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.”

 

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.

Continue reading “Engaged Scholarship at the Colin Powell School: Service Learning”

From the Dean: The Fundamentals of Leadership

Over the weeks and months to follow, I will, in our blog, lay out a vision for the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership—this wonderful endeavor I’ve been asked to shepherd. I’ll outline new programming, opportunities for students, and faculty projects, but my next post will stick close to examining what agency must mean in the service of our educational mission, and how we can produce a kind of leadership education that inspires our curriculum and propels confident, visionary students into the world.

vinceheadshotby Dean Vince Boudreau, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Leadership can mean a lot of things to different people, and has been on the minds of more than a few of us at the Colin Powell School. What does it mean to shoulder the task of developing leadership capacities in new generations of City College students?

For us, leadership probably needs to mean something different than the specific training programs that take place in Outward Bound experiences or executive leadership seminars—because our leadership development work occurs alongside the university’s degree-granting activity. Students here need to prepare themselves for leadership roles as they learn the ins and outs of economics, sociology, psychology, and other academic fields.  Continue reading “From the Dean: The Fundamentals of Leadership”

The Center’s Engaged Scholarship Program Seeks 2013 Faculty Fellows

Yes, eligible faculty members, the 2013 Faculty Fellowship Program recruitment season is in full swing! Fellowships are available in three categories: Service-Learning, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBR), and Public Scholarship.

2012 Public Scholarship Fellow John Krinsky presenting with a community partner
2012 Public Scholarship Fellow John Krinsky presenting with a community partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013 Faculty Fellowship Program recruitment season is in full swing. Fellowships are available in three categories: Service-Learning, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBR), and Public Scholarship.

Continue reading “The Center’s Engaged Scholarship Program Seeks 2013 Faculty Fellows”

Framing and Deepening the Hurricane Sandy Response

The crisis of Sandy still serves as a catalyst to engage students in in-depth discussions on everything from the appropriate role of government, public resources, and infrastructure planning and development to scientists’ growing concern about climate change and disaster preparedness. In light of the urgency of the lasting crisis, how do we reconcile the bureaucracy of higher education timetables with the real-time needs of next-door neighbors and citizens, and expedite services? How do we make use of large-scale student resources and labor while remaining mindful of the students and staff who have been personally affected by the storm?

By Genéa Stewart, Director of Service-Learning

With the start of the new semester, service-learning practitioners across New York and New Jersey have a distinct opportunity to leverage the matchless teachable moment created by Hurricane Sandy for social change. But how exactly? When? What factors should educators and advocates consider in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? How should we talk with our students?

Continue reading “Framing and Deepening the Hurricane Sandy Response”

Service-Learning Faculty Fellow Links Community Voices to Neighborhood Needs

Professor Mary Lutz presents the results of the West Harlem community needs assessment project.
Professor Mary Lutz presents the results of the West Harlem community needs assessment project to members of Community Board 9. Photo: Genéa Stewart

By Mary Lutz and Jonathan Bennett

How do you find out what New York City communities need? You stop people on the street and ask them.

This simple and ingenious technique for assessing community needs has been tested successfully in two of New York City’s 59 Community Districts and is the subject of a 43-page report released this month by CCNY’s Center for Worker Education Professor Mary Lutz, a service-learning faculty fellow and public scholar with the Colin Powell Center.

“It’s easy to imagine that this method, in combination with local political action, could be an important step to bring creative small-town democratic decision making into big city life,” says Professor Lutz. “It is a promising alternative to the top-down decision making that is currently favored by the Bloomberg administration.”

Continue reading “Service-Learning Faculty Fellow Links Community Voices to Neighborhood Needs”

Service-Learning in NYC Schools: Outcomes and Lessons Learned

NYC Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford explains why service-learning is the route to stronger education and communities.

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NYC Service Chief Officer Diahann Billings-Burford and NYC Schools Chancellor Walcott honor Service in Schools 2012 award recipients. Photo: NYC Service

By Diahann Billings-Burford, Chief Service Officer of NYC Service.

Last month, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and I celebrated the accomplishments of more than 587,000 students who participated in service during the 2011-2012 school year as part of the City’s Service in Schools initiative. Thirty schools were recognized for student participation in projects that included working on a sustainable organic farm serving Crown Heights and leading workshops for elementary school students as part of City Year’s Young Heroes program in Hunts Point.

Our Service in Schools initiative, a partnership of the Department of Education and NYC Service, encourages student participation in service of any kind. But since our launch in 2009 we’ve seen that the greatest impact on academic performance and student engagement is a result of service-learning. Continue reading “Service-Learning in NYC Schools: Outcomes and Lessons Learned”

Center Fellows Reflect on the Meaning and Challenges of Service (Part II)

This is the second post in a two part series on a Wiki created by the Colin Powell Center’s Partners for Change fellows to explore themes around the idea of “service”, focusing here on “permanence”.

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This “word cloud” was generated using terms pulled from the fellows’ Service Wiki. Image via Wordle.net.

This is the second post in a two part series on a Wiki created by the Colin Powell Center’s Partners for Change fellows to explore themes around the idea of “service”.

During our discussions of “service” in the Partners for Change seminar another emergent theme was “permanence.” Questions and assertions of service projects’ longevity and sustainability were tossed around while trying to define what makes a project effective. In other words, how do we know if service is making an impact? There were several conflicting views on permanence as it relates to service, but all the fellows’ voices were heard. At the end of the unit, and perhaps after some important time for reflection, the fellows produced a collaborative voice in their “Service Wiki.” The following is an excerpt on “permanence.” Continue reading “Center Fellows Reflect on the Meaning and Challenges of Service (Part II)”