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


Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in April for their biannual meeting. Visitors, who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center, are all Dartmouth alumni and represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

Each year, at the conclusion of their first day of meetings, Visitors attend a reception held in Hinman Forum where they meet and talk with students involved with the Center.

The Reverend Leah Daughtry ’84, 2017 recipient of the Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award spoke on “Building the Bench: Educating and Training the Next Generation of Political Leaders” at a dinner hosted by the Rockefeller Center to honor Visitors, their guests, and the many campus partners that collaborate with the Center throughout the year.

The Board also heard from Sarah Han ’17, Priya Ramaiah ’17, Kevin Zhang ’17, and Alexa Sonnenfeld ’17 about their experience with the PBPL 85: Practicum in Global Policy Leadership course, which conducted an evaluation of civil society in Ukraine during the Fall term and then traveled there with Professor Ronald Shaiko for two weeks in December.

Daughtry ’84 Named Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced the Reverend Leah D. Daughtry ’84 as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

This award was established by the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors in 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a similar commitment to these shared ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.

Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.

Daughtry will receive the award in Hanover during the Board of Visitor’s biannual spring meeting in April.

Emergent Leadership for Life

Kate Hilton ’99, a senior faculty member at ReThink Health, spoke to the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows on February 9, 2017. Kate is an expert in issues such as designing organizing efforts, teaching leadership skills, and strategizing with multi-stakeholder teams to take collective action.

Kate’s session began with a reading of her father’s high school graduation speech, as well as his eulogy. The two readings, although far apart in time, displayed the importance of consistency. Her father’s high school speech was focused on tolerance and the pursuit of vocational mastery. These themes were also clear in his eulogy, as his fellow doctors saw that his care for both patients and other doctors alike knew no bounds.

Public Program: Jon Kohl '92 “The Future Has Other Plans”

More and more often, we are hearing about the impacts that our modern lifestyle has on our world and the natural resources contained therein. Particularly, parks and heritage areas worldwide are in the midst of a crisis, and little attention is currently devoted to their preservation. While it is true that preservation planning is often underfunded, it seems that there is also a fundamental issue in the assumptions used to create resource management plans in these crucial spaces.

Public Program: “Crime and the Constitution: Arrest, Trial, Incarceration”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the United States had a total correctional population of 6,741,400 people at the end of 2015. Delving deeper into the prison system’s high numbers, we see a disparity in the inmates’ predominant socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. In questioning the social problems such as crime, poverty, prejudice and political corruption, we must also look at the legal system that perpetuates these ideas and systematic issues. The historical and contemporary patterns of inequality are directly influenced by the Constitution and the court. This event will focus on the constitutionality of arrests, trials, and incarceration following crime.

Student Dinner Discussion with Harry Enten '11

There were 180+ attendees at the “Aftermath: What the 2016 Election Taught Us About Polls, Predictions and American Politics” event with Harry Enten ’11 on Feb 3, with a majority of students in the audience.

Interesting aspects of the lecture included Enten’s assessment of how little the greater majority of the polled public understands about polling and statistical data analysis. The background information of the data covers confidence intervals and also concerns itself with the weighting of groups in a data sample to be representative of a population. Without knowledge of this, we really do not have a firm grasp on what the numbers mean. Enten did a great job contextualizing the decisions FiveThirtyEight made and how it presented its data to the public. Highlights of the event also included the degree to which he dispelled some commonly held notions about the inaccuracy of polls and polling this past cycle. Some audience members asked about specific signs prior to the election; in turn, Enten discussed political trends and variability in political figures.

Notes from the Field: Alex Frye ’17

Alex Frye interned at the Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman '78 in Washington D.C. during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of his experience in his own words.

Several constituent services that I helped with included giving tours of the Capitol building, answering phone calls, sorting mail, and assisting with casework. I also helped set up and assist with our weekly constituent coffees where constituents could come into the office for breakfast and to talk with Senator Portman in person. In helping the communications staff, I composed news article summaries that were sent out to the office first thing each morning. I also researched different quotes and statistics regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, which Senator Portman has been supporting for years and was finally passed in the summer. In addition, I transcribed speeches from the Senator. To assist other staffers, I drafted letters to be sent to constituents and wrote memos on hearings.

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.”

Don't Go It Alone

This past week, we were excited to have Alison Fragale, Dartmouth Class of 1997, join us at our Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) session. Alison’s session, entitled “Don’t go it alone: Effective delegation and empowerment for leaders”, engaged the fellows with a variety of effective learning experiences. First, Alison has the fellows dive into a group activity. Students were split into managers and production teams and were tasked with putting back together a square following a very specific plan that only the managers could see. The managers had to figure out how communicate effectively with the production team about how to build the shape before the “production” process of reassembling the figure could begin. As Alison explained after the activity, the job of a manager is to “get people to draw their own diagram” rather than just explain things to them. This lesson resonated with us and got us all thinking about how to inspire the people we lead to make their own understanding of how to do something.

Board of Visitors' Fall Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened this month for their biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

In addition to their regular agenda items, and time spent meeting with faculty and staff, Visitors had the opportunity to hear in more detail about two projects the Center has been piloting in collaboration with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.


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