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Bridging the Curricular and Co-Curricular: The Rockefeller Center Model of Civic Engagement
Unformatted Document Text:   Giving students direct experience in shaping public policy  Giving students the practical skills necessary to be effective in internships  Exposing students to role models and opportunities for service in the public and nonprofit sectors  Creating opportunities to explore public policy issues in a multidisciplinary fashion  Sponsoring opportunities for students to conduct research under faculty direction  Nurturing student leadership skills  Encouraging students to develop and practice communication skills  Bringing faculty and students together around important policy issues rather than traditional departments  Encouraging students to pursue public service and non-profit careers Current Programming At present, the Rockefeller Center offers a variety of programs that are specifically designed to meet each of the stated objectives. In 2007, the Center leadership developed an integrated four-year plan for undergraduates interested in pursuing the goals and objectives of the Rockefeller Center—“The Rocky Roadmap” (See Figure 1 below). The pillars of the four-year experience are: 1) the public policy minor, 2) civic skills training and internship support, 3) the First-Year Initiative, 4) student organizations, discussion groups 5

Authors: Shaiko, Ronald.
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Giving students direct experience in shaping public policy
Giving students the practical skills necessary to be effective in internships
Exposing students to role models and opportunities for service in the public
and nonprofit sectors
Creating opportunities to explore public policy issues in a multidisciplinary
fashion
Sponsoring opportunities for students to conduct research under faculty
direction
Nurturing student leadership skills
Encouraging students to develop and practice communication skills
Bringing faculty and students together around important policy issues rather
than traditional departments
Encouraging students to pursue public service and non-profit careers
Current Programming
At present, the Rockefeller Center offers a variety of programs that are specifically
designed to meet each of the stated objectives. In 2007, the Center leadership developed an
integrated four-year plan for undergraduates interested in pursuing the goals and objectives
of the Rockefeller Center—“The Rocky Roadmap” (See Figure 1 below). The pillars of
the four-year experience are: 1) the public policy minor, 2) civic skills training and
internship support, 3) the First-Year Initiative, 4) student organizations, discussion groups
5


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