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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

White House Internship Program - Spring 2012

A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

Application Deadline: Sept 11, 2011
Click HERE for more information. 
Questions or Concerns? Email:

Monday, May 30, 2011

2011-2012 Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Orientation Dinner

2011-2012 Keble Attendees (from left to right): Yu'ao Wu, Sean Zhang, Elizabeth King, Jae Koo, Joshua Kornberg, Lindsay Brewer. Not pictured: Amy Zhang, Anuj Gupta, Kali Montecalvo, Sam Marullo, Austin Pogue, Larissa Russell

On Monday, May 16, students selected to attend Keble College Oxford in the 2011-2012 academic year talked with a past exchange participant over pizza. Brian Freeman '11 (a Fall 2009 Keble attendee) answered questions on academics, extracurriculars, and social life at Oxford.

Every fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Center sends four students to study at Oxford University's Keble College. Students on the program take two courses in Government or Economics under Oxford's legendary tutorial system. Every summer, four Keble students spend a term at Dartmouth.

For more information on the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange, visit our website or contact Professor Ron Shaiko (603-646-9146) or Jane DaSilva (603-646-2229). 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Professor Justin Ren Discusses a "Composite Measure of Quality" at Health Policy Faculty Workshop

On May 26, 2011, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Justin Ren, Associate Professor of Operations and Technology Management, Dean's Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the Health Policy Institute of the Boston University School of Management. In his presentation, "Composite Measure of Quality," Dr. Ren weighed the arguments for and against composite measures of quality, provided several methods for computing composite measures (some data-based, others model-based), and compared them with applications in the healthcare sector.

Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Clapp or visit our website.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Marty Jacobs speaks to MLDP about "Turning Dreams into Reality: The Power of Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking"

Marty Jacobs ’82 led the May 17th session entitled “Turning Dreams into Reality: The Power of Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking.” Jacobs, president of Systems In Sync, has been teaching and consulting for almost twenty years, applying a systems thinking approach to organizations. She currently provides strategic planning and Policy Governance expertise for the Vermont School Boards Association and has worked with several school districts to engage them in community conversations. The session began with Jacobs telling the participants what your biggest fear a consultant should be: you make a whole and what you feel to be a complete plan, but then see as it “gathers into cob webs.” To show us what this meant, Jacobs gave each small group a balloon and told us to blow it up and not let it fall on the ground. “It seemed like a simple enough task, we just stood in a circle and took turns,” said Maxwell Sloan ’13. However, Jacobs changed the game by adding in another balloon, which unbeknownst to the groups at the time contained a marble that caused the balloon to sink quickly. “We had to react quickly and change our plan for keeping the balloons afloat,” said Joshua Lee ’13.

The groups then came back together and discussed what happened with the balloons. Using the balloon activity as a jumping off point, Jacobs introduced the group to systems thinking, which is the study and use of structure and behavior. To master a task, one must understand interrelationships of organizational systems and realize that it is a process and not a single event. By learning over time, one can look for trends and patterns, and use these lessons to adapt while still completing a task. Jacobs then introduced us to the main concepts for strategic planning: Mission, Vision, and Values. The “Mission” is the organization’s purpose. The “Vision” is the picture of the future the organization seeks to create. The “Values” are the guiding principles that the group uses to complete tasks. To maximize efficiency with these concepts, Jacobs introduced the participants to two methods of analysis: the force field model and the SWOT memo. A force field memo allows a group to assess the current reality compared to the desired outcome. Next, the group must fill in the space in between the two with propelling forces, which send you forward towards the desired outcome, and hindering forces, which set you back. The SWOT memo allows for organizational assessment by forcing the group to clearly layout the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, or SWOT. Jacobs then gave each of the groups a series of different forms of systems thinking from different real-life organizations. The groups looked through the memos and Jacobs asked what the best memos had to offer. Many agreed that beyond the actual content, how an organization presents information is half the battle.

The participants then split up into the small groups to come up with their own organizational plans for hypothetical events using systems thinking. Once the small groups came back together after a half-hour of planning, we realized that a few of the groups created potential events/organizational plans for MLDP. Jacobs moderated a discussion between the groups about how to best advertise the MLDP program, which gave great ideas to the students currently working on attracting students to the program for next year.

Jacobs, after bringing the session full-circle by re-connecting what the participants learned with the initial balloon activity, concluded the program by thanking the participants for their work and interest during the session. 

-- Sam Lewis '13

Looking for an European Fall internship? Application deadline: July 1st

Fall European Parliament Internship
Location: European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg
Note: William Dartmouth is a direct descendant of the Second Earl of Dartmouth, for whom Dartmouth College is named.
Employment Start Date: Sept. 16 Duration of internship: 1-3 months
Application deadline: July 1st, 2011

The internship offers a chance to experience the day to day operation of an MEP's office in the European Parliament, from experience in EU legislation, the work of the European Parliament to drafting speeches and press releases. An important task will be research particularly relating to the International Trade Committee of which William (The Earl of) Dartmouth is a Member and also the Coordinator for his political Group. There will also be some work related to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Wage/Salary: 1,300 Euros per month
Qualifications: Successful applicants will have proven research IT and organisational skills. Knowledge of French would be helpful but it is not essential. Must be in possession of a valid permit to stay in the European Union for the duration of the traineeship if they are not citizens of the EU.
Application Instructions: No later than July 1st, email cover letter and resume to:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

PRS Student Presents Research on Renewable Energy Incentives to the Lebanon, NH Energy Advisory Committee

Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop student Brian Freeman '11 speaks with a member of the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee in Lebanon, NH on May 19, 2011.

On May 19, 2011, Brian Freeman '11, a student researcher at the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center, presented an analysis of renewable energy incentive programs to the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee. The report assesses the suitability of two renewable energy incentive programs, property tax exemptions and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), for Lebanon. Using data from 83 New Hampshire municipalities that have enacted property tax exemptions for renewable energy installations, the report projects that the fiscal impact of enacting the exemptions in Lebanon would be minimal. The report also describes how municipalities have modified the PACE loan program in response to a legal challenge by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The report was authored by Brian Freeman '11, Jason Goodman '12, and Christine Souffrant '11. 

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Professor Colin Polsky Presents "Studying Suburban Lawns and Yards in Urban Geography" at Environment and Development Faculty Workshop

Professor Colin Polsky

On May 19, 2011, the Environment and Development Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Colin Polsky, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research & Active Pedagogy and an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. In his presentation, "Studying Suburban Lawns and Yards in Urban Geography," Dr. Polsky used the spread of land area devoted to residential lawns in the northern Boston suburbs to catalyze analysis of the social and environmental dimensions of the presence and management of suburban lawns.

The Environment and Development Workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum devoted to issues related to the interaction between human development and the environment. Since the environment is strongly influenced by the course of development worldwide, understanding changes to the global environment therefore requires an investigation of the social, political, economic, and cultural factors driving development. This workshop draws from various disciplinary backgrounds to advance knowledge in this important research area. The group has been convened by Christopher Sneddon, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography, and Sharlene L. Mollett, Assistant Professor of Geography, since 2003 with the assistance of Jane DaSilva of the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.

For more information, visit our website.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

PRS Students Present Carbon Tax Research to the Bi-State Upper Valley Sierra Club

On May 11, 2011, four students from the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center were the invited guests for the bi-monthly meeting of the Bi-State Upper Valley Sierra Club comprised of citizens from both Vermont and New Hampshire interested in environmental justice issues. The students, Alexi Pappas '12, Lindsay Brewer '13, Marissa Greco '12, and Zachary Schwartz '11 presented the results of an analysis of carbon tax implementation strategies, reviewing New Hampshire's current energy policies as a part of a comprehensive climate change plan. Engaging with case studies where carbon taxes were implemented at the producer and consumer level, the students demonstrated ways a climate tax could be designed and effectively utilized in a New Hampshire setting.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Last Week of Rocky Student Discussion Groups for the Spring Term

The last week of Rocky student discussion groups is here for the term.  Your last chance to catch up with other students, talk about current issues in a casual environment, and have your favorite dinner items from Ramuntos.

Topics this week include:
  • Law, Life, and Leadership will host a discussion related to the 2012 Election on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM in Morrison Commons.
  • First-Year Forum will meet on Tuesday night to chat about the topic "How Has Dartmouth Changed You?" at 6:30 PM in Morrison Commons.
  • Rocky VoxMasters will also meet on Tuesday night this week, at 6:30 PM in Rocky 209 - just in time to practice all those great tips during your upcoming presentations and speeches.  Don't miss out on co-leader Nicole Yunger Halpern's last session - she has been a constant with VoxMasters over the past few years.
  • PoliTALK will round things out by holding their last meeting on Thursday night at 6:30 PM in Morrison Commons.  They will be discussing issues related to the US Economy - and reporting their ideas and concerns as part of The White House's "Your Future, Your Solutions: 100 Roundtables with Young Americans" project.
We hope to see you at one (or more!) of these last group dinner discussions.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Training Opportunity: Eating Disorder Peer Advisor - Applications Due 6/1/11

EDPA (Eating Disorder Peer Advisors) Summer Training

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS during 10A - Beginning June 23rd

Participate in the 8 week training covering such varied topics as the physical and psychological impacts, to the roles media and socialization play regarding eating disorders. Emphasis on listening and advising skills.  EDPA trainees practice role play scenarios on how to help friends warranting concern, and how to advise others who are concerned about someone.

For more information or to get an application blitz EDPA OR download an application from their website.

Application deadline is Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

UNH Law Professor John Garvey speaks to MLDP students on the art of negotiation

Professor John Garvey, the Director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, facilitated the MLDP session on “Negotiation.” He is leading a first in the nation program that will prepare law students for admission to the bar based upon rigorous evaluation of their practical legal skills as well as substantive knowledge of the law. Garvey began the session by asking the participants if they had ever participated in negotiations before. Everyone raised their hands and responses ranged from discussions with parents to roommates to professors. Garvey stressed that the need to think intentionally when negotiating. If you do not think intentionally, you will be caught by surprise and you will lose the upper hand. Whereas many think about so-called “hardball” tactics where one side draws a line and says the other must follow, such as with the current NFL labor negotiations, Garvey said there is much more to negotiating than using hardball tactics. Every day life involves a lot of negotiation even if we do not realize that it does. To make today’s session on time, Professor Garvey had to tell the participants at a session he was mediating that he needed to leave at 4 P.M. the latest without any possibility of change. Other examples of negotiating with others, or even negotiating with oneself, include making decisions about classes, deciding on a TV show or movie, or even what to eat.

For any sort of negotiation to work, the two parties must have some sort of shared interest. For both sides’ respective goals, there must be some sort of intersection of a common goal. The wants and needs cannot be parallel lines, otherwise neither side will want to give up anything for something they do not particularly covet in return. After showing a clip from the film The Untouchables, Professor Garvey discussed the problems that can get in the way during negotiations: your reaction, their reaction, their intractable position, getting stuck, and power. To get around these problems, one must: go to the balcony position and take a step back, put yourself in your opponents’ shoes, reframe the discussion, and help objectify the situation. Professor Garvey especially stressed the need to take the balcony position at some point during the negotiation. The balcony position means observing the negotiation from an outside perspective above the fray. Using this perspective, one can gain more appreciation and knowledge of the situation and make better decisions and proposals.

Though negotiation more often than not leads to progress for both sides, it is also necessary for participants to have a BANTA, or a Best Alternative to a Negotiating Agreement. Sometimes, you need to know when to say no if what is proposed is not the deal that you want to enter. Knowing the point going into a negotiation at which you will back out is necessary, said Professor Garvey, because it ensures that you will not give up more than you want to and make a decision that you will later regret.

Next, Professor Garvey gave us an exercise to practice our negotiating skills. In our small groups, the participants brainstormed possible situations where advanced negotiating skills might help. Situations that the groups used to practice ranged from discussing responsibilities between executive board members of a campus group organizing an event to a conversation between roommates about playing music at certain times. During the group exercise, participants took turns playing each side of the negotiation and observing from the balcony position. After, each discussed how their emotions and thoughts changed at each position. Dylan Payne ’13, who recently experienced difficulties with other executive members of a campus group about responsibilities for a campus event, said that he used the negotiating exercises later that day to resolve the situation for not only his benefit, but for the other group members and the group itself.

After the exercise, the groups came back and discussed what they learned. Professor Garvey concluded the discussion by showing the final scene of Reservoir Dogs and a humorous means of showing how not to negotiate. Professor Garvey thanked the participants for their interest and input.

- Sam Lewis '13

Friday, May 20, 2011

Graduating Senior and Alumni Job Seekers: Health Care Analyst Position in MA

Health Care Analyst Job with the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority  

The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is an independent public entity charged with implementing Massachusetts’ historic Health Care Reform legislation. The Connector oversees two major programs: Commonwealth Care, which provides subsidized insurance to over 130,000 individuals; and Commonwealth Choice, through which the organization facilitates the availability, choice, and adoption of private, affordable health insurance for individuals and employers.
The Health Care Analyst will support all aspects of the Connector’s operations through in-depth analysis of financial and clinical information.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide in depth analysis of medical claims and demographic data to support finance and policy departments
  • Participate in special projects and provide ad hoc reporting and analyses as needed
  • Respond to internal and external requests for program information
  • Work with others to communicate complex financial and clinical data to internal and external parties
  • Coordinate data analysis projects and establish and maintain financial and clinical reporting metrics

Basic requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with SAS or a similar data analysis program such as SPSS or STATA
  • Experience working with health care data
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • Ability to work independently within a fast-paced environment are all essential

Additional requirements:
Master's degree preferred

Salary range is competitive; salary will be commensurate with experience.

Apply here with a cover letter and resume. 

Professor Jeff Larsen Presents "The Case for Mixed Emotions" at SPRIG Faculty Workshop

On May 17, 2011, the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Jeff Larsen, an Associate Professor and Director of the Experimental Psychology Division at Texas Tech University. He presented "The Case for Mixed Emotions" and fielded questions from faculty members.

The Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is an interdisciplinary workshop devoted to research on social behavior. It is supported by the Rockefeller Center and includes faculty and graduate students from Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, Economics, the Tuck School of Business, the Dartmouth Medical School, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Government. These workshops are focused on empirical research devoted to understanding social behavior broadly defined. The group has been convened by Jay Hull, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, since 2003 with the assistance of Jane DaSilva of the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.

For more information, visit our website.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Apply to the Dartmouth Diversity Peer Program's Summer Leadership Retreat: 5/24/11 Deadline


Interested in learning more about DIVERSITY?
Want to make meaningful SOCIAL CHANGE?

Wish you knew more people who value SOCIAL JUSTICE?

Then apply to...
Dartmouth College's DIVERSITY PEER PROGRAM'S (DPP) -
Summer Leadership Retreat

July 1 - 3, 2011
Application deadline: Tues, May 24th, 2011

The Diversity Peer Program will empower student participants to utilize this training program to heighten awareness of diversity and social justice issues as well as create a path to action and change within the entire Dartmouth community and beyond.

The program examines six primary areas of diversity:

sexual orientation
religious difference
socioeconomic status

* Presented by the Office of Pluralism & Leadership (OPAL) *
Click HERE for more information.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Professor Kimberlyn McGrail Presents Case Study of Cost-Effective Healthcare at Health Policy Faculty Workshop

On May 13, 2011, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Associate Director of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Senior Researcher with Statistics Canada and Associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Her talk was entitled, "How Do They Do That: What can we learn from Everett, Washington about improving quality and outcomes without increasing costs?"

Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Clapp or visit our website.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Outreach & Marketing Position Available at Rising Minds - a grassroots NGO

Another outside career/internship opportunity for students and alumni to consider.  Do you have more opportunities that you'd like us to share?  Please contact Danielle Thompson.


Rising Minds is currently looking for 
a Director of Marketing and Outreach! 

About Rising Minds:
Rising Minds, a US-based 501c3 grassroots non-profit organization, mission is to bridge cultural, economic and developmental gaps through the integration of education, awareness, and action. We aim to inspire locally committed and globally active leaders through our empowering immersion experiences, proactive international partnerships, and personalized educational outreach.
Through our US-based educational events and presentations, programs and partnerships, as well as through our outreach efforts, Rising Minds is able to personalize complex global issues and inspire individuals to get involved in empowering work that is tailored to their specific capabilities, needs, and interests. Rising Minds’ international work always aims to inspire local U.S. involvement in global issues, bridging communities around the world and illuminating how our individual actions have an unmistakable impact on our global society.
After moving away from the United States, Rising Minds chose its second home in Guatemala due to it's historical involvement with the U.S. and the resulting complexity of community issues, as well as the presence of indigenous communities and the rising rate of tourists lacking access to this type of in-depth, customized, problem-solving and community work.
Rising Minds works in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala developing programs and partnerships aimed to improve international relations and support sustainable development. Rising Minds has two dominate international parts. We do small business and sustainable international development– providing on-the-ground developmental support to local initiatives to create greater incentives for sustainable business practices and community-involvement. Through our involvement we create dynamic and strategic sustainability plans to help local, community-beneficial initiatives become locally funded as opposed to dependent on foreign aid. Then, on a more global scale, we offer 3 types of programs to foreigners: Cultural Immersion, Cultural Exchange and Volunteer opportunities.  Through these programs we are actively bridging cultural, economic and developmental gaps. 

Position Description:

This past fall we were awarded two marketing grants– $5,000 through Wildfire and $10,000/month through Google. We are currently looking for someone to help address the needs of these grants through helping to create campaigns and landing pages, working with our google adwords team, supporting social networking outreach, and designing a strategic marketing plan for Rising Minds.

Location: Anywhere with internet access
Position Duration: Minimum of three months.
Hours per week: Hours are customized
Compensation: Unpaid
Desired Skills: 
  • Competency with Adobe Photoshop/Indesign/Illustrator
  • Understanding of html
  • Knowledge of Facebook Fan Page formatting/design
Desired Qualities: 
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong written and communication skills.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and see a project through.
  • Reliable and communicative. 
  • Ability to see the big picture and execute the steps to get there.
  • Ability to excite and inspire so as to increase outside involvement.
  • Strong work-ethic.
  • Works well with others
Interested? Please send a cover letter and resume by email.

Monday, May 16, 2011

TODAY: Fundraiser for Grameen America and Hope Sings: 5-7pm Collis Commonground

Fundraiser for Grameen America and Hope Sings 
Date: Monday, May 16th (TODAY) 
Time: 5 - 7pm 
Location: Collis Commonground

On May 16, from 5:00 - 7:00pm in Collis Commonground, three Dartmouth acapella groups will be performing to raise money for two organizations, "Grameen America" and "Hope Sings." The head of Hope Sings, Beth Blatt, will be coming to speak about her organization. Dartmouth student Anna Pudimat '12 will also give a short talk about her experience of working for a microfinance non-profit for two months in Ghana last year.

Hope Sings writes and record songs that tell the story of real women around the world in developing countries, and thus raise awareness and funds for many microfinance partner organizations such as Kiva, FINCA, ACCION, and MicroPlace.

Grameen America is a microfinance non-profit organization that was founded in 2008 as a branch of Grameen Foundation, but has since become its own entity. Grameen America works towards alleviating poverty through microcredit: providing low-income people with small loans, savings accounts, and financial education. The eventual goal is long-term financial stability without the help of the organization. Grameen America has lent out $9 million since 2008 to over 4,000 borrowers in the United States, with a 99% repayment rate on these microloans.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen, has famously said that "charity is no solution to poverty." Microfinance is not charity, but instead a system that gives low-income borrowers across the globe the opportunity for financial stability and a future of supporting themselves. Both Hope Sings and Grameen America are working towards spreading this mission worldwide.

"Homeless Hero" Cheri Honkala speaks to students on Leadership, Activism, and Economic Human Rights

Cheri Honkala, a formerly homeless mother who has been arrested over 200 times, discussed the prevalence of homelessness in the United States and described her efforts to preserve homeless individuals’ rights in a lecture Monday evening sponsored by the Rockefeller Center. The lecture, “Leadership, Activism and Economic Human Rights,” took place at the Top of the Hop, and was organized by the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows.

The majority of Honkala’s life has centered around “fighting and trying to secure a safe place called home,” she said to an audience of approximately 50 students, professors and community members. “I grew up in nine different institutions because we didn’t have battered women’s shelters,” Honkala, who went on to found the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, said. “I then became a teenage mother, and I hit an all-time low. I had no financial resources and I began living in a white Camaro.”

Click HERE to read more from The Dartmouth's article on this event.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Developing a Global Mindset at MLDP with Dickey Center's Chris Wohlforth

Chris Wohlforth, Associate Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, joined the MLDP group earlir this month to lead a session on developing a global mindset.

Before the lecture, Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences, also made a visit, telling us that in order to be global leaders, we must “seek to understand first than to be understood, and differentiate if the other side was intentional, or if one was misunderstood.”

Wohlforth started the session with an exercise of imagining ‘what it means to have a mindset of something,’ and thinking back to the time when you felt like an outsider. She offered a personal story of her experience as an exchange student in Belgium. She took the wrong bus and went to the end of the station. The driver kindly drove her back, but she said there was a feeling of alienation and embarrassment.

This led to her lecture, as she told us that we must be aware of our strengths and limits to navigate new environments, and we must pay attention to our surroundings and our reactions to such.

She outlined 4 goals for the session: 1) develop an understanding of what a global mindset is and how it can enhance effectiveness in cross-cultural settings, 2) learn to recognize cross-cultural experiences, and associate them with learning opportunities, 3) explore different ways to prepare yourself to be effective in a cross-cultural environment, and 4) create a customized road map to assist you in improving your cross cultural sensitivity.

She pointed out that global leadership is distinctive because we must adjust how we interact with people. That means adjusting our presentation, communication, and teamwork styles. Skills that we are trying to develop at MLDP depend a lot on values and context. This means culture affects a lot of the skills that we want to learn.

We then watched video clips of different students who immersed themselves in different cultures and felt disappointed.  Professor Wohlforth pointed out that a lot of the disappointments come from our own cultural biases. This is in fact very natural, because everyone has assumptions. We just have to be sensitive to the surroundings such that we understand them better.

Wohlforth defines intercultural sensitivity as how one experiences difference. It is a function of interest in other cultures, sensitivity to notice cultural differences, and willingness to modify behavior as an indication of respect for other cultures. Intercultural sensitivity comes at a continuum as well: 1) denial (perception that one’s own culture is the only real one), 2) defense (belief that one’s own culture is better), 3) minimization (belief that all cultures are the same at their root), 4) acceptance (recognition that different cultures are equally complex, but different), 5) adaptation (ability to shift perspective from one world view to another), and 6) integration (ability to experience sense of self in and out of different cultural contexts). The goal is to go towards integration. There was a discussion on how individuals match in their spectrum, and how we can get towards integration.

There are also some caveats that Wohlforth brought up. Personal transformation of having a global mindset is neither linear nor predictable. The preparation does not guarantee you to be a global leader. A lot of training programs might also be culturally biased, so we must be aware of them. We must be attentive, listen a lot, and be aware of what is not being said, contextulizing what’s going on.

The group then discussed what some factors would be to consider when developing sensitivity. The group mentioned: 1) age based relations (how older treat younger people, and vice versa), 2) gender relations (within gender and across gender, understanding what is normal in that environment), 3) class dynamic (socio-economic interaction), 4) appearance (what is normal in terms of dress, how acceptable is it to wear the same clothes day after day), 5) authority relations (how people in authority are treated by subordinates in context of work, religion, and politics), 6) individual vs. group dynamic (issue of privacy), 7) taboo (what’s appropriate, how frank can you be, public vs. private setting), and 8) body language (how you carry/present yourself).

After the discussion, we broke down to small groups analyzing cross-cultural dialogs. We quickly realized that it is not the problem of the language, but about realizing the others’ culture. For additional resources, Wohlforth recommended: “Culture Matters: the Peace Corps Cross-cultural Workbook.”

As a review, using SWOT analysis (strengths, weakenesses, opportunities, threats), we drew up our plan for enhancing our intercultural sensitivity and global leadership skills.

Michael Sanchez, ’13, commented: “Professor Wohlforth did an excellent job stressing the importance of developing a global mindset in this increasingly connected world. Most of the students at the session, myself included did not realize how different cultures can have so many different norms and customs from our own. The session was a great eye-opener, and a good way to start thinking of yourself as part of a global community.”

Joshua Lee, ’13, commented: “Professor Wohflorth’s lecture was a great opportunity for self-reflection, in that she made us think about ways to improve our global leadership skills. Many of the facts that she brought up were common sense, but often times we do not have enough time to reflect on them. Her combination of lectures and discussions helped me reinforce key ideas.”

-- Josh Lee '13

Saturday, May 14, 2011

1st Annual National Intercollegiate Model Congress

1st Annual National Intercollegiate Model Congress

Location: Vanderbilt University 
Date: Spring 2012 

Vanderbilt University will be hosting the 1st annual National Intercollegiate Model Congress in the Spring of 2012. 

Students from across the country will write bills on issues that they are passionate about and engage in debates in a student-run mock legislature following proper parliamentary procedures. 

For students interested in government, politics, current events, and/or public policy, this is an incredible opportunity. 

If you are interested in learning more about the National Intercollegiate Model Congress, please visit HERE or contact Alexandra Zarecky from Vanderbilt. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Management & Leadership Development Program Now Accepting Applications for 2011-2012

The Management Leadership Development Program (MLDP) focuses on management and leadership principals common to corporate, public, and not-for-profit sectors, enhancing participants' knowledge, experience and competency through weekly evening sessions.

These weekly sessions, led by guest speakers, cover targeted capacities related to: leadership theory; differences between management and leadership; public speaking and communication; persuasive writing; problem solving, decision-making and negotiation; analytical and critical thinking; facilitation; program management; and business etiquette. Common themes of global leadership, cultural competence, ethics, and public policy, unite the sessions.

MLDP is a prerequisite for students who wish to work as a Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant or Student Discussion Group Leader, and is preferred when applying for Internship Funding or Rockefeller Center mini-grants.  Each session employs a variety of techniques, including lecture, small-group work, interactive role-plays, experiential learning, self-reflection, and assessment. Sessions are designed to facilitate connections with students' individual management goals and aspirations.

Applications for the Rockefeller Center's Fall 2011 Management & Leadership Development Program are due on Monday, May 16th. Complete the application online.

You can also apply now for a spot in the Winter 2012 or Spring 2012 group.


Questions? Email, or stop by the MLDP table at Collis from 3-7 PM on Friday, May 13th.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2011-2012 Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Participants Selected

The Rockefeller Center is excited to announce the list of students participating in the 2011-2012 Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange. Every term, the Rockefeller Center sends four students to study at Oxford University’s Keble College ( Students on the program take two courses in Government or Economics under Oxford’s legendary tutorial system.

Fall attendees (top row, left to right): Sean Zhang '13, Amy Zhang '13, Anuj Gupta '13, and Kali Montecalvo '13. Winter attendees (middle row, left to right): Sam Marullo '13, Austin Pogue '13, Jae Koo '11, and Elizabeth King '13. Spring attendees (bottom row, left to right): Yu’ao Wu '13, Joshua Kornberg '13, Larissa Russell '13, and Lindsay Brewer '13.
Elena Falloon ’11, who attended Keble in Fall 2009, says, “The tutorial system forced me to read critically, write with a strong thesis and possible counterarguments in mind and learn how to defend my work confidently and gracefully.” Students on the exchange are fully-integrated members of the Oxford community, living on-campus and participating in co-curricular and social activities.

For more information on the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange, visit our website or contact Professor Ron Shaiko (603-646-9146) or Jane DaSilva (603-646-2229).

Careers in the US Foreign Service Panel: Thursday, 5/12 at noon

*Focus on Careers in the US Foreign Service*

w/ Ambassador Ross Wilson
and Career Diplomat Margo Squire

moderated by Ambassador Ken Yalowitz

THURSDAY, May 12th
12pm-1pm (panel & networking opportunity)
Haldeman 041


In 2008, Ross Wilson completed three decades in the US Foreign Service, including six years as American ambassador to Turkey in 2005-08 and to Azerbaijan in 2000-03. Elsewhere overseas, he served at the US embassies in Moscow and Prague and was American Consul General in Melbourne, Australia. In Washington, Ambassador Wilson served as Chief of Staff for Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick in 2005. In 1997-2000, Ambassador Wilson served as Principal Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States (of the former Soviet Union).

A career Foreign Service Officer, Margo joined the U.S. Information Agency in 1984 and has served with USIA and the State Department in Munich, Moscow, Melbourne, Baku, Ankara and Washington. She has experience in public affairs, international broadcasting, educational exchanges, and management of USG assistance activities. She has also worked in the private sector and in NGOs. Margo is currently a Division Director in the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State.

Amb. Yalowitz is the current director of the John Sloan Dickey Center of International Understanding and retired from the US Department of State in 2001 after 36 years as career diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service. He served twice as a U. S. ambassador: to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997; and to Georgia from 1998-2001.

Join Ross and Margo to hear about their experiences within the US foreign service, and ask any questions you might have about pursuing a career as a diplomat!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2011 Microfinance USA Conference: May 23-24 in New York City

Date: May 23-24, 2011 
Location: New York City

Microfinance USA is the conference where the nation's leading microfinance champions exchange ideas and information that set the agenda for the future of the field. Join the conversation with expert practitioners, top investors, and frontline researchers to explore and expand microfinance in the U.S.

With more than 200 speakers and over 40 panels, you can engage with a wide variety of topics and speakers!

Topics that will be discussed at this year's conference include:

  • What does “Microfinance” mean? - debating and defining our terminology
  • Savings: The future of Microfinance
  • Understanding the Underbanked Consumer and the Future of Financial Services.
Over two days, you can:

  • Network with leading practitioners and researchers in the U.S. microfinance field
  • Attend plenary sessions and panels led by the nation's leading microfinance voices.
  • Deepen your understanding of the challenges facing Microfinance Institutions through case-study analysis.
  • Experience microfinance first-hand by touring local microenterprises in New York.
  • Debate current microfinance topics during small group sessions and networking dinners.
  • Collaborate with young professionals across the country

Microfinancce USA 2010 Highlights

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Now Recruiting: United States Secret Service

The United States Secret Service is seeking highly qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds interested in a fast paced, challenging and rewarding career for our Special Agent, Uniformed Division Police Officer, Special Officer and Administrative, Professional and Technical positions. They are in search of the brightest and best-qualified undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional skills, experience backgrounds and cultural diversity for employment.

The United States Secret Service's complex dual mission includes two responsibilities, protection of our nation's leaders and criminal investigations. The protective mission includes protection of the President and Vice President of the United States; former Presidents; major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates; visiting foreign heads of state; diplomats; and diplomatic facilities in the Washington, DC, area. Investigative responsibilities include counterfeiting, financial institution fraud, credit card fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes and identity theft.

Some of the other primary qualification requirements for the law enforcement positions are that applicants must successfully complete a written examination, and be at least 21 and less than 40 years old at the time of appointment. For special agents, you must be between the ages of 21 and 37 at the time of appointment. The Secret Service’s Administrative, Professional and Technical positions are not covered by the age requirements and have qualifications specific to each position. All positions require that applicants be United States citizens and successfully meet the requirements for a top secret security clearance. A complete description of position duties and qualifications may be viewed on their web site. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Leadership, Activism, and Economic Human Rights: May 9th at 5 PM, Top of the Hop

Monday, May 9, 2011
5:00 PM • Top of the Hop
"Leadership, Activism, and Economic Human Rights"

Cheri Honkala
Founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU)

Cheri Honkala was a single mother collecting public assistance in Philadelphia when she founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU). After speaking with other mothers in her situation around North Philadelphia, she realized there was a need for community support and raising awareness on issues related to homelessness, affordable housing, and most importantly economic human rights. The KWRU was Honkala's effort to join the historic legacy of activists who have attempted to mobilize a mass movement by poor people in the United States so that they might make use of the political power they have by virtue of being US citizens.

Cheri Honkala's visit to Dartmouth has been organized by the Class of 2011 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

This discussion will focus on Honkala's struggles as a leader in under-resourced conditions. As an organizer for welfare rights in the 1990s, Honkala was combating broad based political and social forces that had been coalescing since FDR first wrote federal welfare into law. By 1991, when she founded the organization, almost all of society had agreed it was time to "end welfare as we know it." Honkala will also discuss her emphasis on economic human rights as the foundational motivation for this movement, focusing primarily on the ways in which she attempted to add this concept of rights to the larger US consciousness of citizenship entitlements.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Boston’s Leadership Development and Civic Engagement Fair: Monday May 16th

Date: Monday, May 16, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: City Year National Headquarters, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Are you looking for a professional development opportunity or a meaningful opportunity to build relationships with peers from across the city? Then join us at EPIP’s upcoming event showcasing Boston’s various Leadership Development and Civic Engagement Programs to be held at City Year on May 16, 2011. Boston offers a range of leadership development and civic engagement programs. 

Come hear first hand from the various types of programs in a career fair setting. Join representatives from the Arts & Business Council’s Business on Board program; Boston Cares’ Civic Leadership Institute; Boston Center for Community and Justice’s LeadBoston Program; Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership; the Environmental Leadership Program; the Future Boston Alliance; Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Program; Boston's Future Leaders; and, the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program.