The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


What Should the Fed be Doing Now?

In December 2015 the Federal Reserve raised the interest rate from 0.00% to 0.25%, marking the first rate-hike in seven years. Due to negative responses from the market after the rate-hike and a perceived slowing of the economy at the end of 2015, the Fed’s Committee elected to keep rates steady at their January meeting. The next meeting where rates could potentially be raised again will take place in March. Seemingly small rate-hikes send major waves through the U.S. and international economies; thus, the Fed’s statements are analyzed extensively. While the Fed is seeking to scale back years of stimulus with 0.00% rates, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has given indicators that the ECB will adjust monetary policy to deliver an increased stimulus.

Reflections On Black History Month by Jordyn Turner '16

February marks the observance of Black History Month. However, the discussion on race does not begin or end with this month: issues of race are pervasive and have significant effects – both tangible and systemic – on the lives of people of color in this country that span well beyond the parameters of 28 days. 

Rev. Leah Daughtry, pastor of The House of the Lord Church and CEO of the 2016 National Democratic Convention Committee, reminded us of the universal nature of race issues with the delivery of her powerful message on the importance of civil discourse – one of several of the Rockefeller Center’s programming events organized in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month. 

Inspiring Stories from Women in Leadership

Women in contemporary American society have seen more opportunities than ever for meaningful leadership roles in the workplace. As increasing numbers of women become CEOs, professors, and even presidential candidates, it seems that few societal barriers remain to prevent women from professional advancement. Yet it remains an open question if women receive treatment truly equal to men within a workplace environment. Is the day-to-day experience at work really equivalent for the genders?

Four women in leadership roles spoke to these questions in a panel discussion at the Rockefeller Center titled “Inspiring Stories from Women in Leadership.” The panel featured female leaders representing a variety of sectors within today’s professional world. The panelists shared their personal experiences, challenges, successes and insights about the realities of professional women in contemporary society.

The panel included the following women leaders:

Problem Solving Through Negotiation

On a daily basis, people are faced with problems and often negotiation is required to achieve the most desirable outcome. On February sixteenth, Professor John Garvey from the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, came to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center to talk to MLDP students about the importance of negotiating and how to become a great negotiator.

"The best negotiators are firm, fair, and friendly," said Garvey. He went on to explain that negotiation itself is a process, which includes a lot of preparatory work, such as research and information gathering, before even approaching a deal. Garvey stressed the importance of knowing yourself and knowing others when making negotiations in order to get the best possible outcome.

“The session made me realize that I negotiate for things everyday," said session participant Helen Thomas '18. "Learning to negotiate well and keeping in mind other people’s interests is an incredibly valuable skill.”

Leadership for Others Part II

The fifth session of D-LAB focused on leadership in practice, by enabling participants to identify and reflect on concerns within the Dartmouth Community. Prior to the session, participants thought about what problems they experienced or witnessed on campus.

Keynote speaker Caitlin Barthelmes, director of the Dartmouth Student Wellness Center, opened the session. She stated that the peer health educators at UVA helped her find her path and lay the foundation for her career in wellness, and noted that D-LAB enables participants a chance to find their path. Caitlin expressed that emotions and behaviors are infectious and “how we feel, express ourselves, and act effect others”. Listening to a variety of perspectives leads to collaboration because one finds common ground and unites over passions.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Niamé Daffé ’18

Niamé Daffé ’18 began working for the Rockefeller Center her freshman year during winter interim. The Center is quite a busy place during breaks and often hires several students to assist with various projects that get sidelined during the terms.

Originally, Niamé had only planned to work for the Center during break. “After seeing what great work Niamé is capable of performing, along with her fantastic work ethic and wonderful attitude she brings to work each and every day,” says Elizabeth Celtrick, Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Programs, “I really encouraged her to stay on and continue being part of our team. Lucky for us, she did!”

Is There Life After Iowa and New Hampshire?

With the passing of the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, two crucial steps in the lead up to the Presidential election have now occurred. As members of the Dartmouth community, many of us had the opportunity to participate in Tuesday’s primary. Political primaries are an essential component of the political process as they hold outsized sway over public opinion. Despite the relatively small number of voters, the media, the American public, the candidates, donors and other politicians pay close attention to the results of these early contests. Everyone seeks an answer to the same question – which candidates have the ability to progress onto later primaries and to potentially win the election?

The Rockefeller Center hosted a panel of Dartmouth Government Department faculty who study American politics, to share their expertise. The panel included Professors Joseph Bafumi, Linda Fowler and Dean Lacy and was moderated by Professor Ron Shaiko.

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Megan Mishra '17

According to Megan Mishra ’17, participating in the Dartmouth Exchange Program at the University of Oxford’s Keble College was part of her D-Plan from the very start after talking to then senior Jonathan Pedde ’14 who had gone on the exchange the previous year.

As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, students take courses in the British tutorial system that count towards their majors. Megan took two tutorials, one in public economics and one in microeconomic theory and policy. She found the specificity and depth of discussion each week challenging yet really rewarding. “The anticipation of an in-depth exchange with the professor, often one-on-one, pushed me to thoroughly study the material ahead of time,” explained Megan. “I think the tutorial system of learning really forces you to master the subject.” 

A Place for the Displaced: Finding Home & Health For Refugees

“A Place for the Displaced,” the fourth annual symposium put on by Geisel’s chapter of Physician for Human Rights, the Nathan Smith Society, and the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health explored the issue of refugee health. The two-day event was a chance to foster discussion around the current Syrian refugee crisis and to shed light on the pockets of refugees living in communities near us such as Manchester, Concord and Burlington. The program followed the journey of migrants around the world; we began by examining of the global context of forced migration, then moved on to exploring refugee camps and refugees’ immediate health needs, and closed the day by looking at process of resettlement within the U.S.

Presentation Design for the User Experience

We live in a world with an overwhelming amount of data, but what does that data mean? David Uejio, Acting Chief Strategy Officer at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), facilitated the sixth session of MLDP on presentation design for the user experience.

Uejio shared with students that presenting concepts and ideas in a clear and compelling manner is essential to effective leadership. Impactful storytelling aligns people in a way that little else does.

By use of his own presentation, Uejio showed the group how illuminating data in a way that tells a story the audience can understand is much more powerful than a presentation full of complex numbers. Each and every presentation should be viewed as an opportunity to engage the audience, frame the narrative, and accentuate the story.

By the end of the session, he had provided students with an intellectual framework for their ideas—basically a presentation tool kit.

-Submitted Mary Sieredzinski ’17, MLDP Student Program Assistant


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