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2015 Urban Studies Capstone Presentations

Congratulations to our spring 2015 Capstone students in our Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies! With the guidance of Dr. Michael Fortner, these graduate candidates presented the following research papers on Tuesday, May 12, 2015:

The effects on the Poverty Rate in New York’s Congressional District 15 since the War on Poverty
Leonel Baez

Service Needs of the Chronically Homeless in New York City
Marisa Butler

Renee Charles

What Impacts the Success of a Small Business?
Triscia Gill

Are We Making a Difference? Determining the Relationship between Employee Service Quality and Client Satisfaction
Nicholas Gurico

Moving Bogotá: Passengers’ Perception of El Sistema TransMilenio
Alix Hoechster

“Raising Consciousness”: How the CUNY Community Supports 21st Century Learners Find Agency in NYC
Crystal Joseph

African-American Men and HIV CARE in Urban Settings: Myths or Facts
Donald La Huffman

Home Schooling and Socialization: Problem Solved?
Keith March

How Can Faith-Based Mentoring Programs and Services Impact Youths’ Lives?
Ruth S. McFarlan-Felder

Workforce Development Programs and Socioeconomic Outcomes
Luz Mino

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders: Educating African American Men
Carlos Rivera

New York City: Pushing People Out?
Brittney-Rae Ramsay

The Effect of the Managed Care Transition on Homecare Organizations
Eric Tew

Parent and Child Language Differences and Child Delinquency in NYC’s Haitian Immigrant Community
Joseph Tulce

What You Earn and Who You Are Impacts the Healthcare You Receive: The Relationship between Income Inequality, Race and Health Outcomes in the United States
Suzana Vale

Was Organized Labor Once a Poor People’s Movement?

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world. 

Watch Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center discussing the history of Organized Labor and whether it can return to its roots of fighting for the poor.



Union Semester Students Explore New York City

By Michael Murphy

As part of the Union Semester program at the Murphy Institute, students are enrolled in a course titled “Work, Culture, and Politics in New York City.” The course readings are designed to complement trips to museums, archives, guided tours, and industrial sites such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, allowing students to take advantage of the wealth of resources offered by the city. Recently, the class visited two outdoor parks that have changed the way New Yorkers think about the potential uses of public space, the built environment, and the waterfront.

First, the class traveled to the High Line in Chelsea to explore the intersection of industry, nature, and economic development. This former elevated railway was transformed into a public park by the nonprofit Friends of the High Line, which generated financial support from private donors and the city. It runs along Tenth Avenue until a sharp turn at West 30th Street allows visitors to meander closer to the Hudson River. During our visit, students were asked to take a photo that connects this unique urban space with the themes of the course. Continue reading Union Semester Students Explore New York City

Labor Education Center at University of Minnesota Seeks Full-Time Labor Educator

The Labor Education Service (LES) is seeking a full-time labor educator to join our teaching staff.

LES is a program of the University of Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, communities known for their affordable cost of living, high quality of life and diverse neighborhoods and cultural opportunities. LES is the only educational program in the state specifically focused on the needs of Minnesota workers and their organizations. Our mission is to equip workers, union officials and labor organizations with the knowledge-based tools to protect and advance their rights and responsibilities in a changing global socio-economic environment. An integral component of this mission is the use of media such as video production and web initiatives like WorkdayMinnesota.org. Through these efforts, we foster economic vitality, ethical relations and social justice in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Job responsibilities include leading labor education courses for working adults, designing customized curriculum, and coordinating and implementing educational programs, often in collaboration with other staff. The position requires teaching expertise using diverse methodologies and effectiveness in relating to a wide variety of worker organizations.


Instruction in labor education  – 45%

  • Identify training needs of diverse groups of workers and unions
  • Collaborate with labor organizations to develop and implement courses, workshops, and otherprograms
  • Collaborate with other staff on a regular basis to plan educational programming, team-teach as needed and evaluate effectiveness of teaching and programs.
  • Deliver customized educational programs in a variety of settings with union leaders, members, and the public
  • Provide instruction in current LES programs such as Minnesota Union Leadership Program and Labor Studies Skills Courses
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and utilize results to strengthen outcomes of ongoing programs

Curriculum development – 25%

  • Design customized teaching materials for specific sectors, unions, and training sessions, individually or in collaboration with LES colleagues and people in other groups.
  • Incorporate popular education methodology and adult teaching and learning best practices
  • Serve as a strategic resource to labor leaders and other labor educators by providing current teaching resources, curriculum and leadership development opportunities
  • Create teaching materials reflective of the changing needs and growing diversity of the labor movement

 Labor Education Service Program coordination  – 20%

  • Plan and coordinate implementation of one or more ongoing LES programs and occasional conferences and special events
  • Perform part of the administrative functions related to classes and events, which may include location scouting, recruiting participants and promotion
  • Be an active citizen within the collaborative culture of LES, including serving on LES committees and participating in regular staff planning and feedback meetings
  • Contribute to strategic planning to help LES fulfill its mission

Community Engagement – 10%

  • Foster and maintain productive relationships with labor organizations and other community groups committed to economic and social justice
  • Support the development and effectiveness of labor organizations by providing educational resources on current issues facing the labor movement
  • Write original editorial articles for public outreach through LES media services such as Workday Minnesota

    ** The employer reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position **


  • Advanced degree (Master’s, J.D. or Ph.D.) in labor studies, social sciences, education, or other relevant field., In exceptional circumstances, a Bachelor’s degree with extensive experience is also appropriate
  • Experience with labor unions, worker centers or community organizations
  • Relevant teaching experience (e.g., labor education, adult education, classroom teaching, training, workshop facilitation)
  • Knowledge and effective practice of adult teaching and learning techniques
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Familiarity with current issues and debates shaping the labor movement
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends



  • Two or more years of experience as a labor educator in a university, union or community setting
  • Familiarity with popular education teaching methods and its application in union settings
  • Knowledge of organizational development, particularly in a union context
  • Familiarity with online teaching
  • Experience with union leadership development programs
  • Experience in working with racially and ethnically diverse communities
  • Ability to speak another language besides English

    Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


This is a non-tenured, academic professional staff position. Pay is commensurate with experience, with the salary range starting at $65,000. Benefits include participation in the University of Minnesota Faculty Retirement Plan with an employer match of 10 percent, choice of medical plans and four weeks of vacation.

Application Deadline

June 3, 2015

How to apply

All applicants must apply online through the University of Minnesota website. For a link to the HR site see http://carlsonschool.umn.edu/faculty-research/labor-education-service

Questions? Email LES@umn.edu or phone the LES office, 612-624-5020.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

The Door – Job Placement Specialist – Bronx Youth Center

Supervisor: Supervisor of Internship and Job Placements

Overview: The goal of The Door’s Career and Education Services Department is to support young people in completing secondary education and successfully transitioning into post-secondary education and employment. Programs within the Career and Education Services Department (CareerED) are designed to help both in-school and out-of-school youth to set and attain their educational and career goals. CareerED services allow a young person to craft a personalized life plan defining the steps he/she will take to achieve those goals while developing the necessary skills for future life success and independence. The Door’s Bronx Youth Center aims to prepare out-of-school and out-of-work young people for meaningful placements in college and/or employment through the provision of comprehensive education and career services, which develop potential for economic self-sufficiency. The Job Placement Specialist will develop and maintain relationships with employers with hiring needs suited to young adult job seekers and work with these job seekers to obtain employment.

Work with young adults at the Bronx Youth Center to prepare for and find unsubsidized employment; meet weekly, monthly, and quarterly placement targets required by government and private funders.
Initiate and maintain relationships with employers, business and industry representatives with hiring needs suited to skills, interests, and abilities of Bronx Youth Center participants; Identify and gain access to hiring personnel.
Develop sales pitch tailored to prospective employers and refine based on specifics of each employer.
Share information on job opportunities with the Bronx Youth Center team; train staff on the culture, expectations and requirements of each employer seeking to interview program participants.
Collaborate with placement staff at The Door’s main office to share job leads and cross refer young people for job opportunities.
Conduct individual and group job search sessions with Bronx Youth Center participants.
Assess and match participants with job opportunities that meet their skills, abilities and interests.
Assist participants to complete job applications and prepare for interviews.
Conduct regular follow-up with employers who have hired participants and report results to appropriate staff
Conduct regular follow-up with participants who have been placed in employment to track retention.
Perform administrative duties including tracking all job referrals, placements, and other job and internship development activities daily and weekly.
Contribute new ideas for achieving and exceeding program and contractual targets.
Handle any appropriate responsibilities and functions as assigned by supervisor and/or director.

Bachelors Degree required, preferably in Business, Sales and/or marketing or related field
At least 2 years of job development or directly related experience required, preferably with individuals with barriers to employment
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Effective organizational and time-management skills
Demonstrated experience in a team-based work environment
Ability to work independently, demonstrate sound judgment, multitask, and take initiative
Must be self-motivated individual with ability to meet placement targets
Existing employer contacts and experience presenting to business/industry strongly required

Hours: Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend hours as needed

Salary: Mid 40s

Contact: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17137362

CASES – Training and Placement Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Youth Employment Services
Overview: The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services

CASES’ youth programs aim to help New York City’s justice-involved young people, ranging in age from 13-24, to lead productive, crime-free lives. Our approach is distinguished by individualized case management, evidence-based programming, and group activities that build positive peer associations. For many, this is the first time in their lives that they are participating in activities that help them set personal goals and develop
the skills they need to reach them.

The Intellectual and Career Development unit strives to integrate education and training with employment. We offer services that emphasize the need for continued training and learning regardless of the industry or career field. This role will work with the ICD team to ensure services are provided to youth in our programs. This position will split time between out Downtown Brooklyn office and our Harlem office.

• Initiate and maintain ongoing contacts with a variety of business and industry representatives and job placement/training agencies to promote programs for participant placement;
• Collect data from employers related to job openings including job requirements and skills and use this data to prepare applicants;
• Instruct participants in resume writing, job search and interviewing techniques;
• Facilitate workshops for on-site credentialing opportunities;
• Create relevant and appropriate curricula for job-readiness workshops;
• Collaborate with service team that includes case coordinators, teachers, social workers and other staff to establish an appropriate employment plan
• Be informed of best practices and standards in the fields of workforce development, including labor-market trends;
• Attend networking events and share information with the team;
• Coordinate career fairs quarterly;
• Maintain contact with participants to ensure support and guidance with job/training program retention;
• Administer the TASC exam for CASES Youth Programs, and;
• Collaborate with the SYEP team

• Minimum of BA/BS degree or equivalent experience;
• Demonstrated ability to engage, teach, and motivate youth;
• Ability to work effectively with diverse group of staff, clients, and external partners;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Comfortable networking in the public and private sector;
• Comfortable traveling throughout the 5-bouroughs, and;
• Ability to pass written and computer assessments

Salary: $40,000

How to Apply: E-mail cover letter and resume with salary history and requirements in PDF or Word format to casesjobs@cases.org. Please list the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line. No phone calls please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

CASES is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with CASES is based solely on
qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, ethnic or national
origin, age, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital, military, or citizenship status.

We also actively recruit individuals with prior involvement in the criminal justice system.