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Colin Powell School adjunct Rafal Szczurowski receives top UN Fellowship

Rafal Szczurowski
Rafal Szczurowski, recipient of a 2016 United Nations Alliance of Civilization fellowship.

Rafal Szczurowski, an adjunct instructor in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York is one of 24 recipients globally of 2016 United Nations Alliance of Civilization fellowships.  The program promotes intercultural understanding by engaging emerging civil society leaders from Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa. 

Szczurowski and the other UNAOC fellows from Europe and North America will travel to Spain, Morocco, Egypt and Qatar in November to study the culture, politics, society, religion and media in those nations in order to deconstruct stereotypes and challenge perceptions. They will develop cross-cultural partnerships bridging divides between peoples from different faiths and backgrounds.

As a student development specialist, Szczurowski will also engage in UNAOC activities and discussions related to the theme: “Education as a tool for the prevention of radicalization and xenophobia.” The topic has been selected to assure that the project has a concrete impact on the ground.

UNAOC was established in 2005 as the political initiative of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

 Szczurowski, who teaches international studies, oversees the Powell School’s Model UN Program. During his tenure as faculty advisor, the CCNY team has exceled in recent National Model UN conferences.  

In addition, Szczurowski heads CCNY’s United Nations affiliated NGO and represented CUNY at the UN DPI/NGO Conference in Korea this year.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; School of Education; Grove School of Engineering; Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine; and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.


Jay Mwamba