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Andrew Heo '19: A Place Far From Home

There is no doubt that this opportunity was one of the brightest highlights of my first year at Dartmouth. It was a symbol of the powerful combination of teamwork and conviction for the cause of international peace, as well as a journey that opened my mind to the world of international aid and development.

Over the past few months, I have realized my privilege and power as a student at Dartmouth, an Ivy League institution. My membership gave me ready access to a huge network of the most talented youth of the world and organizations existing to help us realize our potentials.

I believed that as students, we shared an inherent connection with youths around the world. I wanted to have a chance to speak to the students of Syria myself and to educate the students of the U.S. with a different side of the story than what the often derogatory fast news on social media made of the situation. So I submitted my project proposal to the Ivy League Council, and, upon acceptance, was a given a team to work with for the newsletter’s completion.

On Global Leadership and Consciousness

Hearing from Dr. Perucci during this week’s RGLP session was a welcome lesson on what it means to be a Global Citizen and Leader, and what it means to have Global Consciousness.

Dr. Perucci challenged us students to think in a globally conscious mindset. That means taking our preconceptions of what certain actions may mean as they apply to our culture and leaving them “at the door” as we step into situations where we encounter cultures other than our own. To be perfectly frank, that was quite difficult to do. When we watched an example of a culture act out a ritual, it required a lot of rethinking of power dynamics and ritual significance that I’ve inherited from living in a solely Western culture my entire life. Even then, I found myself struggling to grasp the significance of the events before me. In this, Dr. Perucci challenged us to develop a Global Consciousness.

Steve Norton Visits PBPL 45 Class

On September 29, 2016, Steve Norton, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, spoke with students in Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class. 

Norton discussed the mission of NHCPPS as well as the Center's most recent 2016 publication, "What Is New Hampshire? An Overview of Issues Shaping the Granite State’s Future."  Student groups in the class are analyzing the data presented in this report as well as in similar reports published by the Center since 2011 and are formulating research reports for specific public policy clients in New Hampshire. 

Norton provided students with a broad substantive overview of the New Hampshire public policy agenda in Concord; he also fielded methodological questions regarding data collection and data quality when analyzing state-level policy issues.

Prior to joining NHCPPS as Executive Director in 2005, Steve Norton was Medicaid Director for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. He also worked at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC throughout the decade of the 1990s.

Leading for your Audience

At the most recent Rockefeller Leadership Fellows retreat, Sadhana Hall spoke to us, the Fellows, about creating a leadership presence. Of the many topics she spoke about, her anecdote of authenticity and integrity deeply resonated with me. I interpret someone’s spoken word as truth, but I sometimes give someone my word and have not followed through in the manner I said I would. I’ve never had an instance where my word has a massive impact on someone’s life; (based from the Fellows last  session with Jay Davis) I haven’t had the “wisdom from bad choices” with vital matters to make good choices with integrity. In this instance, however, learning from someone else’s experience, we all learned the impact and power our words impact others.

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Goes International

Three veteran Policy Research Shop students—Morgan Sandhu ’17, Apoorva Dixit ’17, and Meghana Mishra ’17, along with Kristen Delwiche, a second year medical student at Geisel School of Medicine, participated in a five-month project that tested their policy research skills, project management skills, and teamwork skills in an international setting—Pristina, Kosovo.

In a joint effort between the Rockefeller Center and the Dickey Center for International Understanding, funded through the inaugural round of support provided by the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), the four students were engaged in an advanced policy research seminar offered through the Rockefeller Center’s Public Policy Minor during the spring term.

Cultural Competence

When I joined the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program, I lacked an actual understanding of what the program really endeavored to achieve, or the methods that it would use. I knew that it was centered around the development of inter-cultural skills to facilitate leadership in an increasingly multi-cultural world, but I never really knew what this would entail, or even, what this meant. Even if they were to attempt to make us more culturally apt, I had no idea how this would happen.                        

I found out how this week when we were introduced to the IDI, or the Intercultural Development Inventory. Rather than just being bombarded with random training sessions, our development would actually be highly regimented, and our progress would be gauged using IDI’s own development test. So, instead of forcing us to attend as many lectures as possible on intercultural growth, our development would have a set routine, and rather than being random, would actually focus on the parts of our personality which needed further development.

Getting to Yes: Practical Applications of Negotiation Strategies

On September 17th, the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows welcomed Amanda Prentice ’06 to lead a session on the book “Getting to Yes: Practical Applications of Negotiation Strategies.” Ms. Prentice presented to fellows a high-level overview of the book; prior to the session, fellows prepared by reading the book, allowing for an engaging discussion. Ms. Prentice applied the lessons of negotiation to two potential real life examples: negotiating a higher salary and negotiating for lower rent. Following this discussion, fellows participated in a negotiation exercise.

Ms. Prentice highlighted that negotiation is not about “winning,” especially as negotiation is about dealing with other people. Her main focus was on avoiding positional bargaining as positions are concrete, while interests can be flexible and negotiated. Ms. Prentice also elaborated on the concept of BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement), specifically that having a BATNA is above your bottom line and allows you to know your own interests.

Leadership Directions

Our first session on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 was with Jay Davis, the director of the First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP) and the King Scholars Program at Dartmouth.  Davis began his session by explaining that the RLF program will help us answer the question: “who am I, and who I ought to be?” “We can all be better leaders,” Davis explained, “and I don’t want to work with anyone who thinks that they have nothing left to learn.”

In the first activity, we all went around the room and responded to the question: what leadership quality do you most value? Intuition, flexibility of thought, empathy, clarity, humility, and self-awareness were among the traits that fellows mentioned. What struck me was that no two people came up with the same response to this relatively simple and straightforward question.

Ho-Chun Herbert Chang '18 attends the NIME international conference in Australia

My excitement to attend NIME 2016 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression), at least for 36 hours prior, was in constant turmoil against turbulence, tight transfers half way across the world, and the significant work attached. Hosted this year between July 10 to 14 in Brisbane Australia, NIME is an annual five-day international conference that brings together researchers, musicians, composers and interested students to discuss new technologies and their musical implementations.

Raphael Hviding '18 Attends the “Active Galactic Nucleus: What’s in a name?” Conference

The “Active Galactic Nucleus: What’s in a name?” Conference was an extremely valuable experience. Being immersed in frontier science for an entire week served as just as much of a challenge as regular class, with the added excitement that much of what I was learning had never been known before. This was only enhanced by the fact that I could then go on to have one on one interactions with many of these brilliant minds to delve deeper into their experience in the field. The amount to which they would express their knowledge and enthusiasm for AGN is a testament to their vast experience in astronomy. From them I learned about theories and extragalactic ideas I had never even heard about, much less understood. I watched them tear down these very same theories in discussions with dozens of scientists, an immense collaboration in an effort to bore down to the physical truth present at the center of the galaxies in our universe. It was, with no understatement, watching science happen. It felt like watching Thompson, Rutherford, and Bohr argue about their models of the atom, except without the hindsight of history there was no way to know who is more right than the others.


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