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Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service

Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service


The Rangel Center provides various types of support to students enrolled in CCNY’s Master's Program in Public Administration, a master's program that prepares students, many from groups traditionally underrepresented in public service, for management jobs in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Center graduates and students have worked for the White House, the Harlem Children's Zone, the Council on State Governments and the New York City Council.

The Center also supports an archive of important Congressional papers, the core of which will be the documents and other materials donated by Congressman Charles B. Rangel.

Fundamental to the Honorable Charles B. Rangel's lifelong service to the nation is a belief that government in the U.S. must mirror the rich tapestry of cultures, faiths, and ethnicities that make us who we are as a country.  We at the City College of New York and the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service are proud to share that vision of our country and to dedicate our efforts to help make this a worthy mission a reality.



Preserving 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 has mounted an exhibit of Congressional Documents and memorabilia associated with the founding of the Congressional Black Caucus and the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  The material on exhibit 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 put together with assistance of the Winthrop Group, an archival research service, and students from the Master’s Program in Public Administration at City College. 

The exhibit runs through March 2nd at the Cohen Library Archives on the City College Campus, North Academic Center, fifth floor.  For more information call: 212 650-7609

At Rangel Center, Obama's Chief Economist Reports Record US Incomes

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 for the next administration, including continuing disparities in wealth and incomes. He also thanked Congressman Rangel for his support of the Administration's work on the Affordable Care Act. 

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, CCNY's Master’s Program in Public Administration, and the Zahn Innovation Center. (Pictured, Dr. Jason Furman, center, with Karen Witherspoon, CCNY's Vice President for Government Relations, and Mark Musell, Director of CCNY's Master's Program in Public Administration.)


Archives Moves Forward

CCNY continues to make progress in archiving papers donated to City College by Congressman Rangel.  The papers document his work as a life-long advocate for civil rights, veterans’ rights, criminal justice reform, and greater access to healthcare and education.  “The documents archive will be a rich collection of material for the community covering half a century of the history of Harlem, New York, and the Nation,” says Kim Peach, lead archivist for the project.  Parts of the collection may become accessible to the public as early as the summer of 2017.

Center Relocates to New Offices

The Rangel Center moved to the new Public Management Center located on the ground floor of Shepard Hall.  The new space brings together for the first time a number of programs focused on preparing young people for public service. The new facility features student work space, a smart classroom, as well as space for meetings and seminars.

Rangel Center Sponsors Workshop

On December 3rd, The Rangel Center, together with the Master's Program in Public Administration and the Zahn Innovation Center, sponsored a workshop on performance measurement in nonprofit organizations. The program was part of a series designed to share campus expertise and connections with students and the community at large.  The workshop featured a panel of experts moderated by MPA Professor George Mitchell.  The event was broadcast online. 



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New York, NY  10031

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