The City College Advantage

kevin-foster-research-for-the-common-goodI hope you read the recent report about how vital CCNY is, in propelling so many of our students out of poverty.  The report, led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty*, showed that 76% of City College students who started from the lowest 20% of income end up at least an entire quintile higher, so neither the lowest nor the second-lowest 20%.  That report ranks CCNY #2 for mobility in the entire country.  We are all proud of our contributions to this effort.  But let me link that report to other strands of economic research.

That leap in income is tremendously rare.  Most people stay in the same quintile where they start and of those who move, most move just one quintile up or down – very few take more than one step away.  You may remember hearing Raj Chetty’s name last month, documenting what David Leonhardt called the “end of the American Dream,” as he tabulated data that showed people born in 1950 had nearly an 80% chance of making more money than their parents, while those born in 1980 had just a 50% chance.  (He also provided data about the geography of opportunity: there are some parts of the country that do better than others.)  CCNY’s American Dream Machine is enormously difficult; it was always tough but it is becoming even more so.

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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.”

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.”

 

New York state’s program to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission could work around the world

Editor’s Note: For World AIDS Day, we share an article, originally published by The Conversation, by Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Columbia University and leading expert on pediatric AIDS research. In October, we hosted Dr. Nicholas as guest speaker in our breakfast lecture series “Conversations with City.”

by Stephen W Nicholas, Columbia University

Editor’s Note: For World AIDS Day, we share an article, originally published by The Conversation, by Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Columbia University and leading expert on pediatric AIDS research. In October, we hosted Dr. Nicholas as guest speaker in our breakfast lecture series “Conversations with City.”

Last month’s announcement that Cuba is the first nation in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV underscores a curious silence around a more significant triumph far closer to home: elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission in New York state. Inexplicably, there have been no press releases or publicity concerning this. Continue reading “New York state’s program to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission could work around the world”

Engaged Scholarship at the Colin Powell School: Service Learning

Check out our new video documenting a service-learning course taught last semester through the Colin Powell School’s political science department. The video highlights just one of the exciting ways faculty and staff at the Colin Powell School and the City College of New York are transforming the traditional classroom experience through engaged scholarship.

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Check out our new video documenting a service-learning course taught last semester through the Colin Powell School’s political science department.

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Join Engineers Without Borders at CCNY

Now we are ready to embark on a new project in Eyek, Cameroon. The project is a partnership with deserving community of a population of about 1000 people in Eyek to build a very much-needed community center. This community center will house a potable water system, market stalls for farmers to sell their produce, and also a small medical dispensary. The center will also be a place for young people to learn trade skills, while providing EWB students skill-building opportunities in several engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, environmental, and electrical.

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An EWB-CCNY student working in the field.

by Zineb Bouizy, Secretary, Engineers Without Borders-CCNY Chapter

I come from a poor family in Morocco. When I came to the US six years ago, I came alone and did not know any English. I started working full-time to support myself and help my family back in Morocco, and began to pursue my dream of becoming a civil engineer. It was my experience struggling to get the basic necessities in my hometown that led me to engineering as a professional path, and fortunately, I made my way into the Grove School of Engineering at City College. My personal experience is also what drove me to become involved with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a humanitarian organization that supports the design and implementation of community-driven, sustainable engineering projects worldwide. Continue reading “Join Engineers Without Borders at CCNY”

‘Let’s Get Ready’: Not Your Ordinary Work-Study

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by Angela Choi, Community Engagement Fellow at the Colin Powell School

When you scan the list of available federal work-study jobs, many are in campus offices or departments needing administrative help. But there’s another opportunity, one that takes you away from paperwork and into the City College community.

Let’s Get Ready is a nonprofit organization that provides free SAT preparation to students from families with low incomes, and assists these students throughout the college application process. Let’s Get Ready at City College is a different kind of on-campus work-study, where students awarded federal work-study funding get paid to do great work. It’s a unique opportunity to engage and have an impact on your community.

While I was still in high school, I had a burning desire to go to college—but I didn’t know how to get there. My parents had not gone to college in this country and were unfamiliar with the application process. My parents believed it was my high school’s responsibility to help me get into college, and expected their support. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t the case. Continue reading “‘Let’s Get Ready’: Not Your Ordinary Work-Study”

Powell School’s New Breakfast Series: “Conversations with City”

Conversations with City is a dynamic and stimulating addition to event programming at the Powell School. The series serves as an open forum for experts, policymakers, community leaders, and others attempting to meet the major challenges of the nation and the world.

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by Dee Dee Mozeleski, Director of Development, Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

The driving mission behind the Powell School at the City College of New York is to be a leading center for social research, expertise, learning, and leadership. An important part of this ongoing effort is to disseminate research and public policy information to concerned audiences, particularly those working to redress social, political or economic disparities. So it is with great enthusiasm that we officially announce our new series of public breakfast talks, Conversations with City.

Conversations with City is a dynamic and stimulating addition to event programming at the Powell School. The series serves as an open forum for experts, policymakers, community leaders, and others attempting to meet the major challenges of the nation and the world. Continue reading “Powell School’s New Breakfast Series: “Conversations with City””

Post-Compost: The Wastewater Wetlands Project

Check out our new video documenting the partnership of Dr. Amy Berkov and Partners-for-Change fellow Rebecca Panko with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Over the last year, they’ve taken the first major steps to transform a composting lot in East River Park into an artificial wetland for wildlife and wastewater management.

There’s just so much good work being done by service-minded CCNY faculty and student fellows that we decided it was about time to capture some of the action in living color. Check out our new video documenting the partnership of Dr. Amy Berkov and research assistant Rebecca Panko (also a Partners-for-Change Fellow) with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Through the Center’s Community-Based Participatory Research fellowship program, Dr. Berkov and the team have taken the first major steps in the last year to transform a composting lot in East River Park into an artificial wetland for wildlife and wastewater management.