• 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 students to be effective leaders and active citizens by presenting leadership and civic engagement information, referrals, and workshops, both on and off campus. In addition to providing these resources, we serve 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 leadandserve@newschool.edu.

    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. At the session, we outline the ways students can get involved at The New School, including specific 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. This 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.

    Student Leadership Development Series

    We offer a series of programs to help students develop their potential, both as individuals and as leaders. Programs are co-hosted by Student Development and Activities and other campus partners, including Student Housing and Residential Education, Athletics and Recreation, Academic Advising, and Career Services. Keep an eye on this page for announcements and details about the upcoming student leadership Development Program. Other features of the program include:

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

    Current offerings for the spring 2017 semester:

    January 28: Habitat for Humanity Project One-day trip to Queens to help build affordable housing for fellow New Yorkers. RSVP required.

    February 11: Escape The Room! Join forces with fellow students to face the challenge of puzzles and pressure to figure your way out of a mystery scenario.

    February 15: Budget Workshop for all student leaders and event planners. Learn how to effectively plan your budget and navigate The New School's processes for accessing and spending funds. 

    March 13: Get Better at Public Speaking! Does presenting in front of your class freak you out? Let members of the Student Success Advising team give you tips and strategies to overcome your fears and effectively get your ideas across to classmates and teachers.

    March 24: "Brush With Kindness" Spend a day of your spring break giving back! We meet up at a community center in the city to apply a fresh coat of paint and make minor repairs.
    Approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in downtown Brooklyn. Find more info and sign up here.

    April 17-18, 20: Student Organization Officer Transition Clinic: Come learn all you need to know about where to start in your new student group leadership role or how to successfully transition away from your role as you prepare to move on. RSVP required.   

    April (date TBA): Alumni Panel on Nonprofit, Public Service, and Social Action Work Hear from New School alumni who work in these areas and get their insights into job searching, interviewing, and succeeding while building a stronger community.

    April 22: New York Cares Day Volunteer with fellow students to beautify a public school or park in the city. More info and sign-up coming soon!

    Please email leadandserve@newschool.edu to learn more about leadership opportunities on campus or to propose workshops.