Arthur Gelb: Service-Minded Spirit and a Helping Hand

Arthur Gelb died recently at the age of ninety. Some readers of this blog may know of him as a renowned journalist and editor at the New York Times, a newspaper that he helped transform. However, most people won’t know about the pivotal role that Arthur played in the initial creation of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at CCNY, an institution that would set foundational principles that now guide the mission of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

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Image: Screenshot from “Theater Talk,” a CUNY-TV program.

by Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Psychology, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Arthur Gelb died recently at the age of ninety. Some readers of this blog may know of him as a renowned journalist and editor at the New York Times, a newspaper that he helped transform. However, most people won’t know about the pivotal role that Arthur played in the initial creation of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at CCNY, an institution that would set foundational principles that now guide the mission of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

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From a Crossroads, a New Path

On May 14, Partners for Change Fellow Jamiela McDonnough, served as one of two guest speakers for the Colin Powell Center’s End-of-Year Celebration. Jamiela, a senior majoring in biology with a minor in studio art, offered the following excerpted remarks to her fellow students, family members, Center staff, and guests.

It’s the end of another academic year. The Center is winding down for the semester and it’s my turn to graduate. Now for as long as I have been waiting for this moment, it feels different than I expected. I feel happy and excited, of course. But I feel a little sad and sentimental, things I thought I’d never feel at graduation.

jamiela_talk1On May 14, Partners for Change Fellow Jamiela McDonnough, served as one of two guest speakers for the Colin Powell Center’s End-of-Year Celebration. Jamiela, a senior majoring in biology with a minor in studio art, offered the following excerpted remarks to her fellow students, family members, Center staff, and guests.

It’s the end of another academic year. The Center is winding down for the semester and it’s my turn to graduate. Now for as long as I have been waiting for this moment, it feels different than I expected. I feel happy and excited, of course. But I feel a little sad and sentimental, things I thought I’d never feel at graduation. I’ve had my share of challenges at City College not unlike most of you. A little over a year ago, I would have sold a kidney to graduate early. But looking back on things now, I realize that everything happens for a reason. The rocky path I chose has led me to some great opportunities including being here to speak with you all. And I wouldn’t change that for anything.

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Kofi Annan Talk Spotlights Global Affairs and Leadership

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan joined in a wide-ranging discussion with John H. Ruggie, professor of Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard University, who served as Annan’s assistant secretary-general for strategic planning. The February 8 talk at the City College of New York was sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service and the City College Division of Social Science. The event marked the completion of a six-year joint CCNY-Yale University project to research, collect, organize, and publish the official papers of Kofi Annan.

Kofi Annan and John H. Ruggie in conversation at City College.

By Maura Christopher, Director of Publications, Colin Powell Center

With the fate of Syria dominating headlines, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Friday for a political solution to the conflict. “Military intervention will only make things worse.” said Annan, who served during 2012 as Joint Special Envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the League of Arab States.

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Dee Dee Mozeleski: Propelling a Vision for the Colin Powell School

As the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service is integrated more fully and formally into the fabric of the Division of Social Sciences, and as the division is elevated to the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, my immediate goal is to help build the narrative for supporting Colin Powell School. I want to convey why it is so important to do this, not just for the current generation of students and faculty, but for the generations to come. —Dee Dee Mozeleski, Director of Development, Colin Powell Center

dmozeleski_v3When Dee Dee Mozeleski joined the Colin Powell Center in October as its first director of development, she hit the ground running. Mozeleski, a native of San Diego, has made New York her home for the past 20 years, building her career in development here and raising a daughter who is now at Penn State. Mozeleski brings extensive experience, professionalism, and dedication to the Center. Here, in a Q&A, she reflects on her experience and the goals ahead.

What drew you to the Colin Powell Center?
I first heard about the Center in 1997 when City College announced its opening. Over the years, I have stayed current with happenings on the CCNY campus because many of my friends have graduated from here. When I learned of the newly created director of development position, I thought that the person lucky enough to work in this position would have a chance to help shape what it means to fundraise for a program that takes the best and brightest minds from our campus and helps them to grow into leaders in their selected profession. Little did I know that I would end up becoming that lucky person.

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Kofi Annan to Speak at City College Friday, February 8

On Friday, February 8, Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, will deliver a special guest lecture at City College. His appearance, sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, marks the publication of his collected papers, a joint six-year CCNY-Yale project, led by principle investigator Jean Krasno. Professor Krasno is the Center’s initiative director for multilateral diplomacy and international organizations.

Kofi Annan will deliver a lecture at CCNY on February 8 at 10 a.m. Photo: Creative Commons/Alberto CabelloOn Friday, February 8, Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, will deliver a special guest lecture at City College. His appearance, sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, marks the publication of his collected papers, a joint six-year CCNY-Yale project, led by principle investigator Jean Krasno. Professor Krasno is the Center’s initiative director for multilateral diplomacy and international organizations. Continue reading “Kofi Annan to Speak at City College Friday, February 8”

Volunteering in the Rockaways with the Clinton Global Initiative

Before going out to volunteer in the Rockaways with the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) Day of Action, I had spoken to other volunteers who echoed sentiments similar to my own—regret at not being able to help earlier, frustration over the lack of accessibility to affected areas, the difficulty of connecting to an organization that needed more than just money, and the feelings of inadequacy in tackling the larger problems of recovering electricity and heat to families in need. The CGI Day of Action answered some of those frustrations.

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Volunteering with CGI’s Day of Action in the Rockaways answered some of the frustrations about wanting to help with the post-Sandy recovery.

By Simone Gordon

The hurricane’s appearance may have been short but its effects will be long-lasting. Approaching the Rockaways, one could already witness Sandy’s devastating impact: empty stores, marked-off houses designated as too dangerous for habitation, and signs attached to poles that read “FEMA, we need your assistance!” I felt like I was entering another country and became aware of nature’s unequal distribution of effects. My own community was largely unharmed by the hurricane. The Rockaways were not as fortunate. Continue reading “Volunteering in the Rockaways with the Clinton Global Initiative”

Join Us: on Dec. 6 for “Stop and Frisk and Marijuana Arrests: Policing Communities of Color in Harlem and Beyond”

In 2011, More than 684,000 individuals, primarily young African-American and Latino men and women, were stopped under New York City’s controversial “Stop and Frisk” policy. Now the Center and key partners will spotlight the devastating consequences of these and related policing tactics in a community justice forum on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the City College of New York

Harlem is our Home, from Flicker by Jarito by Creative Commons permission.In 2011, More than 684,000 individuals, primarily young African-American and Latino men and women, were stopped under New York City’s controversial “Stop and Frisk” policy. Now the Center and key partners will spotlight the devastating consequences of these and related policing tactics in a community justice forum on Thursday, December 6.

Screening and Talk with Soul Food Junkies Director Byron Hurt

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, fellows of the Colin Powell Center will cosponsor the award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies. The screening will include a talk with director/activist Byron Hurt. Soul Food Junkies will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of the City College of New York in the North Academic Building (NAC) Rm. 1/202. RSVP to workshop@twn.org.

Soul food photo by Jennifer Woodard MaderazoOn Wednesday, Dec. 5, fellows of the Colin Powell Center will cosponsor the award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies. The screening will include a talk with director/activist Byron Hurt. Soul Food Junkies will take place at 6:30 p.m. in NAC 1/202. RSVP to workshop@twn.org. Continue reading “Screening and Talk with Soul Food Junkies Director Byron Hurt”