Monday, October 5, 2015

MDP Gebru & von Qualen Field Experience in New Orleans

As part of a new summer graduate student research experience, MDP students Eliel Gebru and Frieda von Qualen worked with City of New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) to strengthen partnerships among state and local governments, healthcare providers, educators and businesses. In an effort to design and deliver comprehensive, coordinated services at the new $19 million Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center located in the Lower Ninth Ward, the students met and interviewed various community stakeholders and completed interviews with multi-service sites nationwide.

The newly build state-of-the-art 65,000 square foot community center replaces a 50,000 square foot community center which was demolished after Hurricane Katrina. Speaking at the new community center shortly after its grand opening President Obama said, “The project of rebuilding here wasn’t just to restore the city as it had been it was to build a city as it should be — a city where everyone, no matter what they look like, how much money they’ve got, where they come from, where they’re born, has a chance to make it.” These sentiments of hope and resilience are shared by the communities of the Lower Nine Ward, a community that has suffered the most damage but have felt forgotten. For the estimated 2,800 community members who have returned to live in the Lower Nine the new center represents hope and is seen as a hub for the community providing a one-stop shop offering a wide array of services. 

Recognizing that “differences in neighborhood conditions powerfully predict who is healthy, who is sick, and who lives longer”, NOHD has strategically designed services in the center to include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), exercise facility, nutrition classes, food vouchers to use at farmers’ markets, Head Start, a senior center, and mobile dental and health clinic. This center is an example of another path to healthy living and a step in the right direction to eliminate the structural inequalities that have plagued the city pre and post Hurricane Katrina. (picture)

Fellowship, Congressional Innovation Fellowship, Tech Congress

The fellowship

The Congressional Innovation Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to change Congress by injecting desperately needed technological expertise into the Legislative Branch.
The fellowship is a nine-month residency on Capitol Hill, running from January to September.  Fellows work directly for a Member or a Committee for the duration of their residency and may spend their time on technology-related issues like NSA surveillance reform, patent reform, cybersecurity or network neutrality.  Typical duties may include: 
  • Briefing Members and staff about technology issues
  • Writing legislation 
  • Preparing for hearings or markups
  • Meeting with stakeholder groups and building coalitions

FEllowship orientation

Fellows begin the program with a two week in-depth orientation.  
Week one occurs in Washington and consists of small group networking with policymakers, including one-on-one conversations with Members of Congress and their staff.  It also includes workshops on the following topics:
  • Legislative process, including House and Senate floor procedure
  • Committees and Committee process
  • Federal budgeting and appropriations
  • Technology policy deep-dives 
  • Overall leadership development
Week two occurs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.  Fellows visit with tech policy thought leaders at academic institutions, civil society groups and technology companies to explore the range of perspectives on common tech policy challenges. 
Who is eligible for the program? 
Individuals with a background in technology, technical skills or currently working on technology law or tech public policy are encouraged to apply.   Congressional Innovation Fellows have diverse expertise and backgrounds.  The primary requirement for the program is an interest in technology policy.
What is the application deadline?
Fellows are selected on a rolling basis, though preference is granted to applicants who submit their applications by October 31, 2015.
What are the pay and benefits in the program?
The program pays a $70,000/year salary equivalent over nine months (a total of $52,500).  Tech Congress pays reimbursements for health benefits, relocation and travel or equipment costs. A full list of benefits can be found on the Benefits page.
I’m not an engineer, programmer or designer.  Should I apply?
Yes!  Congressional Innovations Fellows come from diverse backgrounds.  The most important ingredient for success is an interest or background in technology and technology policy.
Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen to apply?
No.  Citizenship is not a requirement to apply.  TechCongress is unable to assist with visa applications or renewals but anyone legally authorized to work in the United States is eligible.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

2016-2017 Competition Deadline: October 13 2015 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures.
For the 2016-17 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue or issues in one country, or in multiple countries, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced from one country to another. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on a dedicated bloghosted on the National Geographic website. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, applicable to Fellows’ projects, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website at least once per week, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.
Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be accepted for the following themes:
  • Our Human Story 
    Themes: Culture/Geo-politics, Contemporary Social Issues (Sociology, Urbanization, Crisis, Migration)
  • Our Living Planet
    Themes: Places, Environment, Climate Change, Conservation, Landscapes, Oceans
  • Critical Species
    Themes: Conservation of Species, Extinction (Storytelling in this area should include a public policy frame)
  • New Frontiers
    Themes: Innovations in areas of Health, Medicine, Technology, Space, Energy, Maritime issues
  • Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply.
    Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in digital storytelling. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the Fulbright award.
    U.S. citizens of all ages and from all backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants may come from a broad range of fields, a variety of academic and processional backgrounds, and have diverse storytelling experiences. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the program but may not hold a Ph.D. at the time of application. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated talent for storytelling (including but not limited to publications in print, online or multimedia platforms) and an academic or professional background relevant to their proposed project.

    This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Annual Online Global Citizen Leadership Certificate Course

Registration now is open for the  Annual Online Global Citizen Leadership Certificate Course. The course is intended for mid-level and young development professionals from NGOs, government, business, and international agencies. It is intended to build the skills of its participants to address global issues within and across their countries. Topics covered include human rights, gender equity, sustainable development, poverty reduction, and global peace and justice.
The course is taught by experienced faculty from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Brandeis University, the United Nations Association, and TGCI staff. Participants receive a full set of course materials, including an online text; access to online seminars, an expert mentoring program, and a peer partner from another country.
The Global Citizen Leadership Course is managed by The Global Citizens' Initiative (TGCI) an international non-profit with members in 44 countries. TGCI's mission is to empower citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to solve global problems that can't be addressed by any one country on its own.
To register for the course, please go to; then click the Register button under the Course Description; OR download the attached Course Announcement and follow the links.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only.  
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