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February 27 Red Letter Day for CCNY’s Colin Powell School

Don Meichenbaum, founder of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, speaks at a "Conversations with City" event 8 a.m. Thursday, February 27, at the University Club.
David Marwell, director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 27, in Room 558, Shepard Hall, as part of the CCNY Human Rights Forum lecture series.

Public invited to ’Meet the Dean‘ reception, groundbreaking talks, tours and insider’s view during ’A Day with the Colin Powell School at City College’

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is hosting “A Day with the Colin Powell School at City College”event Thursday, February 27. The day will:

  • Introduce the school’s first permanent dean, Vince Boudreau;
  • Showcase the remarkable work of the school’s departments and programs, and
  • Present new initiatives associated with the school’s founding.

“Since the Colin Powell School’s inauguration in May 2013, we have been intensively focused on creating frameworks to foster conversations on vital issues, introduce our remarkable faculty and students to new audiences, and implement our ambitious vision for the Colin Powell School,” Dean Boudreau remarked. “We see February 27 as an excellent way to offer New Yorkers a chance to see what motivates us every day.”

Bookending the day are two “can’t-be-missed” discussions.

At 8 a.m., the Colin Powell School’s "Conversations with City" breakfast series at the University Club presents Dr. Don Meichenbaum, founder of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment. His talk, “How to Bolster Resilience in High-Risk Children and Families: Ways to Close the Inequality Gap,” is timed with the release of a new Melissa Institute study on resilience.

Dr. Meichenbaum, a City College alumnus, and one of the founders of cognitive-behavioral therapy, was named one of the profession’s 10 most influential psychologists in an “American Psychologist” survey of clinicians.

The University Club is located at One W. 54th Street, Manhattan (Transportation will be available after the event to City College.)

At 6:30 p.m., the CCNY Human Rights Forum Series presents David Marwell, director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Dr. Marwell was deeply involved in the search for Josef Mengele and other Nazi war criminals as chief of investigative research at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Investigations.

His talk, located in Room 558, Shepard Hall, on the City College campus, will take participants behind the scenes of one of the largest and most complex historical and forensic investigations ever undertaken. It will include newly declassified, and previously unknown photographs and documents.

The CCNY Human Rights Forum is a collaboration among the Colin Powell School, the Division of Humanities and the Arts, and the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education.

At 4:30 p.m., visitors are invited to a "Meet the Dean" reception in CCNY’s Great Hall, (in the neo-gothic Shepard Hall.) Vince Boudreau was named the Colin Powell School’s first permanent dean December 31, and this reception will provide a glimpse of his plans for the school as well as an introduction to its departments and programs.

The day also includes lunch, campus tours and opportunities to speak with Dean Boudreau, students, and staff, including the directors of the Colin Powell School’s new Office of Student Success and Office of Community Engagement.

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To RSVP for any of the day’s events, please email

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 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, 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.

About the Colin Powell School 
Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women’s Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College’s unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.

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