The deadline for proposals for 2019’s Social Equity Leadership Conference has been extended to February 15, 2019.

The 18th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) is co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and co-sponsored and hosted by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark.

Reflecting the increasing polarization of society and the reality that achieving social equity continues to be one of the most vexing challenges facing the world today, the theme of this year’s conference is “Achieving Social Equity in Turbulent Times: A Grand Public Administration Challenge.” The three subthemes that constitute the tracks for the conference are:

Track 1: Identifying and changing policies and practices resulting in social inequities in government, non-profit organizations and the private sector

Track 2: Measuring and assessing social equity across policy areas

Track 3: Social equity challenges and solutions, globally

The SELC 2019 planning committee invites you to submit a proposal to the 2019 Social Equity Leadership Conference by February 15, 2019. The proposal abstract should be no longer than 200 words and should clearly state how the proposal fits into the subtheme selected. While we are interested in problem identification, we particularly encourage proposals with an action orientation, and from various areas of interest including racial, economic, education, geographical, and opportunity inequities. We are seeking conference participation from academics, practitioners, and students.

Learn more and submit a proposal

The National Academy of Public Administration is launching a new program—Grand Challenges in Public Administration—to identify and address the biggest challenges that government at all levels will face through the 2020s.

We seek input from everyone—including practitioners, academics, students, interest groups, and the general public—on WHAT government must do over the next decade and HOW it should do it.

Learn more at NAPA’s website

In 2018 RFG supported the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) Diversity Initiative. APSIA launched its Diversity Forum series in 2017 to inspire students and young professionals — and those who counsel them — to pursue careers in international affairs. The series particularly focuses on students who are traditionally underrepresented in the field. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and many other executive branch agencies, as well as Congress and the judicial branch, have identified the need for greater diversity as critical to a strong federal workforce.

In September 2018 Foreign Affairs’ fifth annual Graduate School Fair was produced in partnership with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and sponsored by RFG. The panel discussion was based on the lead package from the magazine’s July/August 2018 issue entitled “Which World Are We Living In?” The panelists presented their theories of the world (Realist, Liberal, Tribal, Marxist, Tech, or Warming), and asked the audience to pick their sides. The discussion was followed by the Graduate School Admission Fair featuring over two dozen of the most prestigious universities in international affairs and public policy.

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The PMF Program received 4,045 applications and selected 351 Finalists for the Class of 2019. Seven RFG Fellows are among the finalists, who are selected based on eligibility for the program as well as the candidates’ application, assessment scores, and federal agencies’ reported hiring projections. The Class of 2019’s Finalists represent 56 disciplines, 113 academic institutions, and 12% are veterans.

Finalists were selected on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, and have an appointment eligibility period of 12 months.

The list of 2019 Finalists has been posted to the “Current Finalists” webpage at

Here are the 7 RFG fellows – all class of 2019:

  1. Emma Buckhout (Maxwell)
  2. Simona (Griffith) Ragucka (Maryland)
  3. Isabelle Heilman (GPS)
  4. Elizabeth Kokemoor (Maxwell)
  5. Claire McGillem (Fletcher)
  6. Michael Schwab-Holler (GPS)
  7. Ariana Scurti (Maryland)

As noted by Kelli Young, director of the John L. and Stephanie G. Palmer Career Center at the Maxwell School: “It is particularly gratifying to see so many current  students among this year’s finalists, as they can look forward to a placement with the Federal Government as soon as they receive their degree.”