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Policy Solutions Challenge USA is a national competition among teams of students from U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to develop innovative solutions to the most important policy problems facing the country.
These students represent the next generation of skilled policy analysts, prepared by the schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to draw upon the tools of economics, statistics, political science, organizational management and law to design new responses to the difficult issues confronting federal, state and local governments. If the U.S. is to thrive in the 21st century, these professionally trained policy analysts must contribute actively to shaping public policy.
Here are the teams that have been invited to the semifinal round of competition in 2016:
The Hope Fund was established in 2009 to provide funds to Clinton School students to better assist their partner organizations. Jericho Way is currently the partner organization of student Amanda Cullen, Class 10.
A new food pantry for students, faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has opened in the Donaghey Student Center on the UALR campus.
Click here to support the UALR campus food pantry. (Be sure to type “Trojan Food Pantry” in the “Where would you like your donation to go” box.)
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service invites non-profits, government agencies, businesses, foundations or other organizations working on issues of social change to submit ideas for field projects to be accomplished during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Clinton School students are working toward their Masters of Public Service degrees. In their field projects, they apply what they are learning in the classroom to real public service projects.
The Clinton School is currently accepting proposals for Practicum and Capstone field projects.
Practicum projects are selected by the Clinton School and accomplished by small teams of students from September 2016 through May 2017. Applications for Practicum projects are due on April 8, 2016.
Individual students select Capstone projects based on their career goals. Students devote over 250 hours to implementing their Capstones, which begin at different times of the year depending on student course schedules. Proposals for Capstone projects are accepted on a rolling basis through August 2016.
In addition to fulfilling degree requirements, the projects allow Clinton School students to add value to the organizations they partner with.
An information session for interested organizations will be held on Thursday, March 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Sturgis Hall. To attend, click here.
“The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is very pleased to be partnering again with Clinton School students,” said Patty Barker, Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign Director. “We are excited to be able to expand the great research provided by last year’s Practicum team showing the positive effects of offering free school breakfast to all students can have on student achievement, which will help our No Kid Hungry stakeholders set key policy priorities to improve educational opportunities for all Arkansas children.”
Clinton School field projects include work such as:
“The students, the partner organizations, and the community have all benefited from the field service projects,” said Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School. “We encourage interested organizations to submit proposals to work with us next year.”
If you are unable to attend the information session and/or would like additional information about the application process, contact Hilary Trudell at email@example.com or 501-683-5200.
Welcome to The Dean’s List! The Dean’s List will profile up-and-comers in Memphis who are certain to be the next group of leaders in the nonprofit, corporate, government, and faith communities. The Dean’s List is curated by Kevin Dean, the Executive Director of Literacy Mid-South.
Kayla Brooks, 27, is the Network Facilitator for Seeding Success, a nonprofit that collaborates with corporate, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations to ensure every child graduates high school prepared for college, career & success in life. Though she may work behind the scenes, but her impact on Memphis is huge. She coordinates hundreds of agencies to align their work, which could be a daunting task for many. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Clinton School of Public Service, Kayla returned to her hometown to make a difference. Kayla is a rising star to watch! She has a big future ahead of her!
Why do you call Memphis home?
Memphis is home because I was born and raised here. There is a soothing calm that comes over me whenever I cross the bridge returning home.
What do you think is Memphis’ greatest challenge?
I think Memphis’ greatest challenge is education. We are not where we want/should be as far as reading scores are concerned. The future of our city depends on how well we prepare our children. Education helps reduce crime and poverty rates and will improve health. That said, I am confident that this is an issue our community can tackle together.
Tell us why your job is important for Memphis.
I would not necessarily say my job is important, but rather the work I am collectively engaged in is important. I along with other community partners are working together to improved education outcomes cradle to career for youth in Shelby County. In particular, I work with organizations in the out-of-school and after school space. My role is to support these organizations in determining how to work collectively and independently in order to better serve their students and families.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen (so far) in Memphis?
The strangest things I have seen in Memphis are bike lanes in neighborhood where people do not bike.
If one of your friends was coming to Memphis to visit and wanted you to build their itinerary, what would it look like?
If I had a friend travel to Memphis his or her itinerary would probably include a tour of the Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum, and Slave Haven. This would be followed by a picnic lunch by the river or bbq at A&R on Elvis Presley. Depending on the time of year we may check out a Grizzlies or Redbirds Game. Evening activities may include: live music at Memphis Sound Lounge, a play at Hattiloo, or dancing at Prohibition Lounge.
What’s the one Memphis restaurant you couldn’t live without?
I could not live without Lenny’s I am addicted to the Philly Cheesesteak.
What makes Memphis different from other cities?
Memphis a gem and we don’t know it. I think that is what makes us different from other cities. We are our own best kept secret. I hear leaders and people influence discuss the need to recruit talent here. I hear Memphians talk about moving to other cities because those places have this or that. I think people do not realize that there is a wealth of untapped talent here. There are a wealth of activities here, you just have to expand your horizons. There is so much history in this place, especially Black history. The Orange Mound and Douglass communities are examples, just to name a few. Memphis is different from other cities because we think something greater exists elsewhere, but greater is right at home.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I love to write and to travel.
Hopefully in 10 years I will have been able to infuse those passions into something meaningful and financially fruitful. I enjoy working in education and plan to continually engage in this work.
What’s the one misconception people have about Memphis that is simply untrue?
The biggest misconception is that you will get killed, shot, or robbed. That’s just not true.
What area of town is your favorite and why?
The downtown riverfront is my favorite area of town. I love to watch the water. It is also great inspiration when I am looking for something to write.
What can Memphians do to make a difference in our community?
There are several things that Memphians can do to make a difference in our community.We can all vote in EVERY election and hold our officials accountable. We can take the initiative to improve things in our community if there is something wrong e.g. pick up trash, volunteer at the local school, etc.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I always tell people Memphis is full of great things and full of problems just like any other city. However, I believe Memphis is a place for passionate people interested in change and who are not afraid of hard work. It is a place for change makers. This is why I made it my home.
Russell Carey’s career path has included several years at a retail giant, a summer in South Africa, studies at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and research work on foster care placement.
His varied work experiences have left Russell well prepared for his current role as a program associate at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he has numerous responsibilities.
“I get to work on a large number of projects, including our statewide Expect More initiative, technical and capacity assistance for individual nonprofits, leadership development, and grants management,” he said. “I work on removing barriers to nonprofit success, increasing philanthropic transparency, and making connections between business, government, education, and communities that will lead to family-supporting careers and prosperity for all Arkansans.”
The latest stop on Russell’s journey is as a member of the 2015-2016 Class of Hull Fellows.
“The Hull Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to engage with my peers who are working on a broad range of missions with organizations that represent the spectrum of philanthropy,” he said. “As a fellow, I’m building my own leadership skills, and strengthening relationships across states and organizations.”
While Russell is relatively new to Southern Philanthropy – he joined the staff of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in 2013 – he’s well-versed in the ideas and skills that drive the sector today: data, research, evaluation, technology, development of best practices and more.
During his first year at the Clinton School, Russell helped the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services research national and international best practices for placement and services for teens and young adults in the foster care system. He spent the summer of 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa, as a social media consultant for the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre. He also spent several years at the corporate offices of the Dillard’s department store company, analyzing and interpreting merchandise sales data.
Studying at the Clinton School exposed him to the philanthropic field he now considers home.
“At the Clinton School, I was able to take courses on leadership and transformational philanthropy, and during these studies I was blessed to connect with the amazing organization that would become my job,” he said.
Russell, who lives in Little Rock, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in public service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. His interests include running, soccer, graphic arts and design.
In this week following the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Clinton School students reflect on a few events in which they participated, and why the topics of peace making, community building, and passion for leaving the world in a better place than you found it, extends beyond the 24 hours of MLK Day. This piece was written by students Akaylah Jones and Katherine Brown, with photos by Michael Watson
On January 16, 2016, Clinton School students traveled to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. For some, this was their first visit to this most comprehensive and powerful museum. The emotional walk through the Lorraine Hotel room 306 where Dr. King spent his last hours was a silent and reflective experience, after taking in the impacts of the past and present civil rights movements throughout the U.S. and the world.
In the language of the Apostle Paul, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “became all things to all people”. He was a leader, a martyr, a revolutionary, and a pacifist. He was a husband, father, mentor, and friend. He was an icon and Moses to a people looking for the Promised Land.
However, in all this, one thing we forget is that Dr. King was an imperfect man. In celebrating the man, we acknowledge our own strength and ability to achieve great things. We are fallible humans in a broken world, but in the spirit of unity we have strength to wage war against injustice.
In his final speech, Dr. King says, “I’ve been to the mountain top.” Peering over the edge, I’m sure he saw a landscape forever changed by the Movement he would die for. Yet, we still have a long way to go.
On Martin Luther King Day, a group of Clinton School students engaged in discussions about ways to promote peace with our neighbors at Jericho Way Day Resource Center. While wrestling with the question of how we get to peace, various solutions, generous insights, and reflections were shared with openness.
We must make an intentional choice to seek peace and equity for the greater good. It is necessary to recognize the humanity of all people knowing that we all have something to contribute to the work of building peace. This starts by first acknowledging both our fallible nature and celebrating every individual’s ability to think rationally, to take responsibility, and to take action.
It is this fundamental truth, active in our lives, which transforms the memory of a fallible man – Dr. King- into a perpetuated legacy.
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“Global Shifts in Markets, Business and Geopolitics: What It’s Going to Take to Be Successful,” Dambisa Moyo, award-winning author
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author from Lusaka, Zambia who examines the interplay of macroeconomics and international business with the global economy. In her work, she also highlights the key opportunities for investment, capitalizing on her ability to translate trends in markets, politics, and economics into their likely impact on global business. Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME Magazine, Moyo is the author of three New York Times best-selling books: Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa; How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly – And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead; and her most recent book, Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World. In Winner Take All, Moyo analyzes the commodity dynamics that the world will face over the next several decades. In particular, the book explores the financial and geopolitical implications of China’s rush for hard commodities (metals and minerals) and soft commodities (timber and food) in a world of diminishing resources. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at Oxford University and holds an MPA from Harvard University, a B.S. in Chemistry and an MBA in Finance at American University in Washington, D.C.
“Diabetes in Arkansas,” a community conversation
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:00 – 8:00p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– According to the latest statistics available through the Centers for Disease Control, from 1994 to 2013, the percent of adults in Arkansas diagnosed with diabetes more than doubled – from approximately 5% to over 11%. This community conversation will bring Arkansans together to talk about how to best address this growing and costly disease in our communities and our state. Following a brief presentation about the research that went into developing the discussion guide that will be used, participants will engage in discussion facilitated by Clinton School students and alumni to explore various approaches to addressing diabetes in Arkansas. Light refreshments will be served.
“Expect More Arkansas: Our Jobs, Our Future,” with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Nearly 70 percent of jobs in Arkansas today require a high school diploma or less, and only about 30 percent require a postsecondary credential. Though Arkansas is poised for significant job growth over the next decade, the 70/30 split is projected to remain. Researchers from MDC, Inc. will present the findings of a report commissioned by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Where the Jobs Are, Opportunity and Challenges in Arkansas Employment, that answers the question “How can we make sure tomorrow’s jobs are better than today’s?” Following the presentation, Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, will moderate a panel of business, community, and government leaders to learn what we can do now to begin to expect more for Arkansas’s educational and economic future.
“Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth about China’s Economic Miracle,” Jeremy Haft
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Jeremy Haft, author and adjunct professor at Georgetown University who lectures in both the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the McDonough School of Business, has spent two decades starting and building companies in China across sectors of the economy. In his book Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth about China’s Economic Miracle, Haft explores the hidden world of China’s intricate supply chains and tells the story of systemic risk in Chinese manufacturing and what this means for the United States. He has also authored other books covering China’s economy, including All the Tea in China: How to Buy, Sell, and Make Money on the Mainland, which presents best practices for importing, exporting, and doing business in China.
“Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement,” Devery Anderson
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Devery Anderson is the author of Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. He was determined early on to seek out the facts of the brutal, racially motivated murder of Emmett Till and bring them to light. Emmett Till offers a comprehensive account of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and its aftermath, while also telling the story of the 14 year-old African American boy from Chicago. Till’s death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and helped spur the civil rights movement in the United States.
Larry Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at USAID
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Larry Sampler serves as Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs leading USAID’s efforts for the agency’s two largest missions. Previously, he was Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the same office, working on Afghanistan and management issues. Before that, Sampler was Vice President and Director of the Communities in Transition Division of Creative Associates International. A recipient of the Constitutional Medal from President Hamid Karzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Sampler has served the private sector, in the military, and in post and intra-conflict missions of both the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations.
“The Good Story: Inspiring Leadership,” Leigh Hafrey
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Leigh Hafrey, author and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has worked in professional ethics for over two decades, with a focus on ethical leadership, teaching college courses at Harvard Business School and MIT and consulting for private organizations around the world. For 17 years, along with his wife, Sandra Naddaff, Hafrey was a co-Master of Mather House, one of the 12 residential complexes in Harvard College. In his most recent book, War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading, Hafrey covers the arc of military American self-perception on the screen, in print, and in public conversation over the past 20 years.
“Black & Brown Lives: Justice Over Social Divides” a panel discussion
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– This panel discussion will focus on case studies that show how Black Lives Matter has come to function as a banner that has unified many other social movements. The speakers will draw from their own professional experiences as “teaching artists” and organizers to discuss movements, including work recently published by professor Dave Stovall about the speakers’ involvement in the development of the Little Village Lawndale High School Campus, an award-winning school whose construction is a story of creative, youth-led community building.
Esmeralda Baltazar is a visual artist and educator at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN, where she works with a number of cultural organizing and youth initiatives across the southern United States that focus on building multilingual spaces and multicultural coalition building.
Aquil Charlton is a hip-hop musician and visual artist who currently is an artist in residence at Chicago’s Urban Gateways and ALT-City ensembles. In 2011, Charlton traveled to Pakistan as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department before accepting a U.S. State Department One Beat fellowship.
This is part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.
“Why Americans Love to Hate Polls,” Andy Smith
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Andy Smith, the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, will look at the development of the modern political poll, why they have become so common, and the impact they have on politics and policy today. The Survey Center is a nonpartisan, academic public opinion research center for governments, nonprofits, and faculty researchers. Smith is also an associate professor in the University of New Hampshire department of political science, focusing his research on survey methodology, elections, and public policy.
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Arkansas could be doing a better job of reaching out to Latino families to get health insurance for their kids. That’s one finding in a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.
Arkansas’ uninsured rate for Hispanic children is 11 percent, comparable to the national average, but more than double the uninsured rate for all children in the state. Marquita Little, health policy director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, says while historic gains have been made since the Affordable Care Act has taken effect, the state could make more progress.
“We’ve expanded Medicaid coverage and extended that coverage to adults,” says Little. “That’s helped, because if parents enroll in coverage, they also enroll their children. But we could also implement a federal option that would remove many of the barriers that allow children who legally reside in our state to enroll in our ARKids First program.”
She explains children in many Hispanic families face a five-year waiting period to enroll in the ARKids First program. She says taking advantage of the federal option would remove that barrier without costing the state additional money.
Little says one common challenge is covering families of mixed immigration status.
“That creates a barrier a lot of times,” says Little. “Because of misinformation about how immigration status within a family may impact a child’s eligibility for coverage.”
She says if children are U.S. citizens and meet the other eligibility requirements, their family’s immigration status has no bearing on getting them covered.
To fight the misconceptions about coverage, education and outreach are critically important, says Sonya Schwartz, policy fellow with the Georgetown Center.
“We’re focusing a lot right now on the outreach and enrollment aspect, because this is the end of the open enrollment period, there are two more weeks for people to enroll in ‘healthcare.gov’ and state marketplaces,” says Schwartz. “And so, we want to make sure that we reach all the remaining eligible but uninsured Hispanic kids.”
The report says nationwide, most of the 1.7 million uninsured Hispanic children are eligible for coverage but haven’t been enrolled.