Thursday, November 17, 2005

Do you know how much University presidents in the New York area earn annually?

If not, here's an interesting article from the Gothamist.
Surprisingly, CUNY's Chancellor Matthew Goldtsein makes a whopping $448,000.
Columbia's Bollinger is a bit higher and SUNY's Chancellor, Kermit Hall is a bit lower.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

NY event: Legacy of Roosevelts' Involvement with the UN, UNA-NY & Ralph Bunche Institute - 12/01/05 - 6 PM

Passed on to me by my friend Tatiana Carayannis, Research Manager of the UN Intellectual History Project at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York...
Looks interesting!

The United Nations Association of New York

and The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

Invite you to a briefing on

The Legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Involvement with the UN

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2005

Documentary and Discussion: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Reception: 7:30 – 8:00 PM

Segal Theater – The Graduate Center at the City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets) – Ground Floor

No two people are more responsible for the creation and development of the United Nations than Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Through the two great crises of the twentieth century—the Great Depression and World War II—they forged a personal commitment to the construction of a new world body dedicated to the promotion of peace and the establishment of basic human rights for all peoples, “everywhere in the world.” It was this commitment—a commitment that found expression in FDR’s Four Freedoms and in Eleanor Roosevelt’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights—that still stands at the heart of the United Nations today.

Join Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and David B. Woolner, Executive Director of the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, to hear more of the inside story of how this couple influenced history. See award-winning producer Tom Spain’s documentary about the Roosevelt family and their connection with the UN.

UNA Members – No Charge

Non-Members – $10.00

Students – Join UNA for just $10.00 at the door and attend for free!

(Non-students can join UNA for just $25.00)

SEATING IS LIMITED! Please call (212) 907-1353 by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29th to reserve your seat! Bring a potential new member to hear these outstanding speakers! There will be no confirmation of your reservation. If you make a reservation and subsequently discover you cannot attend, please be sure to notify us as soon as possible.

Jobs in Social Services/Justice sector...

The postings below were forwarded to a yahoo group, "NYCMuslimDialogue". Please forward widely...

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR--The Arab-American Family Support Center
( seeks a strategic and visionary Executive Director
to lead the agency through a new stage of growth. Must be an
accomplished leader, with superb interpersonal skills, experienced
with Arab- American community, minimum 5-7 years experience in
social services, preferably working with families and youth, 5 years
in management with MSW or equivalent graduate degree. Must be
passionate about AAFSC's commitment to strengthening families and
helping them adapt to life in U.S. Experience in fundraising, non-
profit fiscal management, and program development. Multi-lingual
candidates are urged to apply. The AAFSC values diversity and is an
equal opportunity employer. Salary commensurate with experience.
Email resume to or mail to: Community Resource
Exchange, 42 Broadway, NY, NY 10006. Fax: 212-616-4994.

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ASSOCIATE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & HOUSING--The National Urban League seeks an Associate to assist in Economic Development & Housing department. The successful candidate will assist in the operation and administration of the department’s programs and services. The associate will work to refine strategies for technical assistance and program designs that advance homeownership, community economic development, asset building and other self-sufficiency models. The associate will work as part of a team of talented professionals who create and deliver services and programs through partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, government agencies, foundations and corporate entities. Bachelor’s required, Masters preferred. Three years relevant experience required in two or more of the following areas: Housing and/or Economic Development Policy Analysis, Urban Planning, Nonprofit Management, Training and Technical Assistance, Program Design and Evaluation. Excellent communication skills, prior experience with writing reports, briefs, and newsletters. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team. To apply submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Human Resources Department, National Urban League, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 or e-mail Deadline to apply: November 30, 2005 The National Urban League is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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DIRECTOR OF PROPERTY OPERATIONS--Mount Hope Housing Company, Inc. in the Bronx, seeks a Director of Property Operations. S/he will report directly to the President/CEO. Current property portfolio includes 32 buildings with 1209 units, and 45-strong staff of property managers and administrators, superintendents, porters, and work crews. Responsible for managing all routine building and apt. maintenance work as well as preventative maintenance program and capital improvement projects. Candidate must be a tenant focused, hands-on director, with superior administrative, leadership, team-building and organizational skills, with verifiable experience. Effective vendor management and project management skills as well as knowledge of Yardi and other property management software are a must. Qualifications: Proven ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bachelors degree required; Master’s degree in business administration or related field is preferred; min. 5-7 years prior project management experience with residential and/or commercial developments; knowledge of real estate operations; experience in a community based setting; skills in working with tenants/supers/vendors/contrac
tors. Property management certifications also required. Salary: $60-70K. Fax or email cover letter and resume to Zuleika DeJesús, Director of Property Operations Search at 718-764-0496 or

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JOB DEVELOPER--The Harlem YMCA Transitional Housing Program--Seeking an experienced Job Developer to service on-site special needs population (homeless) with their vocational and educational goals. Must have a strong background in job skills assessment and job placement. Must have own resource job data bank. Must be a self-starter, highly motivated, energetic and have the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals. Applicant must possess a bachelor's degree and have three years experience as a Job Developer. Excellent benefit package. Send cover letter and resume: Contact: James Haynes, MSW Harlem YMCA Transitional Housing Program, 180 W. 135th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10030 Fax: 212/281-2195

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LEGAL ADVOCATE--Urban Justice Center, Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project--UJC's Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project seeks a legal advocate to represent individuals in their attempts to secure access to public assistance, food stamps, medicaid, and eviction prevention grants. Legal clinics are held in soup kitchens and food pantries. College degree, strong written/verbal communication, organizational/administrative skills, and patience are essential. Spanish aptitude preferred. Submit letter detailing experience/interest, resume, and references to Advocate Search, Shelly Reed, 666 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10012. Salary commensurate with experience; generous vacation, full medical/dental. EOE.

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SOCIAL WORKER--Non-profit organization--Creative Masters level professional for service team in permanent supportive housing. Resp: caseload, group work, collaborative service planning with tenants. Must have: MSW or grad degree in counseling, exp with special needs (homeless, mental illness, HIV, substance abuse), patience, energy, excellent communication, writing, computer skills. No. Manhattan. $42K+, benefits. Fax letter of interest & resume (212) 828-6222. EOE

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TENANT ADVOCATE/ORGANIZER--NYS Tenants & Neighbors--Seeking an advocate to work with rent-regulated tenants in NYC and surrounding suburbs. Required: commitment to tenant empowerment, strong communication skills and writing ability, experience in policy work. Knowledge of state and city government/rent regulation a strong plus. Bi-lingual a plus. Helpful: fundraising experience. People of Color and women encouraged to apply Cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Jumaane D. Williams, NYS Tenants & Neighbors, 236 West 27th St, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Fax 212 619-7476. Email (Submission deadline Nov 17th/For Immediate Hire.)

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Job/Internship as well as various academic opportunities

JOB/INTERNSHIP and other OPPORTUNITIES forwarded to me by my friend Bonnie Duen at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY.....

1. "O" The Oprah Magazine is looking to hire fall interns in the
Fashion and Style Departments. Candidates must be highly organized,
detail-oriented and be able to juggle multiple tasks at once. Prior
internship experience preferred, but not required. This opportunity is
available for college students in need of credit hours and recent
graduates who are available to start immediately, full-time from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 5 days a week. Send resumes with a cover letter
to: Cindy M. del Rosario, Associate Editor O, The Oprah Magazine 1700
Broadway, 38th floor NY, or call 212-903-5149.

2. Verizon is looking for students who are 2004 graduates of
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). If you know of
someone graduating from a HBCU this year with a degree in
Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, Information Technology,
GeneralBusiness, Finance or Marketing, please have them forward their resume to:>
to be considered for career opportunities within Verizon.

3. The Women's Technology Program at MIT is a 4-week summer
residence program to introduce high school girls to electrical engineering and
computer science. If you know a girl who is currently a high school
junior who demonstrates math and science ability and an interest in
finding out about EECS, please encourage her to visit our website
for more information and for an application form (applications are due Feb
3, 2005) <> Our classes are taught
in a supportive environment by a staff of women MIT PhD candidates and
The full-time academic program includes hands-on experiments and
team-based projects in computer science, electrical engineering, and
mathematics. No prior experience in computer programming, physics, or
electrical engineering is expected, but applicants typically have
strong academic records, especially in math and science.

4. HARVARD'S TUITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Harvard is offering free tuition
for students that have a family income below $40,000. If you are a mentor
or have nieces and nephews who might be interested, please give them this
information. If you know any one/family earning less than $40K with a
brilliant child near ready for college, please pass this along.
Harvard's Tuition Announcement Highlights Failure of Prestigious
Universities to Enroll Low-Income Students March 1, 2004. Harvard
University announced over the weekend that from now on undergraduate
students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the
announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only
10 percent of the students in Elite higher education come from families
in lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are
not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of
the income distribution." If you know of a family earning
less than $40,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high
school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The
prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students
from low-income families can go to Harvard for tuition and no
student loans! To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for
families making less than $40,000 a year visit Harvard's financial aid website
<> or call the school's
financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

On Meritocracy - or the lack of it?

I was on my way home after seeing a good friend who was visiting from Chicago, and while sitting in the subway, couldnt help but notice some newspapers on the seat in front of me. They werent being read by anyone, so I picked one up and it was the Sunday, November 13th issue of Newsday's Fanfare section.

In the book reviews section, I couldnt help but be intrigued by the title of one review: "Breaking up the Ivy League Meritocracy", by Scott McLemee. I cant rephrase what the author of the book, Jerome Karabel, had to say, so i've copied it below. In essence (if i'm correct), the theory is that "merit" is defined by those who hold power in society, and not by any objective standards.

My sketch of Karabel's argument has stressed the element of economic self-interest on the part of university administrators. But his analysis is more nuanced than that. In the 1920s, the grounds for making it more difficult for Irving Immigrantsky to get into the Big Three were not primarily economic. The leaders of the most prominent universities wanted to retain their favored relationship with other elite institutions in American society.

So they had to recalibrate their sense of "merit" to reduce the emphasis on purely academic criteria. They created standards that reflected the prevailing values of those who already possessed high social status.

"The very definition of 'merit,'" writes Karabel, "always bears the imprint of the distribution of power in the larger society. Those who are able to define 'merit' will almost invariably possess more of it, and those with greater resources - cultural, economic, and social - will generally be able to ensure that the educational system will deem their children more meritorious."

So the nightmare meritocracy that Young wrote about almost 50 years ago is impossible. As Karabel writes, "The ideal of a meritocracy - a system in which power plays no role in defining 'merit' and in which rich and poor alike enjoy genuinely equal opportunities to succeed - is inherently unattainable." There will always be smart people who don't rise and stupid people at the pinnacle of power. This is comforting, if not much.

Job opportunity for Arabic speaking Graphic Designer

Job opportunity for Arabic speaking Graphic Designer







International organization seeks Arabic speaking
graphic designer who has working knowledge of
in-design software, to match a 48 page Arabic
publication (which includes charts and graphs) to same
48 page English version text for text and chart/graph
for graph publication.




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