Local Policy Conferences
The Center sponsors an annual conference that addresses
Staten Island's public policy concerns. Guest speakers
offer their expert insights and describe "best
practices" from around the region and the nation.
The conferences provide a forum at which Staten Islanders,
faculty, staff, and students come together to consider
and discuss policy alternatives. Related to the annual
conferences, SIP also sponsors public opinion polls
of Staten Islanders designed to ascertain their attitudes
toward the challenges that confront the Borough.
In March 2004, SIP hosted its first invitational conference,
"Staten Island Mass Transportation and Traffic:
Environment and Economy." Guest speakers, public
officials, and College faculty and staff debated potential
solutions to the daily problems faced by commuters.
Experts offered their views on matters such as transit
financing and the relationship between economic growth
and infrastructure development. Prior to the conference,
Staten Islanders were polled about transportation
and traffic on the Island and asked their views on
future improvements. With the support of the Staten
Island Chamber of Commerce, two SIP Faculty Associates
authored a report that outlined short-and long-term
solutions to the Island's transportation challenges.
In March 2003, SIP partnered with the New-York Historical
Society to present the "Conference on the Mayoralty
of Robert F. Wagner," in honor of the 50th anniversary
of the election of New York City's 102nd mayor. Discussions
featured panelists involved in civic affairs during
the Wagner years, as well as political historians
and other specialists.
In 2005, SIP's policy conference, "The Staten
Island Economy: Past, Present, and Visioning the Future,"
focused on Staten Island's economic development. In
2006, SIP is projected to hold a policy conference
on civility and social capital.
SIP also sponsors ad hoc events on topics of concern
to Staten Islanders, including the "Conversations
on Politics" series at which local office holders
engage in thoughtful question and answer sessions
with members of the faculty before an audience of
students and community residents.
PROMOTING BASIC AND
ABOUT STATEN ISLAND
Faculty Research Seminars
In February 2004, the "SIP Faculty Research Seminar
on Staten Island and Its Contexts" convened a
group of 14 faculty for a yearlong, interdisciplinary
seminar focused on Staten Island topics. The group
heard lectures from guest speakers and presented research
findings. The seminar promoted research agendas focused
on local issues in a variety of disciplines, including
communications, education, political science, history,
the health sciences, and ecology. The Staten Island
Colloquium, a joint project of SIP and the Library
Department's Archives and Special Collections, offers
faculty and staff the opportunity to present research-in
progress before an audience of students, faculty/staff,
and members of the Island community. Presentations
for 2005-2006 include projects that focus on local
voting behavior, municipal governance, the Borough’s
immigrant communities, and the arts on Staten Island.
The Staten Island Colloquium meets twice every semester.
SIP Working Papers Series
The SIP Working Papers Series allows for the dissemination
of faculty research. "CSI-SIP Poll: Staten Island
Traffic and Mass Transportation," provides an
analysis of the poll results from the 2003 transportation
conference. "Present Problems and Future Solutions
to Staten Island's Transportation System," analyzes
Staten Island's transportation problems.
SIP actively promotes the growth and development of
the Archives and Special Collections of the CSI Library.
The Archives is a repository of the papers of Staten
Island elected officials, and of other documents related
to the Borough. The Archives also houses and supports
the College's various Oral History Projects that focus
on the life and times of Staten Islanders.
STATEN ISLAND LEADERSHIP
SIP is active in a variety of initiatives and partnerships
that promote and educate emerging Borough leaders.
Since 2003, the CSI Office of Continuing Education
and Professional Development has sponsored the Staten
Island Leadership Institute, a ten-month program that
exposes mid-career professionals to both the philosophical
and practical dimensions of local public affairs matters
through field visits and guest lectures. Eighty Island
companies, governmental agencies, and health care
institutions offer internship and fellowship opportunities
to CSI students. Hundreds of students each year work
in the government and not-for-profit sectors through
credit-granting internship programs.