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The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has welcomed more than 30 scholars with a vast array of experience, education, and expertise to take part in the Scholars in Residence program since its inception in 2009.
The Center on Community Philanthropy was created to focus its teaching, research, and leadership development exclusively on the emerging field of community philanthropy, the idea of giving time, talent, and treasure to build stronger communities from within.
Presidents, CEOs, executive directors, and university chancellors are among the leaders the Scholars in Residence program has brought to Little Rock. Their experiences include areas of expertise in economic development, community wealth building, racial equity, disaster recovery, public health, and social justice, among others. Each scholar writes an essay on community philanthropy, and each is highlighted in the Center’s series of compendiums. Many have delivered programs as part of the Clinton School Speaker Series.
“The residency gives these scholars the chance to further their own thinking about community philanthropy and public service,” said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Associate Professor and Director Center on Community Philanthropy. “It is at this intersection of theory and practice where the best opportunity for new innovation exists.”
Collectively, the scholars bring experience from various local, national, and international philanthropic organizations including the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Haas Institute, Arkansas Community Foundation, Cleveland Community Foundation, and The Andrew Mellon Foundation. Major nonprofit organizations such as Independent Sector and National Institution of Early Education Research have also welcomed their executive leaders into the program.
“Charlotte Williams has done an outstanding job bringing some of the country’s most influential names in philanthropy to the Clinton School,” said James L. “Skip” Rutherford III, Dean of the Clinton School. “Her book, ‘Passing the Torch,’ is an excellent resource for both nonprofit leaders and young people looking toward a career in public service.”
In addition to the Scholars in Residence program, the Center also hosts Researchers in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty. These scholars spend an entire semester at the Clinton School conducting targeted research or working with a local nonprofit to collect, organize, and analyze data to advance practice and performance of its mission. Scholars in this category have come from major universities such as the University of Florida, University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University Northwest.
In 2019, the Center will host Tonya Allen, President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, Mich., as its spring Scholar in Residence. Allen is considered the architect of the “Good Neighborhoods Initiative,” a multimillion dollar philanthropic, nonprofit, for-profit, and government collaborative focused on revitalizing inner-city communities in Detroit. This work is the topic of the recent book, “A twenty-first century approach to community change: Partnering to improve life outcomes for youth and families in under-served neighborhoods.”
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is now accepting applications for enrollment in its Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program for the fall of 2019.
Those interested in applying for fall 2019 enrollment can apply online now. The MPS application deadline is January 20, 2019. Visit the Clinton School’s MPS FAQ page for more information.
Competitive applicants will have a strong academic background, along with a demonstrated passion for helping others through public service.
The Clinton School MPS application is test-optional and there is no application fee required.
The first school in the nation to offer a master’s degree in public service, the Clinton School welcomes students who are interested in pursuing or enhancing their careers in a variety of industries, including nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental work.
The Clinton School MPS program also offers concurrent degree programs in law, public health, and business. Partnerships with those degree programs include the Sam M. Walton College of Business (Master in Business Administration) at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; The Fay W. Boozman School of Public Health (Master of Public Health) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS); and the William H. Bowen School of Law (Juris Doctor) at UA Little Rock.
Clinton School alums enjoy positions in government, education, and nonprofits, as well as sectors like business development, entrepreneurship, and fundraising. The unique partnerships afforded by the Clinton School enable matching opportunities with organizations and businesses around the world.
“Students at the Clinton School combine skills learned in the classroom with experience gained in the field to provide positive outcomes for the national and international organizations they serve,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “I’m very proud of our high graduation rates, high career placement rates, and the many personal and professional opportunities our students receive during and following their two years of study.”
Modeled on President Bill Clinton’s vision of building leadership through civic engagement, the Clinton School offers a practical approach to learning through the combination of coursework and for-credit field service projects.
During the two-year, 40-credit hour program, Clinton School MPS students complete three field service projects: a team-based project in Arkansas during their first year; an international project during the summer after their first year; and a final individual project in an area of their own interest.
The program also offers the opportunity to learn and network with the Clinton School’s renowned speaker series. In its history, the series has hosted nearly 1,300 programs that have totaled over 200,000 attendees and more than 500,000 online views.
The series hosts more than 100 speakers per academic year, including senators, cabinet officials, ambassadors, academics, CEOs, philanthropists, authors, and journalists. The series has hosted 47 ambassadors, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 12 heads of state.
For more information on applying to the Clinton School, visit ClintonSchool.uasys.edu or contact the admissions office at email@example.com or (501) 683-5228.
The Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy is committed to promoting racial equity across the Delta region. As a part of this continuous effort, the Center is excited to announce the 2019 Community Philanthropy Advancing Equity Award. This exciting opportunity is offered to nonprofits, individuals, or faith-based groups who demonstrate innovative ways to promote equity and inclusion in their communities. This award seeks to encourage those who, through committing time and resources to expand diverse leadership within their communities, recognize the struggles specific to marginalized populations – particularly children and youth.
The Center is looking for applicants who utilize resources in their community to foster racial healing and promote racial equity. This award aims to serve those who are using innovative solutions to address inequalities in their communities and advance progress towards inclusion. These solutions should encourage the development of a pro-equity culture within their communities, while also making incremental, measurable, and visible progress towards racial equity.
The Advancing Equity Award will range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Learn more about the recipients of the 2018 Community Philanthropy Advancing Equity Award here.
How to Apply:
Submit a one-page letter of interest highlighting:
Applicants must submit the one-page letter of interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 20, 2018 with the email subject title “2019 AEA Application.” All applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their proposal.
About the Center on Community Philanthropy
Launched in 2007, the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy was created to focus its teaching, research and leadership development exclusively on the emerging field of community philanthropy, the idea of giving time, talent and treasure to build stronger communities from within.
For the 12th consecutive year, first-year students enrolled in the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service’s Master of Public Service degree program have compiled a list of books they recommend others to read.
The books will be on display at a drop-in reception on Thursday, September 20 at WordsWorth Books (5920 R Street) in The Heights from 5:15-6:30 p.m. All are welcome to visit to meet the students and hear about their wide range of reading selections.
“This always interesting and diverse book list has become a much-anticipated tradition here at the Clinton School,” said Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “We have requests for it from individuals, teachers, book clubs, libraries, and bookstores from all over the country.”
The Class of 2020 is charting its own course with its book selections. Ninety percent are new titles; only 10 percent have been recommended by previous classes. More than three quarters of the books are nonfiction, and nearly half of those are memoirs or biographies of women and men who are change-makers – from well-known politicians, such as Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened,” to Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie’s “Start Something That Matters,” to a soldier’s memoir, “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace.”
Several books question common cultural practices, including “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise of the Unruly Woman,” “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority,” and “Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder.”
“Overall, the theme of the books selected by the Class of 2020, both fiction and nonfiction, is one of questioning shared beliefs and making change at all levels – individual, community, national, and international,” said Lia Lent, WordsWorth Books co-owner.
The books will be on display at Sturgis Hall throughout the 2018-19 school year and will be added to the school’s permanent collection. Printed lists will also be available at WordsWorth Books in Little Rock and at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main library.
Recommended Reading from the Class of 2020
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solder
by Ishmael Beah
Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness
by Eric Metaxas
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brené Brown
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself
by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach
by Martha C. Nussbaum
Start Something That Matters
by Blake Mycoskie
Finding George Orwell in Burma
by Emma Larkin
Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid
by Jessica Alexander
by Paulo Coelho
If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For
by Jamie Tworkowski
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
A Colony in a Nation
by Chris Hayes
The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace
by John Paul Lederach
by Kahlil Gibran
by Keith Richards
Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
by Geneen Roth
Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning
by Leslie Odom, Jr.
by Richard Powers
Do What You Love! 6 Steps to Transforming Your Gifts into Wealth
by Ken Honda
The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority
by Tom Burrell
by Boniface Mwangi
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
What to Expect the First Year
by Heidi Murkoff
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace
by Rye Barcott
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo
by Judah Smith
Seriously … I’m Kidding
by Ellen DeGeneres
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
by Anne Helen Petersen
The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time
by Bob Harris
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Changes: A Love Story
by Ama Ata Aidoo
by Kurt Vonnegut
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed
Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Jerome Wilson, Jr.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service graduate Trish Flanagan (Class 7) is beginning her third year with the Future School of Fort Smith, a tuition-free public charter high school in Fort Smith, Ark.
“This year we’re really wrapped around focusing on academic performance,” Flanagan said. “We spent the first couple of years just getting the lights turned on and the internship program organized.”
Flanagan founded the Future School in 2016 and served as superintendent for the first two years. Its curriculum features personalized learning through student-designed internships, learning plans, and a dedicated advising team for each student. Enrollment has grown each year, rising to more than 250 students at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.
The intersection of education and entrepreneurship has played a consistent role in Flanagan’s career. Following several years abroad as a teacher in developing countries, she enrolled in the Clinton School’s concurrent MPS-MBA program in partnership with the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
She completed her UACS Capstone project in the UAF Office of Entrepreneurship, developing an education tool that facilitates a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurship. Flanagan’s graduate business plan competition team at UAF, Picasolar, won more than $300,000 in competitions for its plan built around a patent-pending process developed to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Upon graduation, she led UAF’s Social Entrepreneurship Pilot Initiative.
In 2013, she and fellow Clinton School alum Chad Williamson co-founded Noble Impact, a K-12 education initiative integrating public service with an entrepreneurial mindset.
“Just going through that program at the Clinton School and being a part of it has been helpful in so many ways,” Flanagan said. “One, it’s just the network of people. Before I graduated, it was the network of speakers, and now it has extended into the network of graduates, of alums, who I can call for anything and they’re all around the world doing these crazy, awesome, cool projects. To have that network globally is huge.”
What drew you to education?
Through social work. In college, I worked a lot in children’s shelters and halfway houses, and after I graduated from college I lived in San Francisco and did social work. I worked with homeless families, so I was looking at how to be more solutions-oriented rather than just putting out fires, and that was working with kids and school.
Is that what pushed you into entrepreneurship?
Same thing. I was always looking to see where there is system change that can take place rather than the individual.
What were your biggest takeaways from the Clinton School’s concurrent MPS-MBA program?
I think doing the concurrent program was a game-changer. You have completely different disciplines coming together. I think that having them in tandem is really important. After doing a lot of public service and social work and teaching, going through the business program my goal was to see what that thought process was like in terms of for-profit and growth and scale and all those business concepts.
I didn’t know what the entrepreneurship program was about but it ended up being the perfect fit because you apply that thought process of a startup, solving a problem via business. That was a big game-changer, just to have a few things, like tangible skills that I developed in the business program, developing a business plan and presenting or pitching to investors, just building every aspect of a business around a solution.
I think that’s a really strong piece to be able to have around any kind of social or public service work that you’d be doing as well.
This is your second time founding a school. How important was it to have gone through this process once before?
I think one of the few underlying components that I’ve seen, even in the solar company that we started, is dealing with uncertainty. You’re building something from scratch, so there really isn’t a road map. You can project certain things, but you’re just out on the open sea trying to figure it out as you go.
What that allows you, though, is the feeling that anything is possible. You look at every possible solution as a possibility instead of having assumptions about it. Because there is no road map and there is no precedent, it gives you the opportunity to look at things in ways you might not have thought of before.
One skill that I picked up at the Clinton School was from Dr. Singhal, who taught Liberating Structures. One of the practices he taught, the Troika Method, which we use all the time. I’ve used it with my students, with my team, to test our own assumptions. I love getting feedback from people on ideas in a different way.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service distinguished fellow Dr. Arvind Singhal will present the lecture “The Positive Deviance Approach: Solving Complex Problems from the Inside Out” as Hendrix College’s 2018 Mellon Scholar, on Thursday, October 4.
The event is set for Lecture Hall B of the Mills Center for Social Sciences on the Hendrix campus in Conway, Ark. The lecture begins at 4:15 p.m., with a reception to follow.
Singhal, a renowned communication and social change scholar from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), has been a William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School since 2009. An endowed professor of communication and director of research and outreach for the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies at UTEP, Singhal teaches Dynamics of Social Change, a required course dealing with the elements of social change in a democratic society.
Singhal’s research has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the U.N. Joint Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNICEF and others. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, UNICEF, the U.N. Development Program, UNAIDS, the U.S. Department of State; USAID, Family Health International, Save the Children, the BBC World Service Trust and others.
Positive Deviance (PD) is a novel approach to individual, organizational, and social change based on the observation that in every community there exist certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing worse challenges.
A leading scholar of the PD approach, Singhal has taught courses and implemented workshops on the positive deviance approach for educators, health practitioners, government officials, and business leaders in some 40 countries of Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
He has written nearly 200 peer-reviewed essays in leading journals of communication, public health, and social change, and written or edited 13 books, including Inspiring Change and Saving Lives: The Positive Deviance Way (2014); Health Communication in the 21st Century (2014); Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance (2010); and Protecting Children from Exploitation and Trafficking: Using the Positive Deviance Approach (2009).
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Senior Expo, set for Saturday, September 15, will include a political discussion on “Arkansas Seniors and the Upcoming Election” with Clinton School of Public Service Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III along with John Brummett (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette), Sylvester Smith (National Federation of Independent Business/Arkansas), and Bill Vickery (103.7 The Buzz). The panel will run from noon to 1 p.m.
This semester, Rutherford is teaching a Clinton School seminar, “The 2018 Elections: Midterm Madness.”
The expo, sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, offers seniors opportunities to learn and have fun. The all-day health and lifestyle expo will start at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center. It will be hosted by KARK meteorologist Pat Walker.
The event is free to the public and features local vendors, educational seminars, and entertainment geared toward Arkansans 55 and older, providing doctor panel Q&A sessions, free health screenings, and 15-minute private consultations.
For more information, visit ArkansasSeniorExpo.com or call 501-378-3807.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service graduates Burt Hicks and Hilary Trudell are among the more than 60 individuals from across Arkansas selected for Leadership Arkansas Class XIII, a program operated by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas.
Hicks, who currently serves as president and CEO of the Simmons First Investment Group, graduated from the Clinton School in 2013 and earned a concurrent juris doctor from the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. SFIG is a retail broker-dealer and investment adviser, and he immediately oversaw a restructuring of the growing operation that resulted in record revenue and profit. In June, Hicks was named to the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.
“I am honored to have been selected for this year’s Leadership Arkansas class, and am especially appreciative of my company (Simmons Bank) for supporting me and the individuals that wrote letters of recommendation on my behalf,” Hicks said. “The curriculum, alumni network and list of current class members make this an incredible opportunity to develop further as a leader and gain a better understanding of all that makes Arkansas a great place to live and work.
“I’m most looking forward to being exposed to the most important sectors of the Arkansas economy and developing relationships with such a distinguished group of Arkansas’ future leaders.”
Trudell graduated from the Clinton School in 2012 and has served as the director of local programs and outreach for UACS Office of Community Engagement since 2015. Her duties include oversight of the school’s Practicum projects, which are in partnership with public agencies, community initiatives, academic ventures, and nonprofit organizations across Arkansas. She is the founder and executive artistic director of The Yarn, a local nonprofit dedicated to storytelling that showcases Arkansans and promotes the understanding of others.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Leadership Arkansas class,” Trudell said. “I look forward to learning about the different industries prevalent around the state and getting to know the amazing members of my cohort. Not to mention, I get the opportunity to re-connect with my classmate Burt Hicks. It’s sure to be an incredible eight months.”
The mission of Leadership Arkansas is to challenge, inform, inspire and engage current and future business and civic leaders to enhance the economies of – and the communities within – the state of Arkansas. The programs is comprised of a nine-month class program consisting of nine multi-day sessions held in different locations throughout the state. The sessions feature Arkansas leaders who represent a wide geographic base and who have diverse backgrounds and vocations.
The Citizens Bank of Batesville is the underwriting sponsor for the 2018-19 Leadership Arkansas program. The Presenting Sponsor is ARcare. Statewide Program Sponsors include Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Farm Credit Services of Arkansas, Nucor Steel Arkansas, Southwest Power Pool, and Walmart.
Leadership Arkansas has educated and engaged over 600 alumni since its inception in 2005 and represents nearly every Arkansas county.
Nineteen Clinton School of Public Service students in the fall seminar, “The 2018 Elections: Midterm Madness,” taught by Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III have each selected a campaign to follow through the November elections.
The students selected 19 different campaigns from 14 states. The selections include six United States Senate campaigns; seven governor campaigns; and four campaigns for the United States House of Representatives. Two local government races were selected: The Little Rock Mayor’s race and the nine-person race for Little Rock City Board, Ward 1.
Five of the chosen campaigns are from Arkansas. Florida, with two, was the only other state with more than one race chosen.
“What’s very interesting about the student selections is the wide variety both in the offices themselves as well as their geographical locations from 14 different states,” Rutherford said. “They range from a city board race in Little Rock to Governor of Alaska to the Cruz-O’Rourke Senate election in Texas.”
The U.S. Senate race in Texas between incumbent Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke and the election for Arkansas’s Second Congressional District race between incumbent French Hill and Clarke Tucker drew the most student interest.
Students will provide updated briefings, analyses, and predictions throughout the semester.
Governor: Incumbent Bill Walker (I), Mike Dunleavy (R), Mark Begich (D)
U.S. Senate: Kyrsten Sinema (D), Martha McSally (R)
Governor: Incumbent Asa Hutchinson (R), Jared Henderson (D)
2nd Congressional District: Incumbent French Hill (R), Clarke Tucker (D)
4th Congressional District: Incumbent Bruce Westerman (R), Hayden Shamel (D)
Little Rock Mayor (Nonpartisan): Baker Kurrus, Warwick Sabin, Glen Schwarz, Frank Scott, Vincent Tolliver
Little Rock City Director Ward 1 (Nonpartisan): Incumbent Erma Hendrix, Michael Adkins, Herbert Broadway, Bryan Frazier, Greg Henderson, Ronnie Jackson, Curtis Johnson, Danny Lewis, Robert Webb
Governor: Andrew Gillum (D), Ron DeSantis (R)
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Bill Nelson (D), Rick Scott (R)
Governor: Brian Kemp (R), Stacey Abrams (D)
Governor: Incumbent Bruce Rauner (R), J.B. Pritzker (D)
Governor: Incumbent Kim Reynolds (R), Fred Hubbell (D)
8th Congressional District: Incumbent Mike Bishop (R), Elissa Slotkin (D)
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith (R), Mike Espy (D), Chris McDaniel (R)
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Claire McCaskill (D), Josh Hawley (R)
19th Congressional District: Incumbent John Faso (R), Antonio Delgado (D)
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Ted Cruz (R), Beto O’Rourke (D)
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Joe Manchin (D), Patrick Morrisey (R)
Governor: Incumbent Scott Walker (R), Tony Evers (D)