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The Clinton School’s 2013-2014 school year has ended and our eighth class has graduated. This year our students distinguished themselves in many ways including receiving the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Portuguese Study, Boren International, Global Health, Cisneros American Dream, McLarty Global and Clinton-Heifer fellowships.
With your support our students also had unprecedented interaction with some of the world’s best and brightest individuals through our speaker series. This academic year we hosted over 115 programs — which were free and open to the public. We believe the Clinton School speaker series is now the best college series in the country and we are proud to make it available to you in person and online at www.clintonschoolspeakers.com.
While it is always free to attend individual programs, we do use voluntary donations to help offset our expenses. If you could make a contribution, it would be greatly appreciated.
Donate online or mail your tax-deductible contribution to the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. Please make your checks payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation/Clinton School.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to more outstanding programs in 2014-2015.
Josh Visnaw of Saginaw, MI, completed his final capstone project with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, collaborating with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center and the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood (CLRPN), to address parent engagement.
Within the seven census tracks the CLRPN targets, five public schools are the focus of educational intervention and enhancement. For all five schools that are predominantly African-American, free and reduced lunch rates remain alarmingly high and four of the five schools are considered low achieving.
The project relied on the Harvard Graduate School of Education PreK-12 Parent Survey, with Visnaw surveying almost 350 parents at Bale Elementary School – one of the schools in the CLRPN – to understand the family/school relationship in providing necessary social, emotional, and academic support in child development. Visnaw then provided recommendations for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center to assist in parent engagement, offering a web-based platform that would connect parents to community resources and learning materials.
“The partnership between the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library, the Clinton School of Public Service, New Futures for Youth, Bale Elementary and the Promise Neighborhood to research issues related to parent involvement in public education is the type of collaboration that is needed in our community,” said Tauheed Salaam, Outreach Coordinator for the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood. “We often times get better results and create an opportunity where specialized skills can be directed where they are most needed.”
Visnaw also produced a survey tool kit for the CLRPN to continue research in the remaining four schools. The final capstone project was the last of three field service projects required for the Master of Public Service degree.
The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University Of Arkansas Clinton School Of Public Service proudly congratulates all six graduates of the Delta Circles 2014 spring class on receiving their certificates of completion for “Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting-by World” workshop.
Delta Circles is a non-profit organization that’s mission is to support individuals and families to end poverty in their lives and inspire communities to commit to long-term solutions for addressing poverty.
The “Getting Ahead” workshops are based on Ruby Payne’s Bridges out of Poverty curriculum. Delta Circles has implemented the workshops since 2009.
“This class of graduates is now able to recognize the impact of successfully making positive lifestyle changes by creating optimistic stories about themselves that will help them move out of poverty.” said Patricia Ashanti Executive Director of Delta Circles.
“Delta Circles is doing an excellent job in providing the graduates with the opportunities to develop self-improvement skills and financial literacy through the training workshops,” said Dr. Charlotte L. Williams, associate professor and director of the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy. “These skills are essential in understanding the impact of poverty while providing solutions to help them forge a brighter future.”
The Center of Community Philanthropy continues to create connections between philanthropists, non-profits, for-profit organizations and stakeholders throughout the Delta Region. Since 2009 The Center of Community Philanthropy has maintained a strong strategic partnership with Delta Circles.
The Family Health Branch of the Arkansas Department of Health has completed a successful collaboration with Dr. Angela Jimenez-Leon, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service graduate. As part of her final project, she worked with the Family Branch to identify factors that protect against teen pregnancies among Latinos in Arkansas. Dr. Jimenez-Leon is a physician from Colombia who has worked in private practice and as a general practice physician for the Colombian Air Force. She is currently completing work toward a certificate in public health from the Boozman College of Public Health at UAMS.
For her research Dr. Jimenez-Leon conducted a Latino community survey that recruited 278 respondents. After analyzing the data, results showed that protective factors against teen pregnancies included having a mother or sister whose first pregnancy occurred after she was 22 years old and completing high school. This study confirmed the value of community-based participatory research and opened the door to future work within the Hispanic community.
According to Brad Planey, Branch Chief-Family Health, “This research helps inform us of how we may work within the community to reduce teen pregnancies. The focus on the protective factors makes this research unique and provides a positive approach to change in a sensitive area of health for the community.”
Read about Dr. Jimenez-Leon and her work in the May 15th edition of El Latino at http://issuu.com/
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Mattea Fleischner has been awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.
Established in 2007 by the late Kathryn Wasserman Davis, The Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace is a competitive, merit-based award to study a language in an immersion environment or policy studies at Middlebury College Language Schools or the Monterey Institute of International Studies, respectively. Each year, the fellowship provides funding of $8,000-$10,000 for 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to spend a summer at one of the two schools.
Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace receive the very best training in foreign language or policy studies and go on to use their skills for the greater good – in peace-related professions and initiatives all around the world.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service faculty Member Dr. Warigia Bowman has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation and the University of Pennsylvania to investigate the use of the online election platform Uchaguzi (meaning election, in Kiswahili).
As team lead, Dr. Bowman will supervise a team of eight Kenyan researchers, and one American researcher—Bob Bell of the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Grace Githaiga of the University of Nairobi will coordinate Kenyan operations. The Carnegie/University of Pennsylvania team includes Clinton School of Public Service Graduate Wambui Ngugi, who will lead the team of field researchers on the ground in Kenya.
This project is part of a larger research program on the role of information technology in state-building and peace-building in East Africa. The work for the project is being carried out by the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford, in partnership with several institutions in Africa.
After the violence that occurred during the Kenyan elections of 2007-2008, Kenya’s government, its civil society, and its citizens expressed concern about the 2013 elections, and the potential for violence arising from inflammatory speech. Due to massive efforts by donors, citizens, the Kenyan government, and Kenyan civil society, the 2013 election was conducted peacefully.
Dr. Bowman’s research team aims to conduct a critical examination of Uchaguzi. In early 2013, a partnership of civil society organizations launched Uchaguzi, a crowd-sourcing platform designed to help Kenya achieve a free, fair, peaceful, and credible general election (Elections were held on March 4, 2013) by allowing Kenyans to monitor the voting process and report on significant incidents in real-time via text message. The Uchaguzi crowd-sourcing platform monitored trends as they were reported in real-time by citizens via text message, and highlighted instances of political violence and electoral malpractices.
Dr. Bowman will travel to Kenya in July 2014 to supervise the administration of surveys and ethnographic interviews with funders, government officials, citizens, and volunteers who participated in developing the Uchaguzi platform.
About Dr. Warigia Bowman
Dr. Warigia Bowman is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service where she teaches Field Research Methods and the Politics of African Development in the Master of Public Service degree program. She is currently working on a book manuscript about the role of the state in diffusing information technology in four different nations in East Africa, Kenya, Uganda Tanzania and Rwanda. In March 2013, she served as an accredited elections observer for the Kenyan General Election.
A graduate student researched the challenges to treating cancer in Nairobi, Kenya and created a proposal to improve patient outcomes at the Nairobi Women’s hospital.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Nicole Maddox of Pine Bluff, Ark., spent seven months in Kenya conducting a two-part study to provide recommendations for program development to help the hospital address a critical problem: high mortality rates in patients with cancer.
The occurrence of cancer in Africa has increased significantly within the past ten years. Although it has been undocumented for decades in Kenya, patient outcomes from the Nairobi Women’s hospital explain the need for attention in the area of cancer control and prevention in this country.
“Cancer is new for us and identifying ways to provide higher quality, more responsive treatment is a discussion we can’t afford to avoid,” said Dr. Gabriel Njue, Chief Medical Director of the Nairobi Women’s hospital. “We must start the conversation and with this analysis and list of recommendations, it will help us to begin addressing the gaps.”
At Nairobi Women’s, over 50 cancer patients are seen per month, and that number has increased steadily over the past 5 years. When compared to cancer care in the US, there are four difference variables the make treatment in Kenya different: (1) the cancer itself, (2) the patient in which the cancer has been diagnosed, (3) the caregiver, and (4) the context of or environment in which all of this occurs. The majority of patients are uninformed and have a little understanding of the nature of the disease. Most importantly, support services for managing the emotional side effects of the disease do not exist; since cancer is so new very little attention is focused on psychosocial support.
The proposal reflects on the harsh realities of treating cancer in a developing country. It will include a recommendation for a Women’s Cancer Support group, ways to plan cancer screening events, and maintaining partnerships at the Nairobi Women’s hospital.
Maddox completed the project as part of the Clinton School’s Capstone program, the final of three field service projects in the Master of Public Service degree program.
About the Nairobi Women’s Hospital
The Nairobi Women’s hospital (NWH) is a private hospital located in Nairobi, Kenya. Founded in 2001, the mission of NWH is to deliver healthcare with passion to women in Kenya. NWH works towards this by ensuring that healthcare providers are well skilled with the knowledge, passion and dedication. NWH’s offers affordable healthcare services in four regions operating through its seven branches. With seven branches, the hospital serves a large number of women and their families from low to middle incomes. All hospitals have surgery facilities, a fully established maternity wing, male and female general wards, pediatric wards, and private accommodation options. www.nwch.co.ke
John Delurey of Winchester, Mass. spent six months in Zanzibar, Tanzania completing his UACS Capstone Project with Barefoot College, an Indian NGO specializing in women’s empowerment and rural solar electrification. John’s efforts were successful in prompting the initiation of the Barefoot College Vocational Training Center (VTC), the first of its kind in East Africa.
The Barefoot College VTC will transform sixteen rural, uneducated women each year into Barefoot Solar Engineers through a six-month experiential curriculum. These women will return to their village after the training and electrify it using solar energy technology, thereby electrifying eight rural villages each year.
John created a project proposal and feasibility study that will be used to bring this project to fruition. The project proposal includes sections about the project’s background, importance, budget, impact, and feasibility. It also includes an implementation road map that will help key stakeholders continue the implementation of this project.
“John’s exemplary work to bring together the interests of Barefoot College, Government, multilateral organizations and indigenous NGO sector players has ensured a smooth implementation by clearly articulating each stakeholder’s responsibilities and commitments” said Meagan Carnahan Fallone, Head of Global Strategy, Implementation, and Development at Barefoot College.
Zanzibar, a small semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania, is the perfect location for a solar energy training center and will greatly benefit from the program. The training program will create benefits for the individual participants and the sustainable solar electrification that follows will bring about innumerable impacts for the beneficiary communities. The Barefoot College model is designed to ensure sustainability of fiscal, human, and technological resources by training solar engineers from the community who will collect small monthly payments from beneficiaries.
To complete this project, John utilized relationships and language skills that he began accumulating during five months in Zanzibar in 2011 studying natural resource management. Additionally, his previous work for Barefoot College in the Kingdom of Tonga helped inform his work in Zanzibar.
“As our first field presence in both the Pacific and East Africa regions, John’s ability to develop a series of implementation protocols and frameworks has been invaluable,” said Fallone. “His deep commitment to integration within the communities has allowed him an unparalleled advantage to make recommendations that will lead to additional sustainability and self-sufficiency.”
The Capstone Project is the third of three major field projects in the Clinton School curriculum. John will graduate May 2014 after defending his Capstone project to Clinton School faculty.
About Barefoot College
Barefoot College is a non-governmental organization that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable. These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorized into the delivery of Solar Electrification, Clean Water, Education, Livelihood Development, and Activism. With a geographic focus on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), we believe strongly in Empowering Women as agents of sustainable change.
More information about Barefoot College is available at http://www.barefootcollege.org/.
The McLarty Global Fellows Program, a philanthropic endeavor established by Mack and Donna McLarty, has announced a five-year partnership with Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international non-governmental organization focused on women’s empowerment around the world. This partnership will provide fellowships to students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Sam M. Walton College of Business, and J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences to work at the Vital Voices headquarters in Washington, D.C. The fellowships will be offered beginning in the fall of 2014.
“Donna and I began the McLarty Global Fellows Program as a way to support the important work being done to promote women’s engagement and entrepreneurship around the world. We are pleased that Vital Voices has agreed to partner with us, and we are confident that both the students and the organization will benefit from the experience,” Mack McLarty said.
In September of last year, Vital Voices and the McLarty Global Fellows Program, along with more than 20 other partner organizations including Walmart, Exxon-Mobil and Coca-Cola announced a Commitment to Action through the Clinton Global Initiative. The commitment will track and measure at least $1.5 billion in global contract opportunities for women-owned businesses based outside of the U.S., and develop a more effective and efficient channel to identify and scale high-growth women-owned businesses.
Donna Cochran McLarty co-founded Vital Voices Global Partnership and serves on its board of directors. “Our mission is to identify, invest in, and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by encouraging their leadership potential” Mrs. McLarty said. “When we support women, we are also lifting families, strengthening communities, and enhancing prospects for peace,” Mrs. McLarty said.
McLarty Global Fellows and Vital Voices selected two students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service: Anna Applebaum and Tshering Yudon. Both students will work with Vital Voices in the fall of 2014.
President and CEO Alyse Nelson states, “We are grateful to the McLartys for their visionary leadership and steadfast support of our organization and the women we serve. We are delighted to welcome these two academic stars to our offices in DC and are grateful to them for devoting their time and considerable talent to advancing the work of extraordinary women leaders around the world.”
Donna and Mack McLarty graduated from the University of Arkansas, where Mr. McLarty was President of the Associated Student Government (ASG).
ABOUT MCLARTY GLOBAL FELLOWS PROGRAM
The McLarty Global Fellows Program was established in 2011 to provide college and graduate students with the opportunity to engage in substantive international work in the areas of economic empowerment, human rights, and political participation. Founded by Thomas F. McLarty, III and Donna Cochran McLarty, the program is based in Little Rock, Arkansas and Washington, D.C.
ABOUT VITAL VOICES GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. The organization trains and mentors women leaders as agents of transformative change in economic development, human rights and political participation. The Vital Voices Global Leadership Network includes more than 14,000 leaders representing 144 countries who have trained and mentored 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities. Visit www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.
ABOUT THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these
commitments will be valued at $103 billion. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org; on Twitter: @ClintonGlobal; and on Facebook: facebook.com/