Rio + 20: An Amazing Opportunity

Nisha Tabassum at the Rio+20 conference
Nisha Tabassum at the Rio+20 conference

By Nisha Tabassum, Partners for Change Fellow

I clearly remember my shock at being chosen to attend the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in late June. I remember thinking the likelihood that I would be chosen from among the many more experienced IS’ers (International studies majors) was zilch. I had just woken up from a nap to an email from Dr. James Biles inviting students to write a paragraph stating why they should be chosen to go. I figured I had no shot: I was not as active in the International Studies club the previous semester as some of the other students, and I was a new International Studies major with a concentration in development. Despite my reservations, I applied, half-awake. I knew that attending a conference of such magnitude and importance would not only boost my knowledge and understanding of development, but also serve as an enriching experience I could always carry with me. Continue reading “Rio + 20: An Amazing Opportunity”

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Learning about Segregated Care with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

On Wednesday, September 19, Program Coordinator Sophie Gray observed the Colin Powell Center’s 2012–2013 Partners for Change Health Justice Fellows’ seminar, which met at the offices of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) in midtown. NYLPI is the dynamic organization where our leader-in-residence, Shena Elrington, directs the Health Justice Program. The session began with a discussion about the history of the medical system and how it resulted in hospital segregation.

Screen shot from the video "Segregated Care" by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
Screen shot from the video “Segregated Care” by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

By Sophie Gray, Program Coordinator, Partners for Change

This Wednesday, I had the pleasure of sitting in on our new Partners for Change Health Justice Fellows’ seminar. We met at the offices of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) in midtown, the dynamic organization where our leader-in-residence, Shena Elrington, directs the Health Justice Program.

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NATO Secretary General at CCNY on September 27, 2012

On Thursday, September 27, the Colin Powell Center and the CCNY Division of Social Science will present Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treat Organization (NATO), who will address “Why NATO Matters to You.” Speaking in conversation with CCNY President Lisa S. Coico, Secretary General Rasmussen will spotlight how NATO deals with emerging security challenges and contributes to global security.

Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen. NATO official portrait.

On Thursday, September 27, the Colin Powell Center and the CCNY Division of Social Science will present Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), who will address “Why NATO Matters to You.” Speaking in conversation with CCNY President Lisa S. Coico, Secretary General Rasmussen will spotlight how NATO deals with emerging security challenges and contributes to global security.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall at City College (view on Google maps). It will have a “town hall” format, in which CCNY students and members of the community will be invited to ask questions of the secretary general. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the CCNY international relations, international studies, and public administration programs. Continue reading “NATO Secretary General at CCNY on September 27, 2012”

Reframing Apathy

Efforts to engage her student body on important causes and issues eventually left Katherine Cho wondering, “Our cause is so important—how can people not be involved? Do people even care?” Strategic reframing of the issue has led Katherine to consider the larger questions: do we mold public opinion; how do we address apathy?

Strategically reframing issues can lead to new solutions
Strategically reframing issues can lead to new solutions. Licensed under Creative Commons

By Katherine Cho, Center Coordinator

During my undergraduate years, organizations and clubs were allowed to set up respective booths several times a week to help engage our greater student body on certain causes and issues. I remember struggling to create flyers, handouts, and catchy phrases to entice our audience, as well as feeling the disappointment when people passed by without a second glance. Over time, the repeated responses left me wondering, “Our cause is so important—how can people not be involved? Do people even care?” Continue reading “Reframing Apathy”

Learning about Professional Development in Washington, DC

For Colin Powell Leadership Fellow Beau Lancaster, serving as an intern at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, DC, was an opportunity to practice communicating professionally in the workplace, while still being himself.

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By Beau Lancaster, Colin Powell leadership fellow.

Prior to my summer experience of interning in Washington, DC, I did not understand how much of a quintessential New Yorker I was. As a quintessential New Yorker, I am often direct, honest, and non-apologetic in my beliefs. However, I soon discovered this is not the communication style of the professional world. In order to succeed in the workplace, you have to know how to communicate in the workplace. My summer interning at the Partnership for Public Service taught me how to communicate professionally while still being myself.

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