Student, Faculty, and Alumni Stories

February 22, 2018

The MPA Program, with generous support from the Charles Rangel Center, hosted a 1.5-hour evening workshop on how to build a professional network. The workshop was led by Marcos Salazar, founder of Be Social Change, one of New York City's largest networks of social impact professionals. Marcos's workshop taught MPA students and alumni how to go beyond the superficial exchange of business cards and build mutually beneficial relationships with people whose interests, values, and projects align with their social impact goals. Students and alumni in attendance explored their own… Read More »
February 06, 2018

After graduating from the MPA Program in 2015, Kieshorne Dennie combined his legal studies background with his training in public administration to land a job at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Driven by his passion for criminal justice issues, Kieshorne has applied his skills in quantitative research, grant management, and policy evaluation to a variety of policy initiatives and other projects. He recently won admission to one of his top choice law schools and is preparing to increase his impact on criminal justice policy in the years to come. While an MPA student,… Read More »
January 24, 2018

While earning his MPA and working full-time in city government, second-year student Jashawn Frederick organized a GoFundMe campaign to help underprivileged children of color in the Bronx see Marvel's Black Panther movie. "With the strong belief in the power of positive representation, the goal of this campaign is to help black and brown children see themselves on the big screen," Jashawn said. Visit the GoFundMe campaign. 
January 15, 2018

Steven Molinari, a current MPA student, won a competitive paid internship as a policy analyst in the State Assembly. He will spend his final spring semester working to make state education policy more inclusive of people with disabilities, while gaining an insider's view of state policymaking and participating in a semester-long policy seminar. Before applying, Steven gained experience as an intern at the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, DC and at the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, with scholarship and housing support from the Charles B. Rangel… Read More »
April 06, 2017

Social impact bonds, water fund, and private-public partnership under consideration to address deforestation, storm runoff, and other impacts of climate change. Public administration master’s degree students Abubakar Usman, Elizabeth Sowunmi, and Nikita Voevodin are working with The Nature Conservancy and the City of Hudson, New York to identify community resources most at risk from climate change. The work, under the direction of Professor Brett Whysel, will also consider financing strategies for conservation projects. MPA students are also leading efforts to develop a summer… Read More »
March 07, 2017

Irene Castro, MPA 2012, was selected for the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program. She will spend the summer working with the Honorable Joanne Quinones in the NYC Criminal Court in Borough Hall. She also earned a fellowship in racial and social justice.  She currently studies law at the Cuny School of Law.As a student, Irene interned with the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, DC with scholarship and housing support from the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service. In 2012, she was named one of the City College of New York's "Great Grads… Read More »
February 08, 2017

The Charles B. Rangel Center along with the Cohen Library's Archives and Special Collections Division have mounted an exhibit of Congressional documents and papers associated with the founding of the Congressional Black Caucus and the creation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The material is from the Charles B. Rangel Archives at the City College of New York. In an era of post-truth politics and "alternative" facts, this type of exhibit reminds us of the importance of preserving primary source material for posterity,” said Mark Musell, Director of the Charles B. Rangel… Read More »
January 14, 2017

The MPA program and the Zahn Center for Innovation of the City College Fund announced in February a new cirriculum track in social entrepreneurship and innovation for master's degree students. Participants will complete graduate courses, mentor with some of the most innovative social enterprises in New York City, and compete in the Zahn Center's annual innovation competitions. They will also earn scholarships provided with generous support from the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service. The MPA program appointed its first four social innovation fellows in January.    
November 10, 2016

In commemoration of having awarded our 100th master's degree last May, the staff and faculty decided to offer a glimpse of how far the MPA program has come. The results are summarized in the figure to the right.  From a rocky start, together we have created a program that boasts graduates who work at the White House, the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Harlem Children's Zone, and the City University of New York. They support public service ranging from health and education, to law enforcement and transportation. It took a great deal of help to… Read More »
October 25, 2016

At a briefing held October 17th at the City College of New York, Jason Furman, President Obama’s Chief Economic Adviser, reported that the incomes of average Americans rose by 5.2 percent in 2015. “That is the largest growth in income since the 1960s,” he said.  Dr. Furman went on to outline some of the challenges the next administration will face, including the continuing disparities in wealth and incomes. Dr. Furman, appointed by President Obama in 2013, spoke to an overflow crowd of students, faculty, and staff in City College’s Shepard Hall. The event was hosted by the… Read More »
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