Principal Pamela Price: Broadening Students’ Horizons

Principal Pamela Price of PS/MS 161, Pedro Albizo Campos School in West Harlem, stressed the importance of partnerships to New York City’s public schools at the Colin Powell Center’s Annual Service-Learning Recognition Ceremony. She herself is a valued service-learning partner at the Center.

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Patricia Price, principal of PS/MS 161 in Harlem (second from the left), learns about the CCNY student presentations from Katherine Cho, service-learning coordinator.
Patricia Price, principal of PS/MS 161 in Harlem (second from the left), discusses CCNY student presentations with Katherine Cho, Center service-learning coordinator. Photo by Bobby Lopez

Last night, the Center held its annual service-learning recognition ceremony. We’ll be writing more about the event soon. Meanwhile, I want to recognize our community partners, who all too often are the unsung heroes of service-learning. They are people like Pamela Price, principal of  MS/PS 161, Pedro Albizu Campos School on West 133rd Street, on the south border of the City College campus.

Principal Price spoke at the podium for a few moments of the importance of partnerships to her public school students, and of the ways these partnerships have broadened their horizons. Continue reading “Principal Pamela Price: Broadening Students’ Horizons”

Students and the Homeless Share a Classroom to Advocate for Change

CCNY Professor John Krinski led a course on affordable housing policy attended by both students and local homeless men and women.

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John Krinsky, left, during his course with Picture the Homeless. Image: John Krinsky

The group in Professor John Krinsky’s class was an unusual one for a City College course. At least, half of it was. Eight of the 16 were College students, the other eight were members of Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization made up of homeless men and women committed to systemic change.

Everyone listened together when one student, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke about seeing entire towns built by the American military in a matter of weeks. “‘We can do this,’ he said,” recalled Krinsky.

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As the Rivers Rise, 3 Ways Harlem Needs to Prepare for a Wet Future

Rising seas pose a major threat to Harlem and New York City in the near future. Here are three concrete steps to take to get ready.

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The flooding of Harlem (here during Hurricane Irene) will be more frequent in the near future. Photo: Ennuipoet * FreeVerse Photography / Creative Commons

The sea level around New York City has risen by 12″ in the past century. By 2050, it will rise another 7″ to 12″; by 2080, 12″ to 23″ more. With 520 miles of shoreline in five boroughs, these numbers translate to an approaching disaster. Factor in the flooding subways, tunnels, sewage systems and electrical networks, and things get even worse.

If Harlem and Harlemites are to be ready for this future, there are three steps to take.

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One Way to Frame the Debate: Eliot Spitzer at the Center

Eliot Spitzer dispatched complex policy questions on Occupy Wall Street, Citizens United and the fate of health care reform during his talk at the Colin Powell Center.

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Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer speaks with Coordinator Michael Busch during the Center's "Conversations in Leadership" series.

Watching Eliot Spitzer dispatch complex policy questions during his March 27 talk at the Colin Powell Center (part of the new Conversations in Leadership series), I had the feeling that I was watching a professional ballplayer at practice nonchalantly knocking balls deep into the outfield. Whether you agree with him or not, the former governor’s highly candid views on issues such as Occupy Wall Street, Citizens United (a decision he supported), or the fate of health care reform, suggests why Current TV recently tapped him to host a new program. Here are a few of excerpts.

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Toward “Just Relationships”: Tania Mitchell at NYMAPS

Tania Mitchell challenged practitioners to set the bar higher and to make “social justice” an explicit goal of service-learning at the 2012 NYMAPS Symposium.

Tania Mitchell, Director of Service Learning in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, deliers the 2012 NYMAPS keynote.
Tania Mitchell delivers the 2012 NYMAPS keynote address.

Though it happened several weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about Tania D. Mitchell’s keynote address at the 2012 NYMAPS* Symposium. Mitchell, a Stanford-based educator, has become a touchstone in the field of service-learning for her willingness to address the unspoken assumptions of the field. For faculty, community partners, and administrators, Mitchell’s directness has brought new freshness, energy, and yes, authenticity to the now-established pedagogy.

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Welcome to the New Colin Powell Center Blog!

Neighborhoods & Nations is the blog of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, a nonpartisan educational, training, and research center named for its founder. This blog will serve as the mouthpiece for Center students, alumni, partners, and staff to share their ideas, opinions, and work in the community and around the world.

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Photo: dewitt / Creative Commons

Neighborhoods and Nations is the blog of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, a nonpartisan educational, training, and research center named for its founder. This blog will serve as the mouthpiece for Center alumni, partners and staff to share their ideas, opinions, and work in the community and around the world.

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Center Students and Staff Spend a Friday with North Korea and the Buddha

Staff and students of the Colin Powell Center were invited for a private tour of the Rubin Museum of Art and a photo exhibit on North Korea at the 8th Floor gallery.

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Center students and staff touring the "Windows on North Korea" photo exhibit at the 8th Floor. Photo: Alex Davies

On Friday, April 13, the staff and students of the Colin Powell Center were invited for a private tour of the Rubin Museum of Art and a photo exhibit on North Korea at the 8th Floor, a private gallery funded by Donald and Shelly Rubin. The afternoon was a chance for Center students to add a dash of culture to the end of their Spring Break and for staff to start the weekend a bit early.

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Center Hosts Symposium to Make Harlem Heart Healthy

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Join the Colin Powell Center on May 2 to make Harlem heart healthy.

Every hour, more than 100 Americans suffer heart attacks or strokes. In Harlem, these devastating effects of cardiovascular disease affect an even greater percentage of the population: East and Central Harlem have the highest rates of fatal heart disease in New York City. To combat this growing epidemic, the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service has joined forces with health professionals and New York City community leaders.

On Wednesday, May 2, the Center will present the 2012 New York Life Symposium, “Heart-2-Heart: Improving Heart Health in Harlem and Winning the Million Hearts Campaign,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City College of New York.

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