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Master's in Public Administration

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Spring 2018 Events

May 31 | 11:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. | Great Lawn and Shepard 1 | Commencement, Reception at MPA Office
Our sincerest congratulations to the City College MPA class of 2018! Please join us for a reception and awards ceremony at the MPA office, Shepard Hall Room 1, following the commencement ceremony.

May 22 | 4:30 P.M. | Shepard 107 | Capstone Presentations
MPA students will present policy recommendations based on the results of their semester-long investigations of public health issues in NYC community districts, including the neighborhoods of Central Harlem, Lower East Side, Crown Heights, Elmhurst-Corona, and Mott Haven. Doors open for poster browsing at 4:30pm, and presentations begin at 5:15pm. RSVP

May 14 | 6:00 P.M. | Shepard 107 | Turning Truth Into Power: Journalism, Activism, and Sexuality
Join us at a panel discussion with Maaza Mengiste, Fulbright scholar and author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze; Mona Eltahawy, journalist and author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution; and Chiké Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at NYU and author of Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man. Moderated by activist and public policy specialist Fatima Ashraf. RSVP.

Mar. 12 | 7:15 P.M. | Shepard 107 | Data Mapping for Public Issues
Explore how distinct forms of data visualization can enhance your work to address social problems with guest presenter Juan Francisco Saldarriaga.

Mar. 6 | 3:00 P.M. | CCNY NAC Ballroom | Open Data for Social Impact 
Get connected to the world of open data. This workshop will begin at 4:00 P.M. and is part of the Zahn Innovation Summit, which runs from 3:00-9:00 P.M. To attend, register for the summit on Eventbrite. CCNY students with valid student ID can use the code CCNY for a full discount. The event will feature Socrata and NYC Open Data.

Feb. 21 | 7:00 P.M. | Shepard 107 | Networking with Purpose
Learn to build a network aligned with your values and goals with Marcos Salazar, co-founder of Be Social Change, a New York City-wide network of social impact professionals.

Practitioner Faculty: First-Hand Expertise in Public Service

Students in the MPA Program learn from active professionals who bring practical experience into the classroom. This allows the program to advance relevant and engaged scholarship, which is fundamental to the mission of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. With Professor Ashraf, students examine crucial public policy issues such as criminal justice and health access, drawing upon her experience as a policy advisor at the Mayor’s Office. Her current role as special advisor at Open Society Foundations enriches her course on nonprofit management.

Working for Doctors without Borders in South Sudan

Tsuneko Ito, who graduated from the MPA Program in 2017, recently joined a Doctors without Borders mission in South Sudan as a personnel development manager. She now coordinates capacity-building programs for more than 500 staff members and plans human resources strategy to ensure the mission's success. "Many things I learned in the MPA Program are coming back to me in my day-to-day work," Tsuneko recently wrote. While earning her MPA, Tsuneko interned at the United Nations Secretariat. She is an experienced international procurement manager and a former volunteer with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. She has worked in Japan, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.  

Teaching Business Skills for Innovative Social Change

Rene Aubry, who joined the MPA faculty in the fall of 2017, teaches students how to grow startup ventures that address the social issues they are most passionate about. In his course on social enterprise, students find their authentic leadership style and explore how their own story can be their guiding narrative. They learn the process of launching a venture from start to finish, from ideation to drafting and executing the business plan to measuring impact. Aubry holds both MPA and MBA/JD degrees from Harvard and Columbia, respectively. He is co-founder of Ciel Partners, a strategic business consulting company.

From the DA's Office to a Leading Law School

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, which he strengthened as an MPA student, 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.

Headed to Albany with a $15,000 Paid Internship

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 support from the MPA Program. "The MPA program has supported me along the way and trained me in practical skills I use on the job," said Steven. 

MPA Students Explore Leadership Style, Team Work, and Job Search Skills

Want to find your authentic leadership style, learn the secrets of team work, and master winning resumes? During the fall 2017 semester, the MPA Program is offering a series of workshops to help MPA students and scholarship recipients with all these skills. The workshops are part of our Changemaker Development Program, a two-year professional development curriculum that helps students align their career path with their values and gain the soft and hard skills to land jobs where they can maximize social impact.

Natalia Trujillo Promoted

The MPA program recently promoted Natalia Trujillo, MPA 2012, to the post of Deputy Director and Director of Social Innovation. In that role she will lead a new curriculum that offers aspiring leaders in the graduate program the opportunity to explore innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to societal problems.

The Master’s Program in Public Administration is partnering with The Zahn Innovation Center of the City College Fund to launch this effort. “I strongly believe that social innovation education is critical to promote long-term change and social impact,” said Natalia. “This new initiative will expose our students to a new culture, one that is characterized by creative thinkers, innovators, and passionate leaders willing to disrupt the status-quo."

Castro Wins Sotomayor Internship

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. In 2012, she was named one of the City College of New York's "Great Grads."

Innovative Finance to Confront 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 internship program for the West Harlem Development Corporation and to prepare the next generation of technology leaders for New York OnTech. Want to apply? 

MPA Students Help Preserve A Part of History:  A Black History Month Event

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 Center for Public Service.  
The exhibit was mounted as part of a two-year effort to archive, preserve, and make available to the public thousands of letters, photographs, articles, awards, speeches, and other material from Congressman Rangel’s 46-year career. The processing and preservation of the collection is under the direction of the Winthrop Group, a leading archival consulting firm that ranks among its clients the City of Seattle, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Lincoln Center, and Representative Peter Rodino. MPA student Veronica Cortez is assisting with the effort. 

Inspiring Change:  New Curriculum Track Announced

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, earn scholarships, mentor with some of the most innovative social enterprises in New York City, and compete in the Zahn Center's annual innovation competitions. The MPA program appointed its first four social innovation fellows in January, from among the master's students studying public administration.  


100 Degrees and Counting

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 get to where the program is today. On behalf of all of us here at the MPA program, many thanks. 


At CCNY, Obama's Chief Economist Reports Record US Income Growth

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 Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, the Colin Powell School’s Master’s Program in Public Administration, and the Zahn Innovation Center. (Pictured right, Dr. Jason Furman, center, with CCNY Vice President Karen Witherspoon and Master's Program Director Mark Musell)

Students at the White House

MPA students Abubakar Usman (far left) and Asshur Cunningham (far right) helped coordinate a White House briefing on criminal justice and disability reform as part of their summer internships in Washington, DC.  Both are interning with the National Disability Rights Network, an organization in Washington that advocates on behalf of the rights of the disabled.