Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) is hosting Jennifer Jones Austin for an Urban Dialogue — Creating Groundbreaking Change in the Non-profit World: Advocating for Policies that Improve Lives. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at the MCNY Manhattan campus.

Dean Humphrey Crookendale, MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

“Jennifer Jones Austin personifies the values on which this college was founded; Integrity, Innovation, Empowerment,” says Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration, “Our Mission Statement is to provide experientially-based education that fosters personal and professional development, promotes social justice, and encourages positive change in workplaces and communities.  This mission is a daily part of what the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies does, and stands for.”

Who: Jennifer Jones Austin, a fourth-generation leader of faith and social justice, child and family advocate, thought leader, public speaker, and nonprofit chief executive officer, Jennifer Jones Austin fights for equity. As CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, she leads poverty-fighting, policy and advocacy efforts to strengthen and empower the disenfranchised and marginalized communities. A sought-after speaker, Ms. Austin is also the author of Consider It Pure Joy, an account of her battle with a life-threatening illness—and the power of faith and community to transform desperation into joy.

What: Book reading, Urban Dialogue presentation, and discussion on crucial issues affecting urban communities.

Dr. Adele Weiner, Professor MCNY Audrey Cohen School for Human Services


Where: Metropolitan College of New York, 60 West Street, New York, NY

When: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm: Library/Human Services hosts Jennifer Jones Austin reading/Q&A hosted by Dr. Adele Weiner
  • 6:00pm – 6:15pm: Welcomes from/introductions by MCNY President Joanne Passaro, Chief Academic Officer Depoo, and Dean Crookendale
  • 6:15pm – 7:15pm: “Urban Dialogue” presentation with Jennifer Jones Austin
  • 7:15pm – 7:50 pm:  Questions and answers session

Why: Presented by MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration, the goal of the Urban Dialogues series is to foster better understanding among scholars, experts, students, policymakers and ordinary citizens of the public policies that shape the life of New York City and other urban centers.

Jennifer Jones Austin is available for interviews.

Contact: Judy Klym | The Wakeman Agency | 203-921-9039