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    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. At the session, 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 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. Sign-ups are now closed.

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

    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. Time and location: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Arnhold Hall, room 205 (Hirshon Suite), 55 West 13th Street.

    March 8: 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. Tentative time and location: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., 72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Conference Room.

    March 24: "Brush With Kindness" Spend a day of your spring break giving back! We will meet up at a community center in the city to apply a fresh coat of paint and make minor repairs. Time and location: Approximately 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Manhattan. 

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

    April 22: New York Cares Day Volunteer with fellow students to beautify a public school or park in the city.

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