All SAPA events, dates and presenters will be posted on this page once speakers and dates are confirmed.
NEXT UP: CANDID CONVERSATION – To be announced soon.
PUBLIC SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Important notice: SAPA’s Public Service Excellence Award Program will resume in 2021 and currently is scheduled for May 20, 2021. The ceremony will be virtual (on-line). SAPA cancelled the 2020 Public Service Excellence Award Program due to COVID-19. Pictures of the 2019 Awards Event can be viewed in the SAPA gallery, go here.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS – As speakers are confirmed for the 2020-21 program year, a date and information will appear on this page. All sessions are likely to be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.
On the Frontline of Political Transformation: Black Women’s Power – Held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom:
As a continuation of Rockefeller College’s Election Series, and co-sponsored by Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS), New York State Academy for Public Administration (SAPA), New York League of Women Voters, experts discussed the power of Black women and the pivotal role they played in the 2020 election as agitators, voters, candidates, mobilizers, and agents of political transformation. Panelists were:
- Dr. Dorcey Applyrs, Chief Auditor, City of Albany, CWGCS Board Member
- Dr. Shai Butler, Current Vice President for Student Development & Former Chief Diversity Officer, College of Saint Rose, CWGCS Board Member
- Nantasha Williams, Founder and President, NY City Black Women’s Political Club
Moderator: Gwen Wright, Former Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, CWGCS Board Member
Implicit Bias, Diversity & Inclusion – Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12 pm via Webex:
This Candid Conversation was hosted by Michael Washington, Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Management (ODIM) for the New York State Department of Civil Service. Conducted as a training session, this Candid Conversation explored how core beliefs contribute to explicit and implicit biases, and how these biases affect not only the workplace, but also the delivery of customer service to New York State’s diverse communities. The presentation provided a working definition of diversity and inclusion along with a discussion as to how such attributes result in positive impacts on workplace morale, productivity, and service delivery. Memorable quote from the session: “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
In 2018 we introduced Essentials in Public Administration which is a program targeted to early-career and newer public administrators. The introduction of this program coincided with the addition of two new categories of SAPA membership: New Professional and Associate Fellow. Essentials is now a yearly program and for 2020-21 sessions are being held virtually via Zoom. For more information go to the SAPA Essentials Page.
NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE
The State Academy for Public Administration’s 2019 Nelson A. Rockefeller award was presented to NYS Senate Temporary President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The program included SAPA’s annual meeting during which the past year’s programs were described and where 30 new members were recognized. See photos from the Rockefeller Award ceremony.
SAPA ANNUAL MEETING
The 2019 SAPA annual meeting took place on September 18, 2019 prior to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award ceremony. New members were introduced, as well as SAPA’s new Board of Directors. The meeting was held at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany. The 2020 annual meeting has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All SAPA events are free of charge and we welcome your participation!