The Milano School is widely recognized for its innovative approach to educating leaders who make a measurable difference. Its activities focus on addressing complex real-world problems in cities, organizations, and communities. Milano's approach is both comparative and global, with a commitment to the achievement of a just and equitable world.
Milano blends critical theory with hands-on practice, progressive thinking with social engagement, and research with reflection in action. The unparalleled faculty of scholars and practitioners engage in multidisciplinary, critical approaches that challenge prevailing wisdom. Milano graduates lead public, private, and nongovernmental institutions around the world and in New York City.
The Milano School's Center for New York City Affairs and the Observatory on Latin America conduct applied research and convene public programs, promoting dialogue on pressing issues of interest.
The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy was constituted in 2011 by merging two institutions with innovative histories: the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy and the Graduate Program in International Affairs.
Robert J. Milano (1912-2000) grew up in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan and attended public school and university in New York, majoring in business administration and financial law. He later attended classes at The New School for Social Research.
Mr. Milano served on the Board of Trustees of The New School from 1976 to 2000. Previously he had been a member of the advisory board of the J.M. Kaplan Center and was vice chair of the Visiting Committee to the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy from 1975 to 1983.
Mr. Milano was involved in transforming The New School into a major urban university with a distinctive orientation to public service and the arts, providing financial support for increased undergraduate scholarships, paid faculty leaves, venture capital grants to stimulate innovative academic programs, a student residence hall, and an undergraduate student center.
Julien J. Studley (1927- ) was a refugee from Belgium during World War II and took courses at The New School in the 1950s and 1960s. He built a thriving real estate business in New York and around the United States. He became closely involved with The New School, becoming a university trustee in 1987 and serving as its chairman from 2008 to 2009.
Mr. Studley was an early supporter of the Graduate Program in International Affairs, serving on its first advisory committee and providing financial support for the International Field Program, student fellowships, and the Observatory on Latin America (OLA), of which he was a founding benefactor.
In 2012, he gave a major gift to the university which expanded the OLA and established the Studley Faculty Research Fund and the Studley Faculty Fellow Program, and expanded the International Field Program.
Michelle J. DePass is the dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management.
She came to Milano in November 2013 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where since 2009 she had served as assistant administrator for International and Tribal Affairs. In this presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position, Ms. DePass was responsible for all aspects of environmental policy involving the EPA and other nations, federally recognized tribal nations, and multilateral institutions and donors.
Before joining the EPA, Ms. DePass was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, with a portfolio focused on the environment and community development, most notably green economy and climate change, environmental health and justice, and indigenous environmental rights. In her two-decade career in sustainability and public service, Ms. DePass has also served as founding executive director of the New York Environmental Justice Alliance, senior policy advisor to the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental manager of the City of San Jose. A lawyer by training, Ms. DePass was a Kunstler Fellow for civil rights at the Center for Constitutional Rights here in New York City. She is a sought-after civil society leader and has served on dozens of boards and advisory committees to government, NGOs, and international organizations. Ms. DePass holds a bachelor's degree from Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School, and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, where she was a National Urban Fellow.
The New School is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
A privately supported institution, The New School is chartered as a university by the Regents of the State of New York.
The Urban Policy Analysis and Management Program is accredited by NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration).
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