Any current student at Wagner with an interest in policy and policy making.
The Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) seeks to foster critical thinking, dialogue and debate aroundpolicy issues. The WPA fosters a broad and vibrant policy community by facilitating meaningful discussions and events with various individuals and groups within Wagner, the greater New York University community, and beyond.
Join the Wagner Policy Alliance for a panel discussion and reception with esteemed experts and practitioners. Please register here today and mark your calendar.
We are back for Spring 2012 and hope you are excited and prepared for classes! As you can see below, our biggest agenda item in the coming weeks is our Campaign Watch 2012 event on Thursday, February 9th. With the back and forth in the Republican Primaries and the drama just getting started, you won’t want to miss this lively discussion moderated by George Stephanopoulos with political strategists Robert Shrum (Kerry Campaign) and Steve Schmidt (McCain Campaign).
Our other events this semester include a human trafficking event discussing policy, law enforcement and social services, our annual State of the City event, this year’s will focus on the state of our digital city, as well as a happy hour in April. Visit our events page for more details and to RSVP for any of the events. We hope to see you over the course of the semester. Please visit our About page if you’d like to contact us to get more involved. Now, go get ’em!
Campaign Watch 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:30pm
NYU Skirball Center
with Steve Schmidt, Robert Shrum and George Stephanopoulos
introduced by Diane Yu, NYU Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President
Join us for a lively discussion moderated by George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “This Week” and featuring Steve Schmidt, former senior advisor to the John McCain campaign in 2008, and Robert Shrum, NYU Wagner Senior fellow and former senior-advisor to the Kerry-Edwards Campaign in 2004. The speakers will evaluate the upcoming presidential election in light of the first several caucuses and primary elections, and will discuss the current state of the Republican field, public opinion on the Obama administration and his campaigning efforts, and potential general election scenarios.
House opens 12pm. Event begins promptly at 12:30
This event is free but requires a ticket. Register for one online.
Lobbying for the Public Good: A Workshop on Making Change Happen
If your mid-terms made you eager thinking about your future at Wagner and beyond, the next few weeks with WPA will help you do just that. Next week WPA second-years will join the Wagner PNP Group Advisement Session (for first-years) to help provide their perspective on courses, professors, career trajectory and more. With the Office of Career Services, we have confirmed the panelists for the career panels that WPA is sponsoring. We hope you will join us at the Government Careers and Policy and Research Careers for thoughtful conversation on how to get into these sectors, the best place to job search for these jobs, and what they actually do. These panels will be moderated by a member of the WPA Board and more details are below. Next week, the WPA Board is also partaking in a volunteer activity where we will help the Food Bank for NYC conduct surveys with their emergency food programs across the Boroughs. We’re looking forward to learning and giving back and will share the details with you in a blog after! We’re also in the midst of planning our State of the City and Presidential events for the Spring with some exciting participants, so stay tuned!
We have many events coming up that we are sponsoring, participating in or promoting. Have no fear, most of these take place after mid-terms! Please take a look because we have something for everyone: a long-term liabilities and pension discussion, volunteer to survey Food Bank for NYC participants with the WPA Board, advising support, and valuable career panels on policy and research as well as careers in government.
Last Wednesday morning Wagner students, community members and practitioners packed the Rudin Forum to hear a lively debate on the successes and failures of the 1996 reform that President Clinton promised would “end welfare as we know it.”
An audio-recording of the event is now online. The panel featured NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar, CUNY Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Sociology Frances Fox Piven, NYU Professor of Politics and Public Policy Lawrence Mead, and Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. Following a brief keynote from Commissioner Doar the panel was moderated by Caitlyn Brazill, Adjunct Wagner Professor and Director of Policy and Communications for NYU’s Furman Center.
WPA hosted the event in conjunction with the Wagner Poverty Discussion Group, which meets monthly to discuss timely topics in domestic poverty.
Our first General Meeting is this Thursday, October 6th from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Mulberry (upstairs in Puck). Our Board will be discussing other upcoming events and projects and would love your input on our State of the City event, Advocacy Workshop, Volunteer Project and more.
We have also created a short survey to get feedback from you about what kind of programming you’d like to see from WPA and how you’d like to be involved. Please take a minute and share your thoughts with us by taking the survey here.
Have a great fifth week of school, Wagnerds!