Opportunities to Expand Your Work
Listed here are resources to connect your work to social justice. Some organizations, projects, and initiatives appear to only follow one thread but if you look deeper you will see that most are interdisciplinary to their core. Use these networks to develop the ideas seeded in course or in life, and look to collaborate and construct communities of practice that can nourish your curiosity and foster life-long learning and service.
Social Justice at The New School:
Lang's Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice. This office supports events, workshops, and community partnerships as well as awards for students who need financial support to carry out a project that serves the mission of social justice. The office also supports the Gural Scholars program and summer internship support grants. Each week a newsletter summarizes opportunities and highlights the work being done, so look out for your weekly email alert. Learn more about this office, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellows. An endowment provided by the parents of an alumna of the Interdisciplinary Science program provides merit-based fellowships to students and graduating seniors in need of financial support to carry out work that promotes environmental justice and health equity. A number of local organizations have partnered with the program to offer research experiences and internships that meet these goals. Contact: Katayoun Chamany [email protected].
Students should also visit Engaged Learning at Lang to learn about other opportunities including internships, study abroad programs, civic engagement, and social justice opportunities.
New School Student Organizations. This list of student organizations spans Feminist Writers, Students for Social Justice, Sisters on the Runway, Recycled Runway, the BriColab Art Initiative, Musical Theater, Theater Collective, and Slow Food. Find organizations and discover opportunities at Narwhal Nation.
Impact Entrepeneurship Venture Lab. Launched as part of a broader university-wide Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI), the Venture Lab supports innovative student entrepreneurs who seek to develop and launch financially-sustainable ventures with the potential for scalable impact. Both graduate students and upper undergraduates (juniors and seniors) across The New School may apply to the Venture Lab. Visit the website for more information about the program, application process, and deadlines.
Democracy and Diversity Fellows. With the conviction that adequate social and human capital is a crucial element in developing a culture of democratic governance, the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) creates unique study programs that bring together civic-minded students, junior scholars, and nonprofit professionals from around the world. Its flagship projects, the Democracy & Diversity Summer Institutes conducted in Poland and South Africa, are organized in partnership with key academic and civic actors in the region. Please take a look at the information about the most recent Democracy & Diversity Institutes in Wroclaw and in Johannesburg. Application deadlines are in the fall and spring, and a few undergraduates are selected to join a group of faculty and graduate students.
The Vera List New School Art Collection Awards are given out annually to New School students who write or create visual narratives in film and media inspired by works in the university's art collection. The awards were established in 1996 by the late Vera List, a life trustee of The New School, and are distributed by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Each year, a new theme is chosen to address multifaceted inquiry into the nature of the material world. The awards celebrate a range of media formats, with a first-place award of $400 and a second-place award of $200 in each category. Winners are selected by a jury of prominent faculty members and administrators. The prize-winning pieces are edited by professional art critics in collaboration with their authors and are published in the annual award poster/site, which is designed in collaboration with illustration faculty of Parsons School of Design.
Student Leadership and Involvement. Discover many opportunities for making change on or beyond our campus.
Other organizations. In addition, the Interdisciplinary Science program seeks to support scientific innovation through responsible and ethical practices. The following organizations reflect our philosophy and mission. They stay up-to-date on the challenges facing scientists and the public, and they publish blogs and journals dedicated to this interface.