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Civic Engagement and Social Justice

  • At Lang, social justice is the ethical core of a liberal arts education. Students deepen their commitment to social justice both inside and outside of seminar-style classes. In courses where the city is the classroom we partner with activists, artists, policymakers and other community leaders across New York City to connect theory to practice. Many students commit to creating change in their communities and beyond with the support of a dedicated community of peers, faculty, and staff.

    Lang’s Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice (CESJ) is a hub that creates opportunities for students to bridge their social justice passions and academic work, as well as to build community with others who are dedicated to leading social justice centered-lives. CESJ programs take the shape of “learning communities,” comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community partner organizations around New York City. In these programs, Lang students connect theoretical frameworks and the lived experience of working towards social justice, and develop a practice of self-reflection. Current CESJ programs include:

    The Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholars Program, a selective opportunity for students who demonstrate a significant commitment to social justice before arriving at Lang. Over the four years of their Lang experience, Gural Scholars work closely in cohorts to develop community-based projects focused on social justice at local, national, and international levels. Learn more about the Gural Scholars program.

    The CESJ Summer Student Fellowship Program, a competitive, paid summer opportunity for students interested in connecting their social justice work on campus with a full-time professional experience. Lang staff support fellows through weekly seminars and workshops as they cultivate their skills in the workplace and critically analyze the complexities of pursuing a social justice career. Learn more about the Summer Student Fellowship Program.

    Reading New York City courses, taught by Lang alumni, engage students with the city through site visits and public programs in addition to traditional course work. Students apply a critical lens to inside and outside of classroom learning experiences in order to understand the world around them. Alumni whose work is tied to social justice initiatives in the city are strongly encouraged to apply to teach in this program. Learn more about Reading New York City courses.