Hazaray, Jose Renato Navarrete Perez, and Ran Qin – outshined teams from 11 other U.S. public policy schools with a professional-grade plan called “Latch” to create safe and sanitary community places in New York City where moms can nurse their newborns.

This was the second time an exemplary team of MPA students from the Robert F

Wagner's Co-Founder Sonia Ospina writes regularly for The New York Times in Leadership column. The column is designed to give teachers, scholars, practitioners and students opportunities to connect leadership concepts to real-world examples. Through news articles, discussion questions, reading lists, video conferences, among other resources, you will expand your understanding of how leadership works in the 21st century. 

Please read Sonia's latest contribution

And in upcoming

Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley’s The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work investigates a stubborn American phenomenon: The taboo nature of race in our work places – and how to transcend it.

Just published by the Russell Sage Foundation, The Color Bind was the focus of a well-attended dialogue held at NYU Wagner on Feb. 26. The conversation included the co-authors as well as Melody Barnes, Senior Fellow at NYU Wagner and Vice Provost

Dear Friends,  

RCLA celebrates our 10th anniversary this year! We are gratified to see a greater emphasis on the collective, not just individual, dimensions of leadership in academia, public service organizations and societal discourse more broadly. At the same time, what it means to actually embrace and enact collective leadership is still nebulous – which suggests we still have much work to do.  

As part of this effort, RCLA has clarified its purpose. Going forward, RCLA’s goal will be to “build leadership that makes democracy work.” By