Colin Powell Center becoming Colin Powell School!

hp_powell_3 It’s official! With the CUNY Board of Trustees’ green-lighting on April 29, City College’s Division of Social Sciences is now the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

From the CCNY Press Release:

“…City College is one of the great success stories of our democracy, educating generations of local, national and international leaders,” said President [Lisa S.] Coico. “The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership – named for a CCNY alumnus of extraordinary national and international accomplishment – expands this legacy in a transformative way. …I have no doubt that the Colin Powell School will become known as one of the best places in the world to study issues of equity, democracy, citizenship and service.”

General Powell, a member of The City College of New York Class of 1958, is the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State. He is the founder and chair of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, whose programs will be incorporated into the school.

The Colin Powell School will join the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and the Grove School of Engineering as CCNY’s named schools. It will contain the five departments of Anthropology, Economics and Business, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology – and house programs in Black Studies, International Studies, International Relations, Latin American & Latino Studies, Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies and Pre-Law, Public Service Management and Women’s Studies.”

With a decade behind us of creating service-learning and public scholarship opportunities for students and faculty, the Center’s mission—to build leaders for the common good, strengthen connections between campus and communities, and promote civic engagement at City College and beyond—will continue to be the core mission of the School. This is a triumphant transition: Many more students and faculty members will benefit from our successful model of making experiential learning, leadership training, and commitments to public service a cornerstone of one’s academic career.

The school’s inaugural celebration will take place May 2 at 10 AM in the Great Hall at Shepard Hall on CCNY’s campus. General Powell will be honored for his lasting commitment to City College, his alma mater, an institution that has historically been an educational beacon for underserved populations in New York City. Members of the Center’s Advisory Board, the College President, and the Chancellor will offer remarks, and Gen. Powell will give an address. More information is available on our website.