Photos: Career Services Event at Murphy (3/8)

On March 8th, The Murphy Institute hosted “What’s Next?”, a career networking event for students and alumni.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the majority-female networkers from CWA, 32BJ, AFSCME, Retail Action Project, New Guild, NYCHA and NYSNA, along with an SPS Career Services advisor, met with students and alumni. The networkers and students had informal conversations about how to improve their careers within the various fields represented.

Donald LaHuffman, an alum from the class of 2015, summed up his experience of the night:

“I learned the real professions that people are doing from Urban Studies. They are making a difference in the city, the community, the nation.”

Other attendees expressed enthusiasm about talking with people from different employment sectors. Overall, the evening was a smashing success. We look forward to organizing more events like this in the future.

If you would like to make an appointment with the SPS career services you can do so here.

And if you want some tips about how to research your network, you can find them here.

Orientation Week at Union Semester

Photo features Union Semester Spring 2016 students

January 25 saw the arrival of a new crop of Union Semester students to the Murphy Institute. Students spent the next four days diving into the labor movement, learning about and from each other, and interviewing with potential organizations.

Some highlights include:

Social Justice Milestones

Students were asked to do a short presentation on an important moment that brought them to seek social justice as a passion and/or career.

The Panels

The Working in the Movement panelists talked about their current jobs at unions, plus how they got there. Our panel: Organizer Mary Clinton (Union Semester 2011) from CWA District 1 , Communications staff Rachel Van Raan-Welch (Union Semester 2012) from CIR SEIU, and Ed Yoo, the director of the NYSNA Research Department.

Panel on Working in the Movement, with Mary Clinton (alumni, now at CWA; Rachel Van Raan-Welch, alumni now at CIR SEIU; Ed Yoo, at NYSNA)
Mary, Rachel, Ed

Some tremendous Union Semester alumni came to speak about their semesters! We welcomed Brittany Anderson (Spring ’14) of Retail Action Project, Ryan Richardson (Fall ’07) with Cian, future member of Union Semester class of 2036 (pictured directly below). Hanalei Ramos (Spring ’15) of the Responsible Endowment Coalition and Liam Lynch (Fall ’13) with NYCOSH are pictured below. Thank you to Sam Valente (Fall ’14) for moderating!

Alumni Panel

Alumni Panel


Eduardo Gonzalez Jr. from the Cornell University Extension led a terrific anti-oppression training.

Students participated in a simulation  organizing campaign, involving “house calls” with various Murphy staff people.

"House calls" during a practice organizing drive
“House calls” during a practice organizing drive

"House calls" during a practice organizing drive

Professor Josh Bienstock took students through a presentation and discussion of collective bargaining, its pitfalls and potentials.

Professor Josh Bienstock in a Collective Bargaining workshop.

Interviews with Host Organizations

Thursday evening, students made signs to take to a rally supporting workers at a restaurant downtown.

Preparing for protest

Headed to a protest downtown