Welfare Reform at Fifteen coverage

Image credit: City Limits Newsroom Blog.

Our Welfare Reform at Fifteen event last week with the Poverty Discussion Group was thought-provoking and fostered a healthy discussion amongst our panelists and moderator.  We also got coverage on the City Limits Blog. We are so grateful for our panelists, event attendees and volunteers in making this event a success. Stay tuned for a blog from us and the podcast from the event in case you missed it and want to tune in!

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Welfare Reform at Fifteen: Is it Working?

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, more commonly known as TANF. He famously declared that this act would “end welfare as we know it.” Fifteen years later the debate continues…has welfare reform lived up to its promise?

Join us for a keynote presentation and panel discussion surrounding the 15th Anniversary of Welfare Reform.  We will take a look at the landmark legislation of the past, present, and future to consider: How this legislation has affected low-income families and how welfare has evolved since then?  Is TANF enough given soaring unemployment rates and the deep recession?  And with a major presidential election right around the corner, what is the future of this program?

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Location:   The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, Rudin Forum
*Presented in conjunction with the Wagner Policy Alliance, and the Poverty Discussion Group

Please RSVP at http://wagner.nyu.edu/events.

Keynote Speaker: 
Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration

Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration
Lawrence M. Mead, Professor of Politics, New York University
Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Sociology, City University of New York
Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Caitlyn Brazill, Director of Policy and Communications, NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

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And we’re back!

Wow, first week complete! For all you first-years feeling overwhelmed by the start of classes and the many opportunities at Wagner, take solace in knowing that one year from now, you will feel like a pro. It’s a lot like coming back for your second year of junior high — you know the shortcuts, the teachers, and you don’t get lost looking for classes anymore. I am feeling like such a cool kid these days.

Here’s my obligatory intro: I’m endlessly curious about cities, how they deal with change, and the socioeconomic consequences of those changes. I came to Wagner to think about and discuss these issues against the backdrop of one of the world’s most engaging and resilient cities, New York. Like many Wagnerds, I am driven by the prospect of effecting positive change in the world. In my case, that world is Detroit, where I spent five years helping local government leaders and young people develop collaborative strategies to regional challenges before beginning my MPA at Wagner. I spent this past summer in Los Angeles as a fellow in Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office of Economic and Business Policy. As a result, I’m increasingly interested in how local government can influence job creation and economic development, especially in economically-disadvantaged areas.

I see the WPA as a vehicle for elevating discussions about policymaking methods and tactics, as well as specific policies of interest to Wagner students. What I hope to do this year is create opportunities to not only bring experienced experts to these discussions, but enable us all to tap into the collective knowledge of the Wagner student body. I am continuously impressed and inspired by the experiences of my peers, many of whom have developed extensive skills and knowledge after years of working in the field. Hopefully we’ll manage to extract some of this insight through targeted events and activities this year. If you have ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!


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Successful Social & Welcome Fair

We had a great Welcome Social last night at the Swift Lounge. We were surprised with a great live Irish music and incoming students with a range of policy interests and backgrounds. If you missed it, please visit us at our table tomorrow at the Student Group Information Fair at Puck from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Otherwise, check-out our upcoming events page!

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WPA Welcome Social!

We’re looking forward to our Wagner Policy Alliance Welcome Social tomorrow evening, Tuesday, September 6 @ 8:00 p.m. This social event is open to all Wagner students to come mix, mingle and talk about the upcoming year with WPA. Meet our board members and learn how to get involved in upcoming events! Location: Swift Lounge at 34 E. 4th St. We look forward to seeing you!

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I Survived the 2011 Earthquake and Hurricane!

In my first week in New York City there was an earthquake and a hurricane. As a native Southern Californian, my hopes are that this is not the precedent for the weather in the winter. My name is Zainab Ali and I am the Communications Chair for the Wagner Policy Alliance this academic year and a first-year student in the PNMP program.

I grew up in Orange County, California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles where I studied English and Public Affairs. In 2005, I interned for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s re-election campaign and later interned for an after school program working directly with elementary-aged and high school students. After graduation, I interned in Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office of Education where I worked on the Mayor’s education reform agenda and shortly after, landed a job working fifty feet away for LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program based in the Mayor’s Office and managed communications and public affairs efforts for the non-profit where I worked for nearly four years.

The confluence of these experiences coupled with my longtime passion for an improved public education system kept me focused on identifying where the weaknesses in the system were and learning new ways to improve and solve them. At Wagner, I hope to build the skills necessary to continue doing that work which is so critical to the future success of our children and country. I also have the good fortune of being a Bohnett Fellow, which not only has afforded me the privilege of attending Wagner but will place me in Mayor Bloomberg’s office next summer hopefully working on critical education issues.

I’m looking forward to the school year and to learn more about the interests and past experiences of my fellow Wagnerds. Please stay updated with us on Facebook and through this blog and hopefully we’ll see you next Tuesday at our Welcome Social!

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Looking Forward

Hi and welcome to the 2011-2012 WPA blog and site.  Over the next few weeks we will be introducing ourselves on this blog so that you can get to know us.  My name is David Glick and I’ll be co-chairing the WPA along with Maggie Raife.  Wagner Policy students will have a lot of great events to look forward to and its mostly thanks in large part to my WPA colleagues Sharon Carney, Liz Walczak, and Zainab Ali.  If you see us on campus don’t be afraid to say hello and ask how you can get involved.

I grew up in New Rochelle, NY a suburban city north of the Bronx, known for, among other things, being the home of the revolutionary writer Thomas Paine as well as a the woman’s suffrage movement. At Clark University in Worcester, MA,  I immersed myself in local and national politics.  After getting my B.A. I worked on President Obama’s primary and general election campaign working as an organizer and then operations coordinator in 6 states.

I enrolled at Wagner because I wanted to get a better understanding of how policy effects people and how to interpret its results.  I am particularly interested in environmental, food, urban, housing and economic policy. When I’m not studying for my classes, I am tending to honey beehives in Brooklyn where I produce a lot of local honey.

Thanks again for visiting the new Wagner Policy Alliance site.  With only a few weeks left until the start of the school year we are really excited to get going.  In the meantime, please add us to your RSS feed or Google Reader, like us on Facebook, and contact us if you want to get involved.

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As much as we’re enjoying the summer, we’re looking forward to going back to school and diving right into all that the City and Wagner have to offer. Our 2011-2012 Wagner Policy Alliance Board members: Maggie Raife, David Glick, Elizabeth Walczak, Sharon Carney and Zainab Ali have been working since late Spring on what of programming and experiences to bring to “Wagnerds” this upcoming year. Some of the things we have up our sleeves include: a discussion with the NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar in honor of the 15th Anniversary of welfare reform; our signature State of the City event focused on a timely policy issue; open board meetings and socials; brown bag lunches addressing policy issues such as poverty and social welfare; a forum addressing the upcoming Presidential race and much more. If you’d like to plan with us, attend an event or just see what we’re doing, please follow this blog and “Like” us on Facebook! We’ll be updating this site with upcoming events, links we like, blogs on events, people and policy issues to be aware of.

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