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The Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service are working together to support the community’s efforts to assist the victims of the recent violent storms in Pulaski, Faulkner, and White Counties. They will work in partnership with the Arkansas Foodbank. The Foundation and School will open Choctaw Station during normal business hours to serve as a primary drop-off location for goods donated by people in Central Arkansas. The Foodbank has request the following items: pop-top entrees, fruit cups, pudding cups, individual assorted juices, crackers, peanut butter, Vienna sausage, Beanie Weenies, canned tuna, canned chicken, shelf-stable milk, individual servings of cereal, granola bars, energy bars, energy drinks, Gatorade, and plastic spoon and fork kits.
Wednesday, April 30 through Saturday, May 17, 2014
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Saturday
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Choctaw Station, which is located on the Clinton Center campus and houses the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
To make a donation to the Arkansas Food Bank via e-mail, go to arkansasfoodbank.org.
Scott Curran, a 2006 Clinton School graduate, has been named General Counsel of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. He began working with the Foundation in 2006 and has been serving as Deputy General Counsel since December 2012.
In his new role, he will manage the Foundation’s legal matters and provide strategic counsel to the Clinton Foundation leadership regarding the operations, partnerships, and programs of the organization. He is also on the board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Before attending the Clinton School, he received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in speech communications and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Scott and his wife, Amy and their two children, live in Chicago.
In partnership with Feed Communities, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service graduate student Cathrine Schwader of Rogers, Ark. conducted an assessment of the healthy food options available in food pantries and community meals.
Schwader interviewed food assistance organizations in Benton and Washington counties to learn about their current practices with an emphasis in understanding the ability of organizations to provide fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods.
“Increasing access to healthy food and improving healthy food choices are Feed Communities two primary goals,” said Melissa Terry, programs coordinator at Feed Communities “This study is relevant for our regional programs in that it helps us determine where, when and how we can coordinate fresh food recovery and distribution initiatives from our regional grocery retailers directly to community meal programs.”
According to the national hunger relief organization, Feeding America, 63,460 people in Benton and Washington counties are food insecure. Many of these people use food assistance organizations to help feed their families. It is important to know how these vital organizations operate, if they are able to provide healthy foods, and what challenges they face in serving the community. Many organizations are currently only able to offer fresh fruits and vegetables on a limited basis due difficulties involved in sourcing and storage of fresh produce.
In addition to a report that analyzes the results of the interviews, the assessment includes a map of the organizations providing food assistance, which will help Feed Communities in a food recovery program that connects local businesses with food assistance organizations to redirect edible food that would otherwise get thrown away.
Schwader 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 Feed Communities:
Feed Communities is an incorporated 501(c)(3) organization founded with the vision of supporting and expanding local food systems as a means of providing durable solutions for food security. Feed Communities works with individuals, organizations, schools, universities, government agencies and foundations to create sustainable partnerships for increasing access to healthy foods and improving healthy food choices.
More information about Feed Communities can be found at www.feedcommunities.org.
Second-year graduate student, Lauren Remedios from Bangalore, India, returned to her home country last year to design a Barefoot Solar Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit for Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan to measure the impacts of the solar energy initiative on women’s empowerment, quality of life, and environmental sustainability.
A “Barefoot Solution” of Solar Energy begun in 1986, answered the electrical needs of the rural poor without jeopardizing natural /non-renewable sources. It started by training semi-literate Indian women to become Barefoot Solar Engineers, thus challenging the assumptions of formal education. Barefoot College demystified solar technology making it available to poor and neglected communities in sixty-four countries. Annually, around sixty semi-literate/unschooled women from least developed countries assemble in Tilonia, Rajasthan, and immerse themselves in a six-month solar engineering training program. The women train to create, install, repair, and maintain solar home lighting systems. Additionally, the solar engineers learn to fabricate solar cookers and solar water heaters. This training takes place in a hands-on and practical environment; the women learn by hand-signals, colors, and drawings because no one speaks a common language at the training campus. Upon returning to their villages, the women electrify each household in their communities with solar power by installing photovoltaic systems.
In her capstone project, Lauren designed a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) toolkit for the Barefoot Solar Initiative to measure the impact of access to renewable energy. This toolkit will be used in sixty-four countries that have implemented the Solar Initiative and will be translated into thirty-six different languages.
Barefoot’s ground partners, i.e. the local NGO that provides logistic support in each country, will use the M&E kit. Lauren’s kit will ensure the NGO’s active role in monitoring and strategic decision-making, tracking impacts and outcomes. Most importantly, the M&E toolkit is flexible to changing interventions in different countries and contexts.
Barefoot College is a complex multi-level organization that, until now, has had no formal M&E system. The main thrust of Lauren’s project was to investigate and assess the solar implementation in rural communities, to develop indicators, and design the M&E toolkit to facilitate Barefoot College.
“Our ability to analyze impact on a global scale was at last facilitated by Lauren’s ability to bridge a grass roots mission with a global vision,” said Meagan Fallone, Global strategy and development officer at Barefoot College.
About The Barefoot College:
In 1971, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy set up Barefoot College in a small community called Tilonia in Rajasthan, India. The drive to set up the College was and is to find simple, sustainable, and local solutions to water, renewable energy, education, healthcare, and livelihood. Following the lifestyle of Gandhi, the College is the only organization built by the poor, for the poor, and for the last forty-three years, it is managed, controlled, and owned by the poor.
- More information about The Barefoot College is available at www.barefootcollege.org
- Barefoot College TED Talk http://www.ted.com/talks/bunker_roy.html?embed=true
For her final capstone project, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Abby Olivier of Hattiesburg, Miss., studied the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Arkansas.
Olivier partnered with the Arkansas Insurance Department’s Arkansas Health Connector Division to help plan and execute insurance enrollment events around the state. Through this partnership, she spoke with In-Person Assisters (IPAs) on challenges and successes of engaging their communities to enroll in a healthcare plan. She also interviewed various experts and stakeholders in the field of health insurance enrollment and health policy.
With this information, she wrote a case analysis study of the open enrollment period with a special focus on the challenges and successes of community engagement. She analyzed the most effective strategies various IPA organizations and healthcare institutions participated in to enroll Arkansans and reflected on best practices for future enrollment periods.**
“Engaging the community effectively is essential to our job in helping consumers enroll,” said Jarrod Johnson, Deputy Communications Director of the Arkansas Health Connector. “It’s important that we analyzed what worked best and what could be improved.”
**In early March, the Arkansas State Legislature passed an amendment in SB111, now Act 257, that prohibits funding for marketing and outreach for the Private Option and the federal Insurance Marketplace.
“Ending World Hunger: Meeting the Challenge,” Ambassador David Lane
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Ambassador David Lane is the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and the chief of the United States Mission to the United Nation Agencies in Rome, Italy. He has served in leadership roles in the President Obama and the President Clinton administrations, including assistant to President Obama, counselor to the chief of staff, and chief of staff to the United States Secretary of Commerce, as well as executive director to the National Economic Council under President Clinton. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of the ONE Campaign, an international advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. During his tenure with the ONE Campaign, he successfully merged two organizations and drove strategic initiatives on issues ranging from food security and effective governance to global health and economic development.
“The Rule of Nobody,” author Philip Howard
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
Phillip Howard calls “The Rule of Nobody” a guide for how to liberate human ingenuity to meet the challenges of this century. He argues that America has lost the authority needed to support a free society and makes the claim that our government is broken, and from that comes wasteful government spending, rising debt, failing schools, expensive health care, and economic hardship. Howard concludes that our democracy must be radically simplified and rebuilt on a foundation of individual responsibility and accountability, and calls the book a guide for how to liberate human ingenuity to meet the challenges of this century.
Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Alex Jones is the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Laurence M. Lombard lecturer in Press and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1987 while covering the press for the New York Times. His most recent book, “Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy” was published in August 2009 and explored the changing U.S. media landscape and its implications for American democracy. Jones sits on the boards of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, International Center for Journalists, Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists, Harvard Magazine, the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, along with other professional organizations.
“Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences,” professor John Hibbing
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
John Hibbing is a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of “Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences.” Hibbing claims our biological predispositions are responsible for a significant portion of the political and ideological conflict that we witness every day. In “Predisposed,” Hibbing presents evidence that people differ politically, not just because they grew up in different cultures or were presented with different information, but because people have diverse psychological, physiological, and genetic traits. These biological differences influence much of what makes people who they are, including their orientations to politics.
“The Jennifer Schuett Case Study”
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
In August of 1990, Jennifer Schuett was only eight years old when she was kidnapped, brutally raped and left for dead in Dickinson, Texas. Desperate to find her attacker, Schuett collaborated with a local detective and a federal agent in 2008 and one year later, her attacker was captured through DNA evidence. Jennifer Schuett will share her inspiring story of healing in the face of a life-altering attack, as well as a rape survivor’s view of the frustrations and triumphs of working closely with law enforcement on her journey of almost 20 years to seek justice.
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Concurrent University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law student Alexandra Rodery Rouse, while working with the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, created a nonprofit advocacy manual.
The manual was created to provide necessary information on involving nonprofits in the important political discussions that impact the nonprofit sector. Rouse sought to improve the involvement and engagement of nonprofits with local and national leaders, policy makers and citizen groups, to bring awareness of the nonprofit causes to result in sound public policy.
The goal of the advocacy manual is to be a single source for information specific to Arkansas nonprofit advocacy measures. It will quicken the research time by nonprofit leaders and serve to elevate confidence levels in advocacy through information.
“The importance of nonprofit advocacy has become more evident during the past few years from threats of reductions to the charitable giving incentive to cuts in AmeriCorps due to sequestration, but many nonprofits feel isolated from the advocacy realm.” Stephanie Meincke, president and CEO of the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance.
In creating the manual, Rouse researched the current nonprofit advocacy landscape in Arkansas at both the state and federal level, the current legal and practical realities of advocacy, and then created a compilation of advocacy information and successful strategies to engage and educate nonprofits of their rights and limitations.
The manual will be available for the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance members and potentially the general public.
This post was origiannly published by the Crossroads Coalition, which can be found here.
Eastern Arkansas has everything it needs to create a business incubator system capable of creating an economic revolution, according to students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Speaking at Mid-South Community College on Thursday, April 3, the graduate students discussed their research, thoughts, and conclusions while presenting “Advancing Entrepreneurial Development through Business Incubation,” sponsored by the East Arkansas Crossroads Coalition.
“If you take nothing else away from this presentation, please let it be that this is absolutely feasible in your community,” said Dani Folks of Austin, Tex., a graduate of Texas Christian University with degrees in anthropology and social work. “You have a great set of assets in place.”
Folks, David Ford of Cleveland, Ohio, and Thato Masire of Botswana completed a comprehensive, five-state study of leading entrepreneurial development organizations and designed an innovative framework to meet the specific needs of the Arkansas Delta.
The students visited twelve existing business support organizations, interviewing experts in the field and examining key attributes, procedures, and practices. Additionally, the team conducted a series of meetings with community members and elected officials to determine the assets and needs of Crittenden County.
“We have worked very closely with this great team the last eight months, and they have done some fantastic research,” said Heather Maxwell, executive director of the Crossroads Coalition. “They took a very vague project concept and, through research, interviews and hours and hours dedicated to the project, moved us from a ‘wouldn’t this be cool if?’ idea to ‘this is how you could do it, and these are some of the best models you could employ.’”
Ford, who discussed job creation, funding, partnerships, and mentoring, said everything is in place for a successful incubator model in eastern Arkansas.
“You need an economic revolution, and you have everything you need in this region to build, sustain, and revitalize your communities,” said Ford, a U.S. Army veteran who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Ohio University. “From what we’ve observed, you have leaders everywhere.”
Attendees of the presentation included Dr. Glen Fenter, President of Mid-South Community College, far right. Photo by Don Threm.
Ford pointed out that the U.S. features more than 1,200 successful incubator projects.
“Incubators are a powerful tool in helping new business launch and existing firms grow,” he said. “The goal of an incubator is to get entrepreneurs with great ideas the resources needed to launch their firms.”
Masire talked about the history of business incubators and said communities throughout the U.S. are using them to support new companies and aspiring entrepreneurs.
“Business incubation is a program that provides small businesses with a nurturing environment needed to develop global focuses,” he explained. “The goal is to increase the chance that business startups can succeed.”
Upon implementation, an incubator program has the potential to create jobs, retain local talent, and provide access to entrepreneurial education.
Folks said the vision of the East Arkansas Business Incubator “is to create a community center for entrepreneurial support from the ‘crazy idea’ stage, to the launch, to the scaling up of businesses and the reinvention of businesses.
“Your incubator should be the front door for innovative ideas in your region,” Folks said. “You want your clients to know that they are never more than two steps away from the right person, entity, or organization to work with them. And everybody in the community needs to be involved in the effort.”
The Clinton School students are working under the direction of assistant professor Dr. Warigia Bowman.
“I have the privilege and pleasure to work with three outstanding students,” Bowman said. “They are very smart, hardworking, and entrepreneurial. This is a well-balanced team in a lot of different ways, and I’m excited about the work they’ve done.”
Maxwell said the interest in seeking assistance from the Clinton School came after a trip by the Delta Leadership Institute to New Orleans.
Crossroads Coalition Executive Director Heather Maxwell introduces the Clinton School of Public Service practicum team, who spent the last year researching business incubators in the South. Photo by Don Threm.
“We visited a social enterprise incubator, and what they were doing was community revitalization through social enterprise,” she explained. “It really hit home to me that what they were doing would work in our part of the world.
“They were taking a very low-income area of New Orleans, somewhat remote, and they went block by block partnering social and community needs with small business and entrepreneurship. That model could certainly work of us in east Arkansas.”
Following the students’ presentation, John Auker, Delta Cuisine, and Matt Hampton, Elevate Entrepreneurship Systems, moderated a group discussion. Auker and Hampton are both involved in incubator and entrepreneurship efforts at MSCC.
Those being invited to the school’s graduation are encouraged to bring new toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and other new personal hygiene items. Donation boxes will be placed at the entrance of the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center where the 2 p.m. ceremony will take place. Tax-deductible check contributions can also be made to the Jericho Way Resource Center and either brought to the ceremony or mailed to: Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.
“As part of our school’s ongoing commitment to public service, we have promoted giving as an important part of our graduation ceremony,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “If every high school and college in the country did this, it would have a tremendous impact at the local level.”
Previous Clinton School graduation donation recipients include Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS); Our House; the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Mobile Dental Clinic; and the Van.