MPA Blog

June 02, 2021


The recipients of the Spring 2021 Changemaker Scholarship, Ameera Badamasi and Tiarra Dickens, created projects that aim to destigmatize menstrual education in Ghana and promote women-led community organizing for environmental justice in Nigeria.   The two scholars worked separately but were driven by a common desire to empower African women experiencing marginalization and threats to their human rights. Badamasi developed Muhalli Na (My Environment), a sustainability project that focuses on community waste management within low-income neighborhoods in Kano, a state in northern… Read More »
May 07, 2021


Last week, the MPA Program hosted a public event titled Community Power and Economic Democracy: Building a New Model for Social Justice Leadership.  The event featured a conversation between Bobby Derival, the executive director of the MPA Program, and Michael Partis, the executive director of the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative. The two leaders explored how leadership development programs can support social movements working to deepen democratic structures and disrupt inequality through community ownership and self-… Read More »
April 06, 2021


On April 5, the MPA Program hosted a presentation and discussion led by alumna Eden Mulate (MPA ’18) titled Race Conscious Data Work: How Our Work Benefits from a Racially Aware Approach to Data. The topic grew out of the intersection of Mulate’s work as a racial justice advocate and her career as an analyst at the NYC Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Mulate's presentation opened with an analysis of the historical stages of systems of racist oppression in the United States. It subsequently displayed data illustrating… Read More »
March 24, 2021


This week the MPA Program hosted a workshop led by Julbert Abraham, an experienced consultant who teaches organizations and individuals to optimize their use of Linkedin. Abraham, known as "The Linkedin Guy", began the workshop by surveying the students on the frequency, purpose, and nature of their use of the online professional networking platform. Abraham then taught students how to build compelling and complete profiles, and he offered live analysis and feedback on several participants' profiles. The workshop also covered… Read More »
February 24, 2021


Connecting to the community is one of the four pillars of the MPA program's work. This week, Executive Director Bobby Derival spoke on WHCR 90.3 FM Radio, The Voice of Harlem, as a featured guest on the program From City to the World hosted by CCNY President Vincent Boudreau. Derival engaged in a dialogue with President Boudreau and Clayton Banks, the co-founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem. In the context of Black History Month, the three leaders discussed the disparity in access to technology, educational opportunity, and public… Read More »
January 19, 2021


MPA students Stanley Azuakola, Destini Hornbuckle, Tarik Fathallah, and Kanto Rasedoara completed projects in the fall semester aimed at solving issues related to poverty and inequality in the US and globally.  The projects marked the culmination of the year-long Social Innovation Fellowship offered by the MPA Program, which provided the fellows with two semesters of financial support as well as ongoing mentorship by Professor Fatima Ashraf, a long-time MPA faculty member.  Creating Policies for a Future Workplace that Leaves… Read More »
November 18, 2020


In the MPA Program’s Fall 2020 Workshop Series, students developed their personal narratives, identified their strengths, and explored their potential roles in the social change ecosystem. The three virtual workshops aimed to help students take ownership of their professional paths and gain clarity about their core motives and values as they engage civically and build public service careers.   Another goal was to create a space for students to build professional relationships with each other. This is a key objective of the MPA… Read More »
September 13, 2020


Born in Côte d'Ivoire and raised in the U.S., Chukwudi Onike grew up with a keen awareness of global issues and an aspiration for a career in International Development.  To achieve this end, Onike enrolled at the City College of New York (CCNY) to earn a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. While completing his degree, he was selected as a Public Policy Fellow at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. He also completed an internship at the Roosevelt Institute and became a prolific student leader, participating in the… Read More »
July 03, 2020


This year’s Pride Month was perhaps like no other. Amidst a pandemic and economic crisis, Pride crossed paths with a nation-wide uprising for racial justice, monumental decisions by the Supreme Court on DACA and LGBTQ workplace protections, and a primary election that shook up establishment politics. In the conversation below, three activists from the MPA Program – Kalima Mckenzie-Simms, Antonio Lopez, and Patrick Koslecki (pictured above, left to right) – discuss Pride, its intersections with Black Lives Matter and immigrant… Read More »
June 16, 2020


Last week, MPA Executive Director Bobby Derival moderated a crucial conversation about the racial violence and systemic injustices that sparked the recent torrent of public protest. The event was titled Uprising in Context: The Struggle for Racial Justice in the United States. Amidst pandemic and protest, with crises striking our public health and civic institutions, more than 300 CCNY students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the Harlem community gathered for the timely and highly relevant discussion.  Panelists offered… Read More »
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