Karen Merson | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Karen Merson

    Instructor, Management


    Karen Merson is a lecturer at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. For more than twenty years, Merson has been an organizational development consultant, working with nonprofit, for-profit and governmental organizations. From 1992 to 2001, she designed and delivered management training programs for the American Management Association and also worked with the Anti-Defamation League in designing and delivering their corporate diversity training programs throughout the United States.

    In 1995, Merson found her true calling when she was appointed as an adjunct professor of management at New York University's McGhee Division. In 1997 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She came to the New School’s Milano School for Management and Urban Policy in 2001 where she is currently on contract as a visiting full-time faculty member. At Milano, Merson teaches courses in the core curriculum, including the new signature course “Making a Difference," a requirement for all incoming students. She also teaches courses in the Organizational Change Management concentration. She serves actively on Milano’s diversity committee.

    Merson’s primary areas of interest are social justice, diversity, and social change.  She will soon complete her doctorate at Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Development with an emphasis on transformative learning for social justice.