Harvard Votes Challenge awarded grant to increase participation across campus

first_imgHarvard University President’s Administrative Innovation Fund awards grant to support the expansion of the Harvard Votes Challenge, a nonpartisan, University-wide effort to encourage voter participation led by the Institute of Politics and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.This prestigious honor underscores President Larry Bacow’s and Harvard University’s commitment to serving as a national leader of civic engagement in higher education. The Harvard Votes Challenge will use the additional funding to institutionalize voter readiness and increase civic participation among students, faculty, and staff. In addition, funds will be dedicated to efforts to build capacity in student affairs and related administrative offices across the 12-degree granting schools of Harvard University ahead of the 2020 election.The President’s Administrative Innovation Fund (PAIF) was created to foster a culture of innovation and catalyze administrative innovation and collaboration across Harvard by investing in staff-generated, creative solutions that reduce administrative burden, enhance our ability to serve faculty and students, and invigorate our employees.“On behalf of PAIF, we are glad to support the Harvard Votes Challenge, especially with our theme this year of ‘Creating Community and Connections,’ said Keith Collar, of the PAIF team. “Harvard Votes Challenge joins the eight other projects that were funded this year, and the 25 that were supported in previous years, as compelling examples of how administrative innovation advances the mission of the University.”The Harvard Votes Challenge, created in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections by student leaders, quickly engendered excitement and energy from across the University. In 2018, over 90 percent of all eligible Harvard Kennedy School students committed to registering to vote and the challenge included representation from each degree-granting School at Harvard University. This fall, the Harvard Votes Challenge, in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office at Harvard College, will introduce a new innovation into Opening Days to connect the first-year orientation experience with registering to vote.“Voting is a foundational civic rite of passage that has the potential to become a defining element of the Harvard experience. We believe it’s an institutional responsibility to ensure that all our students learn how to vote and feel supported and empowered to cast their ballot.” noted Rob Watson, director of student programs at the Institute of Politics. “We aim to empower the Harvard community to make their voice heard in our democracy. We are grateful for the leadership and support from President Bacow, who shares a vision of putting power back to people and it starts with making sure everyone votes,” added Teresa Acuña, associate Director for Democratic Governance at the Ash Center. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Academic Studies Abroad wins design award

first_imgBoston, MA – February 24, 2006 – Academic Studies Abroad, a leading study abroad company, was awarded a DesignFirmsTM Design Awards for their website www.academicstudies.com(link is external).”This award further illustrates our commitment to not only having a website that is easy to navigate and user-friendly, but also graphically exciting, said Programs Director Lee Frankel. My hat goes off to Heidi Finn, our Graphic Artist, who once again showed how valuable her skills are to us and our customers.”Founded in 1999, Academic Studies Abroad sends college students to study at universities in Spain, France, Italy, Ireland, and England. They have used the services of Heidi Finn since their inception.last_img read more

Cuomo Calls for Probe Into Latest Wave of JCC Threats

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state authorities to investigate bomb threats made to a handful of New York’s Jewish Community Centers, including one on Long Island that was targeted Monday morning.The governor is ordering State police to collaborate with local and federal agencies to investigate the threats and arrest those responsible. The rash of threats, which began nationwide in January, has unnerved Jewish communities—a religious group that is consistently the target of the most hate crimes, according to FBI statistics.“I share the pain and the outrage of so many New Yorkers who are affected directly and those who are sickened by watching these attacks unfold,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will not allow anyone to intimidate or strike fear in the state of New York. The full force of government will be brought to bear in these efforts, and these perpetrators will be punished.”On Monday the Mid Island Y JCC in Plainview was one of four Jewish Community Centers in New York to receive a threatening message during this current spate of hateful provocations. Earlier that day more than a hundred tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia were reportedly discovered vandalized. About a week before, more than a 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis were desecrated.Rick Lewis, chief executive officer of the Jewish center, said about 400 people were taking part in a range of activities Monday when the center received a phone call at 11 a.m. saying a threat had been made to the building.In response, emergency protocols were immediately put in place and the building was evacuated, Lewis said. Nothing dangerous was found during a subsequent sweep of the building, and the center was reopened at 12:15 p.m., he said.At the time of the threat, several hundred people inside the JCC were partaking in a host of activities, including swimming and exercising. The center’s nursery school was also open.“It’s upsetting that there’s somebody out there targeting the Jewish communities,” Lewis said. Last Thursday night, this JCC had hosted a town hall meeting by Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), which was attended by hundreds of people without any incidents reported.Nassau County police confirmed that its units did respond to the threat, and the incident is under investigation.While Suffolk County JCC’s were not threatened, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said the department is “closely monitoring the situation.”Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), one of only two Jewish Republicans in the House of Representatives, called for those responsible to be prosecuted.“There must be zero tolerance of any kind for this rising tide of anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad,” Zeldin said in a statement.The latest round of JCC threats comes a week after President Donald Trump finally condemned anti-Semitic attacks, which had become increasingly prevalent during the presidential election. Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center, said that Trump did not go far enough. “The President’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own Administration,” said Goldstein in a statement.Anti-hate organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center attribute Trump’s anti-immigrant comments for emboldening radical right-wing groups. SPLC in a report released last week said the number of hate groups in the US has increased for the second consecutive year.In a telephone conference call with constituents last week, Zeldin said he was critical of the Trump administration for omitting the plight of Jews when the White House issued a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day.“It’s important that our statements reflect and honor and never forget the loss of millions of other people who weren’t Jewish,” Zeldin said.According to 2015 FBI statistics released in January, anti-Jew attacks accounted for the highest number of hate crimes and for half the 1,354 religious bias offenses reported to the agency. That year also saw a significant spike in hate crimes—67 percent—against American Muslims.Minority groups nationwide have expressed concern about such crimes, citing election year xenophobia. An attack on two men from India inside a Kansas bar last week has garnered nationwide attention after witnesses recalled the suspected gunman yelling, “Get out of my country.”On Monday Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced the creation of a new Hate Crimes Unit charged with investigating these crimes.“The diversity of Nassau’s communities is one of our greatest assets, and nobody should be a victim because of the color of their skin, the faith they practice, their gender, or the person they love,” Singas said in a statement. “Crimes motivated by hate and intolerance are especially despicable, and the creation of this unit underscores our commitment to aggressively prosecute these offenses.”last_img read more

5 ways millennials are in danger of bank fraud

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Lucy MuellerMillennials aren’t incredibly worried about bank fraud — but they should be.According to a 2014 Federal Trade Commission study, 20- to 29-year-olds are the highest reporting group for identity theft, making up a full fifth of complaints across all age brackets. Younger millennials are especially vulnerable; Javelin’s 2015 Identity Fraud Study found that college students are not only more prone to identity theft, they’re also less likely to even realize it’s happening. Some 22 percent of students who have been defrauded only realize it when they’re contacted by a collections agency or creditor.For all the guff about Gen Y being such a careful cohort — wary of debt, aggressively protective of their credit, dutiful savers — there seems to be a blind spot. Millennials are increasingly putting themselves at risk of bank fraud, and they don’t even realize it.It’s proving costly. According to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, Americans were separated from upwards of $1.6 billion in 2013, all of it under the guise of banks, lenders and debt collectors. The typical identity theft victim takes an average personal loss of more than $2,200.This loss can be prevented — especially by millennials, whose actions often put themselves at more risk than other generations. Here are five ways Gen Y-ers can avoid bank fraud. continue reading »last_img read more

PR Insight: Communication across the ages

first_imgThe modern office is currently experiencing a situation never seen before: there are now four generations fighting to coexist in the workplace. In many offices, veterans (born before 1946), baby boomers (1946-1964), Generation Xers (1965-1979) and millennials (1980-2000) are all represented and struggling to work together in harmony.Such a wide representation of ages is leading to some unexpected complications—mainly, our ability to communicate clearly. Each generation is a product of its time, and the way the members of each express themselves often varies drastically. Add to that the fact that there are more communication channels at our disposal than ever before, and communicating only becomes more complex.Poor communication among staff may not seem like a major problem for credit unions, but in reality, it can have far-reaching effects on their public image and perception.At its core, public relations is all about effective communication. In order to frame themselves positively and accurately within the media and among the general public, credit unions must be able to craft compelling messages that resonate across various audiences. The first step is mastering internal communications to ensure that everyone at the organization can convey core messaging clearly and present a unified front when doing so. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What is the job of your credit union website?

first_imgWhat is the job of your website?While the answer may appear obvious, it’s important that you examine this crucial question through the specific lens of the buyer’s journey. Each and every prospective credit union member takes that path before hopefully choosing you, and you need to make sure your website is playing its role well during this journey.Let’s walk through the buying decision process with a simple example. As we do so, think about where your website comes into play.The buying decision process1. Recognize a financial need: I need an emergency fund. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

September Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Development, Jumpstarting Small Businesses, Proudly PA

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Jobs That Pay,  Round-Up,  The Blog,  Workforce Development This September, whether it’s training for a new career path, jumpstarting a small business, or committing to a major expansion, the commonwealth was there to provide the necessary resources and support to get the job done.Highlights include Governor Wolf’s recognition of PhilaPort for achieving its highest ever monthly total for cargo volume, breaking the previous record achieved earlier this year, and announcement of new partnerships to build innovative workforce training centers in Allegheny County, and expanding on Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized STEM education ecosystems. In addition, the governor announced new low-interest loan approvals to help kickstart small businesses across the commonwealth.Governor Wolf also visited northern Pennsylvania to hear directly from business leaders that for many generations have proudly call the Keystone State their home: Rynone Manufacturing Corp, a family-owned manufacturing business in Bradford County; Zippo Manufacturing, an iconic brand celebrating 85 years in Pennsylvania; and BWP Bats, a professional grade bat manufacturer in Jefferson County.Earlier this month, Governor Wolf met with local community development leaders to tour several community revitalization projects in the city of Coatesville, Chester County, toured the newly renovated Bryn Mawr Hospital, a new $200 million, state-of-the-art facility that will modernize the hospital, and joined Perdue Farms to celebrate the opening of Pennsylvania’s first large-scale, commercial soybean processing plant.This administration is committed to fostering an economic climate in the commonwealth that both sparks workforce innovation in STEM fields and provides a secure foundation for businesses to continue to proudly call Pennsylvania home for many future generations.Highlights from September 2017Wolf Administration Highlights STEM Success, Careers in the CommonwealthGovernor Wolf Celebrates Record Breaking Month at PhilaPortGovernor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA FarmersGovernor Wolf Concludes Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Continues Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Continues Visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Kicks Off Visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Tours Coatesville Revitalization Projects Supported by State InvestmentGovernor Wolf Tours Bryn Mawr Hospital’s New Patient Pavilion and Neonatal Intensive Care UnitGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Five Small Business ProjectsGovernor Wolf Announces Investment in Workforce Training at the Community College of Allegheny CountyHighlight from Instagram September 25, 2017center_img September Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Development, Jumpstarting Small Businesses, Proudly PA SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brisbane bucks fall in housing affordability, even with price rises

first_imgBrisbane’s median house price was $515,000 according to the CoreLogic April Market Trends report.“In Brisbane, where housing prices increased moderately, housing affordability improved slightly, with households needing 23.9 per cent of income for mortgage repayments in March 2017, from 24.2 per cent in March 2016.”Compare that to other eastern capitals where price rises had eaten into any benefit coming of historic low interest rates.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“Rising housing prices (6.4 per cent) outstripped the positive effects of lower interest rates (-0.35 per cent) and moderate income growth (1.6 per cent)” across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, the report said.The national average now saw Australian households with two income earners needing 27.9 per cent of their monthly income to meet monthly mortgage repayments, up from 27.6 per cent the same time last year. Rentvestors losing thousands Best renovators on the market Sign up for The Courier-Mail’s daily real estate newsletter delivered to your inbox Moody’s vice president and senior analyst, Alena Chen, expected the situation to get worse, especially for Melbourne and Sydney.“In the near term, we expect housing affordability to continue to deteriorate because of ongoing housing price increases.”The situation was such that the Sydney market was now the most sensitive to any changes in housing prices, incomes and interest rates – with any changes in any of those factors expected to see a ripple effect in Australia’s biggest city.“Overall, we expect upward pressure on housing prices to continue in the near term in an environment of generally low interest rates. The new regulatory measures have prompted some lenders to raise interest rates on interest-only and housing investment loans, which will make such loans less affordable.“The increasing divergence between housing prices and income growth will also place further stress on housing affordability. While housing prices have increased by an average of 13.6 per cent across Australia over the last three years, income has increased by just 4.4 per cent.”Brisbane’s median house price was $515,000 according to the CoreLogic April Market Trends report, with apartments at $410,000. Brisbane has bucked fall in housing affordability nationwide, even with its housing prices increasing. Picture: Richard WalkerBRISBANE has bucked a national #housingfail where eastern capitals saw affordability drop as rising house prices stripped the benefit of low interest rates.Brisbane’s housing affordability was now better than the national average, improving at a time even historic low interest rates were not helping eastern capitals.The latest Moody’s Investors Service housing report, out today, found that Brisbane had seen a slight improvement in housing affordability even with a lift in housing prices.last_img read more

Danish schemes DIP, JØP back NREP Nordic real estate fund

first_imgAlthough having previously invested with NREP, the investors are new to the logistics sector.NREP is focused on logistics as well as retail and residential.Jacob Hübertz, deputy CIO at the merged DIP/JØP department, said there was opportunity in the Nordics logistics sector given the increase in e-commerce, along with the fact the sector was operated by “less sophisticated” players.He said: “It’s a new area for us but we are seeing increased demand for logistics and we think that will continue over the coming years with the rise in internet shopping.”In a press announcement, NREP communicated the first closing was held to provide capital for initial investments, with one expected to be completed imminently.NREP was not available for a comment, but it is understood the fund will follow a similar strategy to previous NREP funds, investing in prime logistics and necessity-driven retail and residential, with a typical asset size of €10m-30m.The eight-year fund will likely have its main focus on Sweden and Denmark, followed by Finland and Norway.A second closing is expected during the summer, a source said.Last month, DIP and JØP joined three other Danish pension funds in a commercial real estate loan club fund managed by AXA Real Estate.Along with AP Pension, Sampension and TDC Pension, the two pension funds will invest DKK3.6bn in property debt over the next two years. Danish pension funds DIP and JØP are among a group of investors in Nordic Real Estate Partners’ Nordic Strategies Fund, following the announcement of its first close at €148m.The closed-end fund, for which NREP is looking to raise €325m, was backed by a number of Danish institutions including Juristernes og Økonomernes Pensionskasse (JØP) and Danske civil- og akademiingeniørers Pensionskasse (DIP).Other investors – including Lægernes Pensionskasse (Denmark’s medical doctors pension fund) – were among those backing the fund.DIP and JØP last year announced they were merging their respective investment operations into a single department managing more than DKK85bn (€11.4bn).last_img read more

Bukasa Port Development Plans Include Dredging

first_imgThe construction activities on an inland port at Bukasa, Uganda, on the shores of Lake Victoria are set to begin next year, the Daily Monitor reports.The official announcement was made by Mr Jochen Scherer, the Projects Director of GAUF Engineering Company, a German firm that is doing the consultancy for the construction of the Bukasa Port.He revealed this information during a stakeholder’s workshop on the draft of the final master plan for the project at Kampala Sheraton Hotel.While presenting the roadmap for the Bukasa Port construction that will be in three phases, Mr Scherer said that the company will finalize the master plan by mid-April which will be followed by the final preliminary design by July 15, 2018. This is the first phase of the project, according to the Daily Monitor.“At the moment, we are finalizing the final master plan followed by the final preliminary design that will be out on 15th July 2018. With that done, we shall embark on the dredging and surcharging of the swamps to pave way for the start of physical construction in June 2019,” Mr Scherer said.The construction works will kick-start the project’s second phase, set to be finalized in April 2022 with the infrastructure, administration unit and the shipping facilities.[mappress mapid=”24873″]last_img read more