Habitat for Humanity


Each year since 2009, New School students and staff have worked with Lakota members of the Okiciyapi Tipi Habitat for Humanity in South Dakota on a weeklong service project to build and renovate homes on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Throughout the week, New School groups participate in activities such as a buffalo tour, a sweat lodge ceremony, and dinners with tribal members, which introduce them to Lakota culture and reservation life.


In 2009 and 2010, New School volunteers completed significant work on two new homes in the community and assisted in the renovation and roof insulation of 30 additional dwellings. Most recently, a group of nine volunteers built a wheelchair ramp in the front yard of one homeowner, prepared sheet rock for painting in a new home, and created a neighborhood mural to replace one defaced by graffiti.

The New School Green Fund, which supports university-led sustainability initiatives, donated $5,000 for insulation materials and provided funds to document the trip as an educational resource for future students. View the video here.

For more information, contact Nick Krebs in the Office of Student Development and Activities at leadandserve@newschool.edu or 212.229.5687.

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