Initiatives at Lang

New School Debate Team
The New School Debate Team was founded in 2003 by a freshman who wanted to build community at Eugene Lang College. Debating engages New School students in the full range of intellectual and policy arguments on selected issues of current public interest. It brings New School students as ambassadors to universities and other venues in the city, the country, and the world. Every semester, a workshop course in debate is offered for any New School student interested in joining the team. Students can also volunteer to coach in the citywide Urban Debate League, a consortium of debating teams in New York City public high schools. For more information about the Debate Team, contact

Alternative Break Activities
Lang frequently arranges civic engagement field trips during winter recess, spring break, and summer break. This is part of a national movement among universities to promote active citizenship through intensive hands-on civic improvement and reconstruction projects. Students typically engage in community-based work and activism, alongside neighborhood leaders and organizers working for change.

TNSchangemakers is a collaboration between New School students, faculty, and administrators to create a program incubator for diverse activities that will accelerate, broaden, and deepen social entrepreneurship and social innovation education at the university. Programs include the NEWchallenge, which provides seed funds for innovative student-initiated projects that address pressing social and environmental issues; the Social Innovation Speaker Series; and the TNSchangeleaders program.