• Student Leadership

    Student Leadership

    The Office of Student Development and Activities provides several opportunities in leadership development, community service, and civic engagement.

    Our primary objective is to prepare and empower you to be an effective leader and active citizen by presenting leadership and civic engagement information, referrals, workshops, and opportunities. In addition to providing these resources, the program serves as a central source for leadership and civic engagement opportunities offered throughout the university.

    For more information about student leadership and civic engagement, please email

    Leadership Opportunities

    Student Development and Activities offers several leadership workshops and retreats throughout the year in collaboration with campus partners.

    Orientation Program

    During New Student Orientation, we offer an "Introduction to Involvement" informational session. There we outline all the ways to get involved at The New School, including almost all opportunities for leadership. New students should check the orientation schedule and attend!

    Leadership Retreat

    The Student Success and Leadership Retreat was held on October 8 and 9, 2016. Look for new dates coming in 2017. It is a two-day on-campus retreat that focuses on social change and building personal leadership skills. Prior leadership experience is not required. All applicants must be available for both days.

    Leadership Series

    We are offering a series of programs to help you develop your potential as a person and a leader. Programs will be co-hosted by Student Development and Activities and other campus partners, including Student Housing and Residence Life, Athletics and Recreation, Academic Advising, and Career Services. Keep an eye on this page for announcements about and details of the Student Leadership Development Program. Other features of the program:

    • All programs are open to all students (although space may be limited and some programs may have a nominal cost).
    • You have the opportunity to earn a Leadership Certificate by attending a certain number of programs over the course of the year.
    • The program offers you the chance to become a better you, a better student, and a better citizen of the world!

    Current offerings for the fall 2016 semester:

    Details Title Description Presenter/Facilitator/Sponsor
    9/24/16 Habitat for Humanity: Critical Home Repair in Brooklyn Volunteer opportunity: Repairing houses damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Limit 12 people. Becca Stein
    Student Housing and Residence Life (SHRL) and OSDA
    10/4/16 7:00–8:00 p.m. 80 Fifth Avenue, room 529 Effective Communication Get basic tips on everything from writing better emails to making small talk to expressing yourself effectively; then practice in a safe, anxiety-free space. Terra Bailey
    10/8–10/9 Leadership Retreat The Student Success and Leadership Retreat is a two-day on-campus retreat that focuses on social change and building personal leadership skills. Prior leadership experience is not required. All applicants must be available both days. Jacinta Avery and Marsha Dawson
    OSDA and SHRL
    10/14/16 1:00-5:00 p.m. 80 Fifth Avenue, room 529 Safe Zone Training Educates and empowers TNS community members to serve as advocates and/or allies to members of the university community who identify as LGBTQIAGNC. Please email if you want Leadership Series credit for attending this training. More info Student Health Services
    10/18/16 6:00-7:00 p.m. 66 West 12th Street, room 510 Introduction to Social Justice You go to The New School in New York City, so you should probably know the answer to these questions: Do you know what a microaggression is? What does LGBTQIAGNC stand for? What does "woke" mean?If you don't, join us to find out! No RSVP required.
    10/25/16 7:00-9:00 p.m. University Center, room 201 True Colors Workshop True Colors is a model for understanding yourself and others on the basis of personality and temperament. Find out more about yourself and how you work best with others. Theresa Vitale
    Student Success Advisors
    10/29/16 Volunteer Shifts 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Fall Ball at East Village Community School Volunteer opportunity: helping set up, implement, and clean up after this elementary school's fall festival. Family-friendly costumes encouraged; refreshments provided. To volunteer email by 10/21/16. Chasity Wilson
    11/2/16 7:00 p.m. M101
    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 
    2 West 13th Street
    Conflict and Having Difficult Conversations Find out how to navigate conflict and tough situations in this informative and interactive session. Use past experiences and self- reflection to avoid future issues. No RSVP required. Refreshments will be served.
    Marcy Hudson
    11/11/16 Microaggressions Workshop Workshop addresses brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or not, that communicate a hostile, derogatory, or negative slight or insult toward a targeted group. More info Student Health Services

    Please contact to learn more about leadership opportunities on campus or to propose workshops.