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Collaboration and Social Equity

Inaugural Public Administration Residency

Thursday, June 2 – Saturday, June 4, 2022
Uptown Campus, Lavin-Bernick Center

The Annual Public Administration Program Residency marks the culmination of curriculum for students in the Tulane School of Professional Advancement’s Master of Public Administration degree program. Students assemble on the Uptown campus of Tulane University in New Orleans for three days of in-person networking, learning, and dialogue centered around the year’s theme: Collaboration and Social Equity (2022). The residency features several exciting panels and experiences that foster connection with program faculty, fellow students, Tulane University and the City of New Orleans.



Wednesday, June 1

6:30 p.m.
Campus Tour
Celeste Uzee
Informal campus walking tour beginning at Cowen Circle.

Thursday, June 2

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Residency Overview
Suri Duitch, Dean;
Halima Leak Francis, Program Director;
Brian McNamara, Program Faculty

9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address
Donna Brazile

10:30 a.m.
Morning Coffee Break

10:50 a.m.
Careers in Public Administration
Presented by the International City/County Management Association Student Chapter

Jalin Carter, ICMA Student Chapter President;
Chelsea Jackson, Assistant City Manager, Douglasville, Georgia;
Gilbert Montano, City of New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer

This panel will discuss local government careers and how the International City/County Management Association enhances student and leader experiences in the local government space.

12:20 p.m.

2:00 p.m.
Collaboration Across Boundaries
Presented by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Leaders and Staff

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans will present to our group on how they collaborate across agency boundaries and with private sector stakeholders to implement public policy at the “street level” and to respond to all-hazards emergencies including recent record hurricane seasons. They will also address agency diversity and inclusion efforts.

3:30 p.m.
Residency participant group photo

4:15 p.m.
Informal Reception & ICMA Chapter Launch Event
Halima Leak Francis, Program Director;
Brian McNamara, Program Faculty;
Gilbert Montano, City of New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer;
Jalin Carter,ICMA Student Chapter President

Richardson building Second Floor Reception and Auditorium. Launch event programming to start at approximately 5:00pm.

6:00 p.m.
Bus Return to Hotel

Friday, June 3

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Data Driven Leadership
Tihara Richardson, Program Faculty;
Melissa Schigoda, City of New Orleans;
Jessica Shedd, Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research, Tulane University;
Lamar Gardere, Executive Director at The Data Center

This panel will discuss the role of data in civic sector organizations broadly. What is data literacy and what does this concept mean at the organizational and individual levels? How should organizations collect, store, and manage data to be responsive to citizen and customer needs?

10:15 a.m.
Morning Coffee Break

10:35 a.m.
Public Administration Practice: Contemporary Perspectives
Brian McNamara, Program Faculty;
Angel Wright-Lanier, Executive Director, Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration;
Neil Kleiman, Program Faculty

What does it mean to be a public administrator in an era of cross-sector governance? How can modern public administrators balance efficiency, effectiveness, and social equity concerns?

12:00 p.m.
Depart for Lunch at Cafe Reconcile
Sit-down lunch with staff presentation on the history and mission of the organization.

3:00 p.m.
Nonprofit and Philanthropy Panel
Halima Leak Francis, Program Director;
Andy Kopplin, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans Foundation;
Flozell Daniels, President and CEO, Foundation for Louisiana

What is the nonprofit/philanthropy sector? How does one pursue a career in this field? How do organizations in this space define and deliver public value?

4:15 p.m.
Student Presentations
Ross Berlin
Ross will present on his economic development research for our program and speak about his economic development career.

5:00 p.m.
Bus Return to Hotel

Saturday, June 4

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Student Presentations
Bee Warren;
Marco Tejeda-Kemp;
Bridget Roche;
Aloysius Cunningham

Students will present and take questions on their research projects for selected courses.



10:00 a.m.
Morning Coffee Break

10:20 a.m.
Environmental Management Panel
Carlos Evans, Program Faculty;
Robin Barnes, Program Faculty;
Emily Denn, US Coast Guard

11:30 a.m.
Economic Development Panel
Wayne Encalarde, Program Faculty;
Jeff Bashaw, Program Faculty

What is economic development as a practice and as a profession? What background is necessary to enter a career in economic development? How does economic development differ in urban and rural contexts? How do professionals account for social equity concerns in economic development?

12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Closing Remarks
Halima Leak Francis, Program Director;
Brian McNamara, Program Faculty



Experience New Orleans

New Orleans is a place like no other. It’s more than just a city. It’s a vibe! In this video, Tulane’s Guide to NOLA, Tulane School of Professional Advancement alumnus Jeff Schiffman offers tips on how to spend “one perfect day” getting to know New Orleans and Tulane University. Take notes as you learn all about what to see, where to go and what to eat during your visit to the Big Easy.




 Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

Please dress in business casual.

Will I have homework during the residency?

The purpose of the residency is to connect with leading experts, faculty, and your peers. We will not assign projects or homework because we want you to focus on making connections!

What is the weather like in New Orleans in June?

The weather in June will be hot and muggy with the potential for afternoon rain showers. Pack for warm weather. You will not need a jacket or sweater, although you should bring an umbrella.

Will you serve breakfast and lunch?

Yes! We will provide breakfast and lunch at the residency, including lunch Friday at Café Reconcile, a New Orleans institution.

How much walking will I need to do?

You may join us for an optional walking tour of the Tulane campus on Wednesday, June 1st at 6 p.m. This will be a 1.5 to 2 mile walk. You will need to walk a short distance from parking or the shuttle bus drop off to the Lavin-Bernick Center for the residency sessions. We will make two site visits during the residency, and the bus will drop us directly at the site visit locations.


 The Lavin-Bernick Center

The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life and The Commons (Building #29) is more than just a building. It is a hub for campus life that houses meeting space, campus programming, dining options, the Bookstore, student involvement opportunities, and lots of student resources. It strives to enhance the Tulane student experience by creating an innovative, dynamic and inclusive environment through quality facilities, programs, and services.




 2022 Planning Committee

Brian McNamara

Brian McNamara

Halima Leak Francis

Halima Leak Francis

Kara Bramhall

Kara Bramhall

Latasha Simeon

Latasha Simeon

Gretchen Bock

Gretchen Bock


 2022 Presenters

Public Administration Program Faculty

Dr. Halima Leak Francis
Brian McNamara
Wayne Encalarde
Jeff Bashaw
Carlos Evans
Robin Barnes
Neil Kleiman
Tihara Richardson

External Faculty

Chelsea Jackson, Ass’t City Manager, Douglasville, Georgia
Gilbert Montano, City of New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer
Dr. Melissa Schigoda, City of New Orleans
Jessica Shedd, Assistant Provost for Assessment & Institutional Research, Tulane University
Lamar Gardere, Executive Director at The Data Center
Dr. Angel Wright-Lanier, Executive Director, Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
Andy Kopplin, President & CEO Greater New Orleans Foundation
Flozell Daniels, President & CEO Foundation for Louisiana
Lt. Emily Denn, U.S. Coast Guard

Student Presenters

Bridget Roche
Ross Berlin
Bee Warren
Marco Tejeda-Kemp


 COVID-19 Information

Tulane University follows all applicable federal, state, and local authority guidance related to COVID-19 safety precautions. Consistent with current guidelines, Tulane University does not have an indoor mask mandate, nor does Tulane University require social distancing for indoor gatherings. You are welcome to wear a mask voluntarily at any point during the residency, and we will respect your decision. We will update you if there are any changes in government or university requirements prior to the residency.