Nine Manhattan College students recently had the unique opportunity to study New York City from the inside out. LeadWeek 2017, a new program spearheaded by the Multicultural Center in conjunction with Campus Ministry and Social Action (CMSA), introduced students to public policy and the way the city works through different systems.
“New York City has so many different facets to it,” says Hayden Greene, director of the Multicultural Center and the LeadWeek program. “When you look at any aspect of city governance, you also have to look at the difference in demographics — wealth, race, immigration status. New York has many of its own idiocentric issues.”
Held in January, the five-day program kicked off with government day, which included a tour of City Hall, and visits to the New York Comptroller’s and Manhattan Borough President’s offices. Having students meet their elected leaders on Monday puts the rest of the week in perspective, says Greene, as they learn about governance in motion through education, health care, the judicial system and community service. Read more