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Center Mission

Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service

Center Mission


The Charles B. Rangel Center at City College is committed to helping ensure that those who run our nation will better reflect our citizenry.  The Center approaches that mission with a set of inter-related programs designed to support student achievement and to advance research on issues related to diversity in public service.


The Rangel Center provides various types of support to students enrolled in CCNY's Master's in Public Administration (MPA) program, which prepares students, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in public service, for management jobs in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.  The focus of all the efforts is to provide CCNY students interested in service with the same rich academic experience that students take for granted at better financed, private institutions. 

  • The Rangel Center provides scholarships and other types of financial support to MPA students.   In the past decade, the Center's support has made graduate education possible for dozens of students who could not otherwise afford it.  Much of the support is tied to service in management, communications, budgeting and policy analysis. 
  • It sponsors policy briefings by national leaders.  Past events have featured President Obama's chief economic adviser, the Comptroller General of the United States, the US Senate Historian, and the Director of the National Governors Association. 
  • The Center also sponsors career development, job placement, project management, grant writing and other academic programs for students interested in leadership in public service.  
  • The Rangel Center supports internships in Washington, DC for graduate and undergraduate students interested in public service.  Rangel supported students have secured White House internships, Truman Fellowships, and other honors.
  • The Center supports innovation in teaching in public service, as well as partnerships between MPA and other programs on campus.  This fall the Center partnered with the Zhan Innovation Center to launch a new program in social innovation. 
  • The Rangel Center also supports student research and sponsors faculty research on issues pertaining to expanding participation of underserved populations in the public service.  The research agenda is carried out through a small grant program and through research assistantships for students.
  • The Center supports an archive of documents pertaining to minority leaders in public service. The Congressional papers of Congressman Rangel form the core of the collection. 

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 worthy mission a reality.