Have you seen A New Light in Harlem?

Do you know a young person who wants to be a leader in public service? Get access to world-class preparatory coursework and field experience without amassing piles of debt? Are you a scholar, educator, or community organizer looking to break down walls between the Academy and the surrounding community? Who knows that in order to find better answers to pressing questions of the 21st century, we need to hear more voices? Watch and learn more about the mission of the Colin Powell School—”A New Light in Harlem.”

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Our original upload to YouTube got over 600 views in just a matter of days! We had to do a *tiny* bit of clean-up, so we uploaded a new version (click below).

The film features interviews with General Colin Powell, Dean Vince Boudreau, and faculty, students, alumni, and board members, spotlighting the amazing community we have up here on the City College campus.

Do you know a young person who wants to be a leader in public service? Get access to world-class preparatory coursework and field experience without amassing piles of debt?

Are you a scholar, educator, or community organizer looking to break down walls between the Academy and the surrounding community? Who knows that in order to find better answers to pressing questions of the 21st century, we need to hear more voices?

Watch and learn more about the mission of the Colin Powell School—”A New Light in Harlem.”

 

From the Field: Simone Gordon Shares Her Experience as an Intern in the Distict of Columbia Public Schools

Working in the nation’s capital – one of the country’s most diverse and highly watched school districts – I have had the opportunity to learn and contribute to the work of managing an urban school district. Through the Urban Educators Leadership Initiative Program (UELIP) I have spent the last three months interning in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Central Office. It is great, as a future educator, to witness how reforms are made at the district level and then communicated and implemented at the school level.

Working in the nation’s capital – one of the country’s most diverse and highly watched school districts – I have had the opportunity to learn and contribute to the work of managing an urban school district.  Through the Urban Educators Leadership Initiative Program (UELIP) I have spent the last three months interning in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Central Office.  It is great, as a future educator, to witness how reforms are made at the district level and then communicated and implemented at the school level. Continue reading “From the Field: Simone Gordon Shares Her Experience as an Intern in the Distict of Columbia Public Schools”

Eyes on Her Future, a Fellow Reflects on an Inspirational Trip

Recent Center graduate Emie Lomba writes about a past trip to meet General Colin Powell and her plans for a future in education.

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Emie Lomba at a meeting with General Powell. Photo: Sirin Samman

In October, 32 fellows of the Colin Powell Program in Leadership and Public Service traveled to Washington, D.C. There, they met with General Colin L. Powell and attended presentations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for a New American Security. Afterward, fellow Emie Lomba reflected on what she learned during the trip, and how to apply it to her life. Today, she is drawing on those lessons as she prepares for a future beyond the Center.

November 2011 – The road to success is bumpy, so we have to hold on tight, develop a sense of discipline, and keep persevering. These were the words of General Colin L. Powell’s that I took to heart during our small group conversation with him. Drawing from his life stories, General Powell demonstrated that aspiring leaders have to be ambitious, open to new experiences, hungry for knowledge, and most important, humble. We must always remember, he told us, that success needs to be shared. Continue reading “Eyes on Her Future, a Fellow Reflects on an Inspirational Trip”

Powell Leadership Fellow Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Leadership Fellow Humaira Hansrod, a native of native of Maurititus who moved to Queens as a young teenager, has won a Fulbright Scholarship for 2012–2013, which will enable her to examine support for women’s economic empowerment in the Middle East country of Oman. Here she discusses her Fulbright project and its evolution.

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Humaira Hansrod at the Powell Fellowship end-of-year ceremony. Photo: Joshua P. Kristal

Winning a Fulbright Scholarship for 2012–2013 will enable Humaira Hansrod to examine support for women’s economic empowerment in the Middle East country of Oman. Humaira, a native of Maurititus who moved to Queens as a young teenager, will graduate from the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY in May with a double major in political science and economics. The Center spoke with her recently about her project and its evolution. Continue reading “Powell Leadership Fellow Wins Fulbright Scholarship”

Jill Iscol to Lead Discussion at Fellowship End-of-Year Ceremony

Jill Iscol, Diahann Billings-Burford and Jimmie Briggs will speak at the Powell Fellowship end-of-year celebration on May 8.

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Jill Iscol, author of Hearts on Fire, will speak at the Center on May 8. Photo: Lisa Weinert

On May 8, the Colin Powell Center will send another generation of young leaders into the world. The Colin Powell Fellowship closing celebration marks the end of a journey for City College students who have spent two years (one year for graduate students) working with community partners and learning how to apply their academic interests through public policy and public service to solve the challenges facing society.

The keynote event of the evening will be a panel discussion featuring Jill Iscol, author of Hearts on Fire; Diahann Billings-Burford, chief service officer of NYC Service; and Jimmie Briggs, executive director of the nonprofit Man Up. The invited speakers are exemplary leaders of the sort the Center aims to form: worldly, engaged and dedicated to helping others. Continue reading “Jill Iscol to Lead Discussion at Fellowship End-of-Year Ceremony”

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.

Continue reading “Welcome to the New Colin Powell Center Blog!”

Powell Center Launches Blog

General Colin L. Powell and Powell FellowsWelcome to the Powell Network Blog!  The Powell Network is made up of current and former Colin Powell Fellows at The City College of New York.  The Powell Network Blog is a space for Powell Network members to engage in public debate about issues involving community and economic development, education, international development and global security, health, and the environment.    Powell Network members come from a range of disciplines at CCNY, and bring a wide variety of perspectives to the most pressing public issues of the day.  Check back regularly for new posts; we encourage comments, feedback and rigorous debate.