Brita Servaes, Undergraduate Services Librarian, The New School Libraries & Archives

I was born in the historic city of Cologne, Germany, a place that has been diverse and cosmopolitan since its beginnings in Roman times.

I have a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Library Science from Long Island University. I have been a librarian at The New School since 2005 and a New School Safe Zone trainer since the program’s beginning at TNS.

Previously, I worked with LGTBQ student initiatives at NYU, and Native American communities at the New York Public Library. Having lived in New York City for almost 30 years, I have extensive professional and personal experience with diversity and social justice issues.

I believe that all staff, students and faculty need to hear directly from members of diverse and underrepresented communities in order for The New School to benefit from these diverse experiences and viewpoints. For social justice to be sustainable and become fundamental to all aspects of The New School, we all need ongoing opportunities to listen to genuinely different voices.

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