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WINTER 2015 A L U M N I NEWSLETTER Diversity in Public Administration by Whitney Harris '15 As the US population has become more diverse, so has its workforce, including the public sector. "People expect their govern- ment to reflect what is good and right about society," said MPA faculty member Leisha DeHart-Davis, "and to represent the communities that they serve." The Carolina MPA program is taking steps to address this evolution. DeHart-Davis instituted a new course in 2013, Diversity in Public Administration, to help students attain a better grasp on the challenges they are likely to face in the field. In one assignment, students were asked to analyze four components of the MPA program's diversity efforts: curriculum and the classroom experience, student experience, outreach and recruitment, and standards and values. The students produced a Strategic Diversity Plan, which was presented to MPA faculty in March 2014. The plan includes notes of best practices and both short- and long-term recommendations for improving diversity in the program. Program faculty and staff have drafted the Carolina MPA Philosophy on Diversity and Inclusion, which will be available on a new diversity and inclusion section of the MPA website. The web section includes an extensive list of campus resources and professional organizations that serve and represent our varied communities. DeHart-Davis, fellow faculty members Margaret Henderson and Kim Nelson, and alumna Carla Davis-Castro '14 organized an event on June 6, 2014, titled Engaging Women in Public Service, at UNC's Friday Center. The room was filled to capacity with public officials from across the state, including many MPA alumni. A second event will be held in summer 2015 (see sidebar on page 3). " I wouldn't have stayed here for all these years if it weren't a really special program. I hope that when students graduate and leave, they'll remember it as fondly as I do." — Jean Coble continued on page 3 H I G H L I G H T S 2 Director's Column 4 2014 Public Administration Conference 7 A Conversation with Faculty Member Charles Szypszak 8 True Carolina Blue: David Goldberg 9 ICMA Hosts 100 th Annual Conference in Charlotte 10 Life Events 12 Save the Date " It's important to have diversity in the program and to be challenged in your thinking in the classroom because you will be challenged in life." — Joy Jackson '09, MPA@UNC Admissions Director

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