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The New School

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
66 West 12th Street
New York, New York 10011
Phone
(212) 229-5150
School Information
“Since our founding in 1919, The New School has redrawn and redefined the boundaries of intellectual and creative thought as a preeminent academic center. Our rigorous, multidimensional approach to education dissolves walls between disciplines and helps nurture progressive minds. At our university, students have the academic freedom to shape their unique, individual paths for a complex and rapidly changing world. With leading-edge faculty and world-renowned alumni, we are committed to developing students who will have an impact on the world and address the most pressing social issues of our time. This effort is bolstered by the university’s Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, which is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive, and socially just environment for our community” (Source: https://www.newschool.edu/about/). The school offers 126 degree programs and is home to over 10,000 students enrolled, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 (Source: https://www.newschool.edu/).
General Information
The New School has put forth several efforts in order to align itself with anti-racist initiatives. These efforts include the Campus Climate Assessment Implementation Task Force; the Institute of Race, Power and Political Economy; and several events, conferences, and workshops for race and bias. At this time, no CRT training is yet required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, The New School's President issued a message in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "I am deeply concerned by this decision, both personally and on behalf of our students—past, present, and future. I know that many of you share this concern...For decades, colleges have been able to use admissions as one tool to counteract the pervasive thread of discrimination and white supremacy woven into the fabric of our higher education system and, indeed, our society. The removal of this tool sends the dangerous message that a diverse learning environment is dispensable. I could not disagree more fervently. It is a mission we cannot afford to give up...And I fear a return to an era that precedes the tremendous work activists have done to fight for these rights, particularly in education. But we will not let that happen."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In 2020, The New School hosted a workshop known as “Racism Untaught,” which “is a toolkit developed to facilitate workshops in academia and industry to walk participants through the process of analyzing forms of Racialized Design – design that perpetuates elements of racism.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts offers the Race and Ethnicity minor to undergraduates.
  • The New School offers a certificate program on Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Design.
Program and Research Funding
  • In 2021, the New School founded the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy, which “advances research to understand structural inequalities and works to identify groundbreaking ways to promote equity.”
  • The Data Visualization & Racial Equity Fellowship is offered by the Parsons School of Design. In Fall of 2022, the award totalled $5,000 for one incoming student.
Resources
  • The New School hosted a 10 week online seminar program on “Comparative Racisms” from March through May 2022.
  • The New School’s Management and Social Justice Project incorporates a speaker series as well as a 2023 Conference.
  • On April 18, 2023, The New School held a colloquium of Sociology on the topic, “Race, Class and Capitalism: The Changing Views of W.E.B. Du Bois.”
  • The New School’s Office of EISJ “offers a variety of programming to support and advance equity, inclusion, and social justice.”
  • On June 12, 2020, The New School released a statement announcing several incoming initiatives, including “a new Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification, and Political Economy.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The New School’s Office of Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice put forth an initiative known as the Campus Climate Assessment Implementation Task Force, which is “charged with operationalizing the recommendations of the campus climate assessment.”
  • The Office of EISJ crafted the University Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Committee which “draws on and aligns the various efforts across colleges and departments to ensure that all members of the community are served and to promote fidelity in operation and implementation.”
  • On May 13, 2022, The New School released a statement proposing the Framework for Fearless Progress, which incorporates several initiatives that further the school’s goal to “remove barriers to access and to redress policies, praxis, and pedagogy that limit full inclusion.” One such initiative is to have students, faculty, and staff select “an identity marker.”
Last updated April 22nd, 2024
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