MPA@UNC Blog


Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy wants to change how we think about body language. While most of us accept the idea that our body language can affect how others think of us, Cuddy has conducted research showing that it also can affect how we feel about ourselves. Body language is not only a mirror of our feelings, it can also be used to change our own self image...

8 Game-Changing Organizations in the African American Community

In honor of Black History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on eight organizations led by young African American professionals who are making incredible strides. These organizations run the gamut from philanthropy, technology, and education to social justice, politics, and law, with each one leaving a distinctive mark on the African American community...

Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

The global response to this 2010 TED Talk inspired Sheryl Sandberg to write her bestselling book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. As chief operating officer of Facebook, Sandberg is one of a handful of women to reach the upper ranks of corporate executives...

Who’s Hiring Vets? 5 Companies Getting Veterans Back to Work

According to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 74,000 new jobs were added to the US economy and unemployment rates dropped in December 2013. While overall joblessness decreased from 7.0 percent to 6.7 percent, the unemployment rate for recent veterans is still higher than that of the general population...

Weekly News Roundup: February 2 – 8

So the county granted initial approval for a large residential subdivision. Now, after completing some (but not all) of the roads and infrastructure, the developer wants final plat approval so she can close on the first round of lot sales...

Toni Griffin: A New Vision for Rebuilding Detroit

Chicago, Newark, and Detroit are all cities in crisis that architect and urban planner Toni Griffin has been asked to help. In this TED Talk, she describes her role in formulating the Detroit Future City (DFC) strategic framework and highlights the work of urban planners. Although they don’t have the power to save cities, urban planners can play an important role in determining their future...