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“It Felt So Wrong That What Started as Propaganda Became History” – Rob Bentlyewski (MPA ’19) on Rectifying the History of a NJ Factory Town

June 14, 2019
While doing research for a class project, Rob Bentlyewski (MPA ‘19) stumbled upon a shocking story about the origins of Victory Gardens, NJ - a story omitted from the history books. With support from the MPA Changemaker Scholarship and the Colin Powell Graduate Fellowship, Bentlyewski unearthed the true history of this factory town that played a crucial role in the US World War II effort. His research is the first known effort at historical rectification since Victory Gardens was founded seven decades ago. Read More »
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Janet Kyle teaches strategic human resources management

“Motivated People Can Do A Lot without Money, but Money without People Won’t Do Anything” – Professor Janet Kyle on Principles of Managing People

June 06, 2019
After decades of experience managing people across diverse industries in numerous countries, Professor Janet Kyle urges her students never to forget the importance of bringing out every individual’s talents in pursuit of a common mission. Read More »
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Changemaker Scholarship Projects

Information Is a Powerful Tool for Social Change, Say Changemaker Scholars

May 23, 2019
Accurate, in-depth, and widely accessible information is vital for increasing access to housing, education, health care, voting, local history, and nonprofit development. That was the unifying theme that the MPA Changemaker Scholars discovered in their recent end-of-semester roundtable discussion. Read More »
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Student Team Creates Program to Prevent Substance Misuse, Improve Stress Management at CCNY

May 17, 2019
A team of ten MPA students spent the spring semester developing an evidence-based proposal to prevent substance misuse and improve stress management among CCNY students. The team pitched the proposal this week to a panel of judges, among them Colin Powell School Dean Andrew Rich and Psychology Department Chair Robert Melara. The audience included MPA students, faculty members, and community partners. Read More »
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Nory Pouncil

"Because I've Been There" - Nory Pouncil (MPA ’14) on Helping Women Get Unstuck

May 08, 2019
After graduating from the MPA Program in 2014, Nory Pouncil built a successful career as a communications director in Washington, D.C. – but something was missing. Nory decided to follow her inner voice, leave that career path, and start a project to help women live healthily and love themselves. Here Nory discusses her journey as the founder of The Get Unstuck Coaching Program. Read More »
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Using Linkedin for Career Development

May 06, 2019
On April 30, the MPA Program hosted a workshop to help students learn how to use Linkedin to present themselves professionally, find career opportunities, and expand their professional networks.  Read More »
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How Explicit and Implicit Biases Can Hurt Workplace Diversity and What Public Managers Can Do About It

April 29, 2019
Dr. Adriana Espinosa, the scholar-in-residence at the MPA Program, outlines numerous studies showing how gender bias and racial bias influence hiring, promotion, and the psychological environment of the workplace - and what this means for aspiring public managers.      A diverse workplace fosters innovation, improves performance, and heightens creativity. Read More »
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Interview with Daniela de la Puente

“Innovation can become a meeting point between governments and society” - Interview with Daniela de la Puente (MPA ’18)

April 18, 2019
Daniela de la Puente joined the MPA Program as an international student from Peru. While earning her MPA, she interned at the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations. She currently works as a consultant for the Innóvate Perú program at the Ministry of Production and teaches Cultural Policy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. In addition to her MPA degree from CCNY, she holds a Master's Degree in Cultural Management from the University of Barcelona. Read More »
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New Faculty Bring Firsthand Experience into the Classroom

Learning from Experts in the Field

April 15, 2019
New MPA Faculty Bring Firsthand Knowledge, Hands-on Experience into the Classroom This spring, MPA students are taking a public budgeting course taught by a veteran analyst from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). They are also developing critical thinking skills with an instructor who works as a global intelligence analyst, and they are learning strategic management from the co-founder of a social impact consulting firm. Read More »
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Belkissa and students in Cote D'Ivoire

“We Need to Go There and See the Realities for Ourselves” Interview with Belkissa Doumbia (MPA ’18)

March 25, 2019
Belkissa Doumbia did something remarkable during her time in the MPA Program: she used her Powell Graduate Fellowship to bring three NYC students of African descent to her home country of Côte d’Ivoire. The purpose was to see beyond media images of Africa, to  perform community service, and to forge a deep connection beyond borders. The students dubbed it “The Trip of the Truth”. In this interview, Belkissa describes the project and its impact on the students, Cherika Ferguson of CCNY and Adela Jhonson and T’Erica Johnson of Bronx Regional High School. Read More »

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