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Increasing Students' Intercultural Leadership Competencies

The Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) was first piloted in the 2012 spring term to develop the leadership competencies of students during intercultural experiences, both academic and professional, while at Dartmouth and beyond. RGLP begins each term on campus with weekly sessions. There is a culminating fieldwork excursion during its seventh week that helps students experience cultural diversity firsthand.

During the 2016 Winter term, 24 RGLP participants, along with the Center’s Deputy Director Sadhana Hall and Program Officer Vincent Mack, traveled to New York City for the off-campus portion of the program, organized in large part with the hands-on involvement of two Center Board of Visitors, Robert Tichio ’99 and Maya Wiley ’86, who work in the city.

“We have a unique opportunity to engage this generation of up-and-coming leaders to make a difference in the communities where they work and serve,” said Robert Tichio, Partner and Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, who moderated a panel discussion of three fellow alumni on “Diversity in the Public and Private Workplace: Advancing Understandings of Race, Gender and LGBT Identities.”

Notes from the Field: Elizabeth Klein ’17

Human trafficking remains an obscure but rampant atrocity in the US with most victims averaging around 12-13 years of age. 

Elizabeth Klein ’17 spent her winter term interning at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office in the Human Trafficking Division, working to raise awareness, promote community outreach, and conduct public policy research in contribution to the fight against this crime.

Elizabeth’s internship coincided with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and as a result, she had the opportunity to help write speeches and prepare presentations for different events centered on human trafficking. Through this experience, Elizabeth was able to learn a lot about the nuances of the issue. She explains, “By writing these remarks and brainstorming with my supervisor, I learned so much not just about human trafficking itself but about the many issues surrounding it - our society's perception of mental health and sexual violence, the role of trauma in court proceedings, and so on.”

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Eric Jung '17

This past winter, Eric Jung ’17 participated in the exchange program sponsored by the Rockefeller Center to Keble College in Oxford University to continue his studies as a government major and public policy minor.

While at Keble, Eric really appreciated the depth of the tutorial system and the classes at Oxford. “They get straight to the application and analysis… I definitely learned a lot in a very short amount of time,” Eric says.  Eric especially enjoyed learning to think logically. “[Classes] definitely taught me new ways of thinking that I’ve never thought about before—like how to find flaws in an argument, or logical fallacies,” Eric says.

Outside of the classroom, Eric enjoyed Oxford’s housing system. “Oxford has these different colleges, and you’re kind of insulated in that college.” He especially loved the fact that each college at Oxford has its own library. During the term, Eric also took advantage of the opportunity to travel in Europe, flying to Sicily with the other Dartmouth students in the program.

Notes from the Field: Rocio Cara Labrador ’15

Rocio Cara Labrador ’15 is the Class of 1971 Named Intern for the 2015-2016 academic year. She interned at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations during the 2016 winter term.

The delegation, which speaks for and facilitates cooperation among the national delegations of the 28 countries of the European Union, is part of the foreign service of the European Union and works to maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with the other Member States of the UN, as well as tackles pertinent global issues.

As an intern, Cara was given huge responsibilities that she earned from her high experience levels. She primarily wrote speeches and statements, but also composed briefings on topics such as peacekeeping operations--giving her the opportunity to work alongside the chief of staff and head of public diplomacy efforts.

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Devyn Greenberg '17

Devyn Greenberg '17 participated in the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program at Keble College during 2016 Winter Term. Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Communications, Niki Bakhru '17, interviewed her once she was back on campus about her term abroad.

NB: How would you describe your overall experience at Oxford? What did you enjoy the most?

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Jing Li ’16

Jing Li ’16 has worked at the Rockefeller Center since her sophomore spring as a Student Program Assistant for Student Workshops.  Her first experience with Rocky was as a participant in the Management and Leadership Development Program, which she liked so much that she wanted to get involved with Rocky at a deeper level.  She consequently applied for this position and was hired.

As Jing explains it, the Student Workshops program “invites guest speakers who come in and run a workshop that’s leadership-oriented or career-oriented,” catered to students who wish to develop their professional capacities.  Her favorite workshop is the Etiquette Dinner, which happens every fall and spring. Robert Shutt, a consultant with RA Solutions, leads the group through the art of business dining over a three course meal catered by the Hanover Inn. “Shine while you dine,” says Shutt. Manners matter and courtesy counts and never forget that the meal is not the most important part of the encounter.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 12, 2016

Two PRS Teams Testify in Concord

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, two teams of students from the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord, NH to testify before two committees in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.  In the morning session, PRS students Leehi Yona ‘16 and Patrick Saylor ’16 testified before the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. Robert Introne.  Yona and Saylor presented the findings derived from their PRS Brief, “Modernizing New Hampshire’s Electrical Grid,” co-authored with Jordan Einhorn ‘17 and Dennise Hernandez ’17.  They presented their findings to the full committee and responded to questions from committee members following their presentation. 

The Wave is No Longer New

A crowd of overdressed business school students and thousands of business people in their element can be a little intimidating for a freshman in a pair of casual slim fit khaki pants and a semi-formal shirt with sleeves rolled up. The Harvard Africa Business Conference (HABC) was my very first formal business conference and it was quite the experience. It was eye-opening about the plentiful potential that lies in the continent. More specifically, it was eye-opening about the plentiful potential that lies in young people who are driving economic progress throughout the continent in their respective countries.

Management and Leadership Development Program Awards Excellence

Before the final session of the 16W Management and Leadership Development Program, participants were asked to nominate their peers for Awards of Excellence. Reasoning for a nomination may be due to anything from consistent active engagement to prompting thoughtful discussions in small groups. If a participant received three or more nominations, they completed the program with excellence. On behalf of the Rockefeller Center, we would like to congratulate the following students for completing the 16W Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence:

Alisa White ’17 came prepared to pay attention and to genuinely learn. She thought deeply when reflecting on each session and contributed well-thought out questions and comments to group discussions. Alisa was assertive, spoke confidently, clearly, and articulately. In addition, she was always in attendance, actively listened, and was very receptive and amiable.

GlobeMed at Dartmouth's 4th Annual Benefit Dinner

Recently, the Rockefeller Center helped fund GlobeMed's 4th annual Benefit Dinner through one of its Mini-Grants. This was the most successful and well attended dinner yet, and it would not have been possible without the financial support of the Rockefeller Center. Hosting this dinner gave us to the opportunity to share our cause with the rest of our Dartmouth community. GlobeMed at Dartmouth is constantly working to understand the current political climate in Burma as well as to help our partner organization, Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, further their mission of improving health equity and access to basic health care for Kachin refugees during the ongoing Civil War. After developing such a close relationship with our partner, it meant the world to us to be able to share our passion with the rest of campus and raise awareness here in Hanover as well.

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