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A Letter from Gen. Colin L. Powell

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

A Letter from Gen. Colin L. Powell

Dear friends and supporters, Gen. Colin L. Powell
 
Welcome to a new year of activity at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership—the second since our inauguration in 2013. We spent the summer planning our next steps and building new programs, and I’m proud to share these projects with you in this newsletter. 
 
There’s a lot happening. We’ll soon be adding an internship specialist to the staff of our Office of Student Success and an alumni coordinator to the Office of Institutional Advancement. We’re expanding efforts to give every student the opportunity to augment their classroom learning with a professional or service experience. Our Semester in Washington, D.C. program, piloted last year and made possible by support from the MCJ Amelior Foundation, is already recruiting students for the Spring 2015 semester. In the coming weeks, we’ll begin renovating the CCNY Alumni House, where our engaged scholarship and service-learning programs will reside. New partnerships—including one with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs—enliven an expanded public events schedule; we’ll continue our "Conversations With City" breakfast talks and our Human Rights Forum. And, of course, we have a new batch of over 100 students in the various leadership and service programs, including the Koch, Partners for Change, Skadden Arps, and Community Engagement fellowships.  
 
This was also the first year that our expanded Office of Student Success managed a new process for meeting Colin Powell School students on day one, directing them along paths designed to enhance student leadership and success. It’s an important step for us, because embedding students in departments, in clubs, and in social and academic networks from the outset does wonders for young men and women. When I was a student, discovering the Army ROTC grounded me in campus life at City College and gave me direction and stability. Today, our programming is geared toward finding similar ways to ground and support each of the 2,500 students studying at the Colin Powell School.  
 
The new year is rife with new opportunities. On behalf of the Colin Powell School’s Board of Visitors, allow me to express my gratitude for your interest, and invite you to learn more about our work. You should expect a copy of this newsletter every two months, and can connect to us more frequently via our various social media outlets and our blog.  
 
Sincerely,  
 
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Gen. Colin L. Powell
Chair, Board of Visitors
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership