CCNY’s Colin Powell School introduces first cohort of College Advancement Leaders Fellows

The City College of New York’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership has announced its College Advancement Leaders Fellowship program with the naming of its inaugural cohort of Fellows.

The program, established in partnership with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), aims to prepare Colin Powell School seniors for the CASE Advancement Internship Program , which was launched more than a decade ago to increase diverse perspectives in the higher education advancement profession, which includes the disciplines of alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services -- the data and analysis functions upon which successful advancement programs rely.

The advancement profession is projected to grow by 14.3 percent in the next ten years, according to Data USA, a free platform that provides government data to the public.

“The College Advancement Leaders Fellowship is a novel partnership with CASE, the global association for the profession of educational advancement, and it represents an opportunity for us to position Colin Powell School graduates for careers in a sector where they can put their training as social scientists to work for the benefit of higher education,” said Andrew Rich, the Richard J. Henley and Susan L. Davis Dean of the Colin Powell School. “This program provides fellows with a bridge from what they learn in the classroom to exposure to a field that they may not have otherwise considered. My sincere thanks to CASE for partnering with us on this new program.”

The cohort of 10 graduating seniors reflects the racial, ethnic, geographic and academic diversity of CCNY. The Fellows, and their majors, are:

  • Marina Margret Bond (Psychology and Studio Art);
  • Jahiem Ray Carridice (Economics);
  • Jordan Cheung (Economics);
  • Maria Ximena Diaz (Psychology);
  • Camila Guerrero (Psychology);
  • Nafisa Hamim (Psychology);
  • Miguel Johnson (Political Science);
  • Linda X Li (Business Administration and Management);
  • Amber Naa-lamle Smith (Psychology); and
  • Lhakpa Sherpa (Psychology).

During the Spring 2024 semester, the Fellows will receive training and preparation for the summer CASE Advancement Internship from the staff of the Colin Powell School’s Public Service Career Hub. This will include site visits and meetings with prominent CASE Internship Program alumni who went on to launch successful careers in college advancement, along with ongoing job search support. 

“The CASE Advancement Internship program serves as a springboard into a meaningful career in educational advancement,” said CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham. “This new partnership with the Colin Powell School enables the program to reach a broader and even more diverse group of new professionals who will gain valuable work experience for a fulfilling career. CASE’s global presence ensures a worldwide network of career opportunities in a broad expanse of job opportunities and functions, and we are pleased to be working with CCNY and the Colin Powell School on this very special initiative.” 

About CASE
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the global nonprofit association dedicated to educational advancement professionals—in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services—who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society.

To fulfill their missions and to meet both individual and societal needs, colleges, universities and independent schools rely on and therefore must foster the goodwill, active involvement, informed advocacy and enduring support of alumni, donors, prospective students, parents, government officials, community leaders, corporate executives, foundation officers, and other external constituencies.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with all of these constituencies in a number of ways.

About the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
Established in April 2013, the Colin Powell School is home to the social science departments at CCNY as well as the core leadership development and public service programs of the College. With almost 4,000 students, and graduating the most CCNY students annually, the Colin Powell School mission is to transform the nation’s most diverse student body into tomorrow’s global leaders. Half of our students are immigrants; more than seventy percent are first-generation college students. Eighty percent are people of color. Most come from lower income backgrounds. The Colin Powell School and City College remain among the most effective engines of economic and social mobility in the United States. The School is led by a faculty dedicated to the highest standards of research and to the university’s democratic and public obligations. Read more about the Colin Powell School.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. Education research organization Degree Choices ranks CCNY #1 nationally among universities for economic return on investment. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi (now Lightcast) puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. This year, CCNY launched its most expansive fundraising campaign, ever. The campaign, titled “Doing Remarkable Things Together” seeks to bring the College’s Foundation to more than $1 billion in total assets in support of the College mission. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Syd Steinhardt