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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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Belkissa and students present during the event

MPA Student Leads Heritage Trip to West Africa with NYC High School Students

March 20, 2019
On March 19, Belkissa Doumbia (MPA '18) and students Adela Jhonson and T’Erica Johnson presented a slideshow and panel discussion about their educational journey to Cote D'Ivoire.  Doumbia, a Cote D'Ivoire native, organized and led the trip last year as part of the Powell Graduate Fellowship, a year-long program for graduate students in the Powell School to develop leadership skills and address urgent public problems facing African American communities. Read More »
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Dr. Adriana Espinosa presenting

“We Are Giving a Voice to People Who Did Not Have a Voice Before.” Interview with MPA Scholar-in-Residence, Part 2

March 13, 2019
Dr. Adriana Espinosa discusses how MPA students can create social change by integrating engaged, interdisciplinary research into their public service work. Read More »
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Open Data for Social Impact

Open Data for Social Impact

March 06, 2019
On March 5, the MPA Program hosted a workshop on how to use the NYC Open Data Portal to address public issues.  The instructor, data specialist Cassie Dewitt, introduced participants to the portal and guided them through the process of retrieving, downloading, and cleaning data sets. Dewitt then demonstrated how to use the built-in mapping tool to create a heat map and other visualizations to illustrate public problems.     Read More »
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Professor Adriana Espinosa

“Microaggressions Are Ubiquitous. MPA Students Can and Should Break the Cycle.” Interview with MPA Scholar-in-Residence, Part 1

March 05, 2019
Dr. Adriana Espinosa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at CCNY and scholar-in-residence at the MPA Program, discusses gender and racial disparities in STEM professions, microaggressions and other gendered language in the workplace, and how this relates to MPA students’ careers as social impact managers. Read More »
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Yaritza internship story

“Do I Really Belong Here?” Confronting Impostor Syndrome as an Intern on Capitol Hill

January 08, 2019
Although highly qualified for her summer internship in Washington, Yaritza Holguin felt a lingering doubt about whether she belonged – a deep unease aggravated by the frequent acts of racism and anti-immigrant bias she and her colleagues encountered on Capitol Hill. In this story, Yaritza tells how she coped with this feeling, known as impostor syndrome, by connecting with others who she identified with, seeking advice from women leaders she admired, and practicing self-affirmation. Read More »
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Social innovation projects

MPA Social Innovation Fellows Focus on School Inequality, Child Marriage, and Postpartum Depression

January 04, 2019
“What if we ignite the communities that are the most invested in and affected by the failing schools - to identify the leaders, and give them the opportunity to tell us what it is they need?” - Lorena Camacho, 2018 Social Innovation Fellow Posterboards with detailed policy analysis, charts, and infographics covered the walls of the MPA office over the past month. Read More »
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Older Vera internship story

Social Justice Is a Long-Term Struggle: Finding Hope amidst the Negative News Cycle

January 02, 2019
Older Vera is a skilled data analyst and experienced teacher with a passion for making education systems work for all students. He joined the MPA program to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to create policy research that will bring real changes in education policy. His summer internship taught him how to overcome the negativity of the current news cycle and find hope in the inspiring work of the advocates at Public Citizen. Read More »


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