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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MLDP Recap: Developing a Global Mindset

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information, about MLDP, click here.

Ever since 2000, Wohlforth has expanded the programmatic offerings of the Dickey Center, and because of her involvement at Dickey, her session focused on developing a global mindset. Through narratives Wohlforth spoke about what a global mindset is, how it enhances effectiveness in cross-cultural settings, and how to explore different ways to prepare and improve cross-cultural sensitivity. Wohlforth explained that many of the leadership skills and values we have discussed thus far in the program depend on context, which was an aspect in leadership I had not connected. For example, communication relies on context and understanding your audience('s culture).

Another important aspect in the lecture was Intercultural sensitivity. This type of sensitivity is important because it allows us to navigate different landscapes much smoother. In fact, there is a continuum (ranging from denial, defense, minimization, acceptance, adaptation, and finally integration) to which we can measure our own intercultural sensitivity. The point that took me by surprise was that although we may progress up the continuum there are circumstances and situations in which we move down to a more "reserved" state. We want to maintain a high level of intercultural sensitivity because management and leadership both rely on its effectiveness in business contexts, roles in which we are involved with other cultures, and developing a narrative that binds missions together. Wohlforth's lecture paved the way for the appreciation of my own global mindset and the steps I take to continuously challenge and improve my intercultural sensitivity.

-Edgar Sandoval '14

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monica Ramirez to speak about "Injustice on Our Plates" at 4:30 PM on Thursday, 10/27/11

Immigrant women in the United States sacrifice their bodies in order to feed their families by toiling in the fields, working in bone-chilling conditions in poultry plants, and by laboring under sub-standard conditions in meat-packing plants and restaurants throughout the U.S. This presentation will provide an overview of the plight of immigrant women employed in the U.S. food industry, including an in-depth look at the economic and sexual exploitation that these women suffer to put food on American tables.

Do you eat? Then learn how you can help protect these women from further exploitation.
  • Who are the immigrant women employed in the U.S. food industry?
  • What economic and sexual exploitation has been endured by these low-wage immigrant women employed in the U.S. food industry?
  • What are the action steps for consumers to support immigrant women as they seek justice for improved living and working conditions in the U.S.?
Join us on October 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm in Room 1, Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth for the next Rockefeller Center public program: 

"Injustice on Our Plates: Understanding the Plight of Immigrant Women Employed in the U.S. Food Industry"

with guest speaker - Mónica Ramírez
Director, Esperanza: The Immigrant Women's Legal Initiative
Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center

Open House for Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange at Keble College - Monday, 10/24/11 at 6:30 pm

Don't miss our Open House for Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange at Keble College!

Monday, 10/24/11
6:30 pm
Room 2, Rockefeller Hall

2011 - 2012 Keble Attendees

APPLICATION DEADLINE:Tuesday, February 1, 2012
(for all terms of the 2012-2013 academic year)

Apply online at Off-Campus Programs.

Information is also available online or in the Center’s 2nd floor resource area.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Students at Dartmouth Discuss Republican Presidential Candidates at #econdebate Focus Group

On October 11, 2011, sixteen Dartmouth undergraduates participated in a focus group prior to and immediately following the Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth College. The panelists came from all walks of life and were selected in hopes of representing the diversity of the campus.

The group was joined by Professor Ron Shaiko, Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at the Rockefeller Center, who served as their facilitator for this focus group. The focus group began with a discussion of the students’ first political experiences, agents of political socialization, and political ideology.

The panel then discussed the three presidents whom the students had been most aware of in their lives - Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Panelists were then asked what kind of characteristics they looked for in a strong president. After this analysis, the panel was asked to discuss how much they knew of each of the GOP presidential candidates, and espouse both positive and negative traits about each of the eight contenders. The session drew to a close for the afternoon and reconvened after the Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth College later that evening.

At the debate, the panelists had the opportunity to watch the debate together as members of the stage audience in Spaulding Auditorium and met up afterwards to discuss what they had seen and heard. They were asked whether their general views of each candidate improved, diminished or remained about the same. Following their general assessments, the panelists were also asked to identify the candidates who demonstrated the traits of a strong president which had been compiled earlier in the afternoon. The group was then able to speak with members of the media to discuss their opinions of the debate.

The focus group students were uniformly impressed with Governor Mitt Romney and uniformly unimpressed with Governor Rick Perry. All other Republican candidates received mixed reviews.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MLDP Recap: The Art of the Public Narrative

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information, about MLDP, click here.

Last night over dinner and exercises, Kate Hilton shared with the MLDP group the power of public narrative. She talked about two different ways of gaining knowledge, with our heads vs our heart. Argument can be strategic and logical, but Ms. Hilton focused instead on developing narrative to move people in order to motivate to act. How does one achieve this? Ms. Hilton proposed three components in any speech, exemplified in Obama's 2004 Illinois address. Obama drew the crowd in with where his mother and father came from, raised the American dream he shares with his audience, and described the work that need to be done. The story of self, to the story of us, and the story of now. Obama ended his speech with a specific action for his audience: vote for John Kerry.

What did MLDP participants say was their main takeaway? Stories people can relate to. Ones with values shared with the audience, that show vulnerability and that overcome obstacles. One last thought: visual images have power, and that is, perhaps, what is at the heart of public narrative.

-Lusha Zhou '13

Saturday, October 15, 2011

MLDP Recap: Connecting Through LinkedIn

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information, about MLDP, click here.

Danielle Thompson ’97, Rockefeller Center Assistant Director, presented this special session of MLDP. The presentation opened with a broader look at the benefits the Rockefeller Center has afforded students pursuing public policy internships. Two students with former Rockefeller-funded internships presented briefly then answered questions.

The participants present had various levels of experience with LinkedIn – some people were signing up for the first time, and others were curious about how to better implement their LinkedIn accounts. One of the key features Ms. Thompson noted was that LinkedIn is an increasingly popular vehicle for showcasing one’s experience; a LinkedIn page has now become the Rockefeller Center’s preferred resume format.

The Groups function, as shown by Ms. Thompson, is a powerful networking tool as well, and each student joined two groups that they were particularly eligible for. One of the most important functions of groups is to function as a sort of job bulletin board – one can search for a position matching a set of criteria and immediately find a list of positions to match. Thompson encouraged students to build as large a network and a complete a profile as possible.

The world of online communication is shrinking and it is advantageous to capitalize on the resulting opportunities.

-Will Lowry '13

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dartmouth Alum-Run Company,, Shares Data Analysis of Republican Presidential Candidates #econdebate

The #EconDebate has come and gone, but the importance of election and the impressions that we share with others via social media continues.  In this post, we'd like to highlight the work of Dartmouth alum Rob Leathern (classmate of Rockefeller Center Assistant Director Danielle Thompson '97) and his company,  Their blog included a recent post that has been summarized below, with a note from founder and CEO Rob Leathern '97.

If you are a Dartmouth alum and would like to share your public policy-related news or work with the Rockefeller Center audience, we encourage you to submit your ideas directly to Danielle for consideration.

Original Post @
"Investigating the Republican Presidential Pool of Candidates through Social Data"

With the Republican primary election campaign getting into full swing, the data team decided to mine our proprietary social media graph, in order to shed light on the race’s themes and personalities; and perhaps even to steer us toward a prediction of who might take on President Obama in next year’s general election...
...The interest graph is dominated by a dense, central cluster of Republican politicians (‘mike huckabee’, ‘tim pawlenty’), media personalities (‘bill o’reilly’, ‘sean hannity’), and Republican boosters (‘federalist society’, ‘positively republican’, ‘tea party patriots’). Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are all solidly in this cluster, expressing the sort of ‘race-to-the-base’ into which presidential primary contests tend to evolve...

...To the extent the primary election becomes about policy instead of personality, it appears that Perry may have an edge...Perry is also the only candidate who shows a strong affinity with Ronald Reagan. If the tone of the primary moves away from policy and becomes an exercise in occupying and mobilizing the cult of Reagan; well, Perry may have that wrapped up as well.

More commentary can be found on the Original Post @
"I've always been fascinated by the intersection between business, technology and consumer behavior (since the days I majored in Computer Science and Economics at Dartmouth.) And nowhere is that confluence playing out more than in the realm of social media on Facebook and LinkedIn. works with agencies and brands - large and small - to help them understand how to best distribute their message via both paid and virally via social media...and we're learning new things daily. This election has a special significance for me, since I became a US citizen just in time to vote in 2008. I'm very excited to see democracy continue to unfold in Hanover and beyond!" -- Rob Leathern '97, CEO & Founder

About is the first advertising technology company to be both an approved Facebook Ads API Tools vendor and have built its own robust real-time bidding and audience infrastructure, integrated with all major ad inventory sources.  Based in San Francisco and backed by a proven team of social media and audience experts, the technology team created for Display and  for Social, the leading multivariate ad platform for Facebook.  Visit to learn more about the company’s media and data products.

MLDP Recap: Writing in the Workplace

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information about MLDP, click here.

MLDP Session Three, “Writing in the Workplace” was directed by Julie Kalish '91 on Wednesday, October 13, 2011. Kalish is a Vermont attorney and lecturer in both Dartmouth's Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and Vermont Law School's Legal Writing Department. Kalish asked the group about their writing experience, and whether they’d had to do writing assignments in leave-term or summer jobs, what kinds of writing they’d done, and whether they thought Dartmouth had adequately prepared them for those different writing styles. She stressed that the workplace requires different things than English teachers do, but that many of the same principals definitely apply. 

While the workplace audience is broader and can include colleagues, bosses, and clients, three universals of good writing still apply: clarity, concision, and correctness. Clarity is about characters and actions; to go along with that, Kalish suggested using active verbs rather than longer, flowery nominal phrases. Concision is important because the workplace audience is busy and doesn’t have time to read overly wordy documents or to hunt for the basic information in a document. Wordiness requires interpretation; on the other hand, one shouldn’t pare down writing to the point of leaving out important or key information. Correctness means not only accuracy of grammar, word choice, syntax, spelling, citing sources, but also cultural sensitivity and workplace values. 

Kalish then had participants work in small groups on hypothetical situations, most based on actual work scenarios. Each group was given a problem that required a written reply; the group conferred, decided on a solution, and composed an email response, considering personnel, the institution, and how and to whom to respond. After 20 minutes or so, Kalish asked for a few groups to share their hypothetical situation and their solution/response, saying what factors they considered in responding as they did, then asked the entire group for comments about the solutions. Overall, the session was very informative and helpful, and will be very useful for students going forward.

-Will Lowry '13

Senior Honors Thesis Grants - Class of 2012 Deadline: October 14, 2011

Plan to write a senior honors thesis in the social sciences?

The Rockefeller Center funds this research by providing grants of up to $1,000 for Dartmouth undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Examples of grants awarded to members of the Class of 2011 include:
  • Stefan Uddenberg - " The Influence of Emotion on Perceptual Direction Tuning Curves"
  • Lauren Bowman - "Democratizing the Boston Public School System: An Assertion of Personhood and Quest for Citizenship, 1954-1972"
  • Kyung Ho Paik - "The Road for Tourists: Tourism and Transport Infrastructure in Korea and Japan, and their Relationship"
  • Emily Broas - "The Discursive Foundations of an Exclusionary Landscape: Building a Transit Town in Clarendon, VA"
  • Maya Granit - "Out from Invisible: The Kensington Welfare Rights Union and Homeless Antipoverty Activism, 1991-1998"
  • Alexandra Mahler-Haug - "Going Corporate: Investigating State Use of Privatized Military Companies in the Post-Cold War Era"
  • Ellen McDevitt - "Outside the Boundaries of Empire: Everest Expeditions in British Popular Culture, 1920-1953"
  • Matthew Forman - "Science and Skill: Artisans, Natural Philosophers, and their Knowledge in Restoration London"
  • Laura Zapata: "Criminal Aliens or Simply Latino? Testing Claims of Racial Profiling in Localized Immigration Law Enforcement Programs"
  • Michael Stinetorf - "War of the Scalpel: A Study of the Efficiency of Targeted Killing"
For each graduating class, there are application deadlines in the Spring and the Fall.  For the current academic year, those deadlines are:
  • Class of 2012 - Friday, October 14, 2011
  • Class of 2013 - Friday, May 18, 2012 
All completed applications must be received in 203 Rockefeller Hall by 4 PM.  Find application materials and more information online.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Participate in the #EconDebate Discussion: Text Polls

Let your voice be heard.

Two different questions out there for you to respond to related to the Republican Presidential Debate tonight.  Both polls are hosted by Bloomberg and are open to everyone - not just Dartmouth students and Upper Valley community.

  • Text "Poll" to 36500 to participate in the first poll.  [We suggest that you submit your response to this question before moving to the next.]
  • Text "Debate" to 36500 to participate in the second poll.
* standard SMS text message rates apply *

Monday, October 10, 2011

What traits are you looking for in a US President? Live Online Event with Prof. Shaiko

Join Professor Ron Shaiko on the Dartmouth Facebook page TODAY (October 10, 2011) from 2 - 4 PM as he answers YOUR questions live. 

Watch the video, and "Ask Dartmouth" your thoughts related to the upcoming #econdebate and presidential election cycle.

Monday, October 3, 2011

MLDP Recap: Effective Group Planning

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information about MLDP, click here.

This week, the MLDP program welcomed Marty Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs is the President of Systems In Sync, a firm that specializes in strategic planning for corporations and other organized groups. Ms. Jacobs introduced the group to a variety of activities designed to facilitate effective group planning. In one example, she challenged participants to complete an activity (to keep a balloon from touching the floor within our small groups) and then introduced a new challenge variable (another balloon was added) to the group as the activity progressed. At the end of the activity, Ms. Jacobs stressed how important it is for groups to be resilient and to plan for and adapt to possible variables that could alter a

Ms. Jacobs also introduced a new three-pronged test she thinks any group should use before they start to address a problem. First, she said it is necessary for a group to have a shared mission or a common belief as to “why we are here.” Without that, a group cannot possibly work cohesively enough to move to the other two prongs of the test. She said that a group needs a common vision. She told how so many groups lack this second part of the test and as a result even work counter-intuitively. Finally, she said it is necessary for groups to have common values. She believes this is a frequently overlooked requirement but just as critical as the other two parts of the test.
Ms. Jacobs finished by citing case study examples of various strategic plans she has
worked on in the past. She challenged MLDP group participants to use strategic planning
strategies to address issues on campus and in their own lives.

-Tyler Kuhn '14