Student Development and Activities is home to more than 50 recognized
student organizations. See below a brief list of organizations and their mission statements.
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Pre-Professional and Academic Interest [+]
Association for International Development (AID)
The Association for International Development [AID] at The New School addresses issues above and beyond international development. We gather international affairs practitioners, NGOs, grassroots advocates, and members of the academic community in the same venue. [AID] is designed for students who wish to develop a professional or academic interest in the issues surrounding of international affairs.
City Services Lab
The City Services Lab begins with the notion that alternative practices need to be seen as crucial urban services. We expand the idea of who serves the city and who should and can be contributors to the city. We recognize the role of the artist, the activist, and all people serving the city in both traditional and nontraditional ways. We position our organization within the evolving city, to strengthen and realize the potential of all those engaged with the city.
Given a culture that is increasingly reliant on digital technologies to display information and create products, and given also that there is no community that focuses on this technology aspect at The New School, the Code Club is a place for students of all departments to join and learn the skills and gain the understanding necessary to become the most proficient programmers they can be.
Fostering an environment of learning, networking, and collaborating, dorkShop is a series of student-led, skill-sharing workshops. The purpose of dorkShop is to facilitate the exchange of creative ideas and help develop an individual's skills and strengths within an informed and interested community.
Dress Practice Collective
The Dress Practice Collective is a multi-disciplinary student organization that explores the ways in which dress and fashion intersect with and transform human experience, cultures, and social structure. The Dress Practice Collective explores these concepts by engaging a variety of mediums, from films and exhibits to publications and workshops.
Entertainment and Film Production Organization (EFPO)
The Entertainment and Film Production Organization (EFPO) aims to create a structured framework for students to collaborate on film projects. The organization functions to produce films written, directed, captured, edited, and scored solely by students at The New School. Screenplays advocating social justice or progressive representations are given special consideration.
New School Science Club
The club offers a supportive environment for students interested in science. Members share class discussions, articles, books, events, news, and questions with each other, learning to think critically as a community about science, technology, ethics, and policy.
Phenomenology Research Group
Hosted by the Department of Philosophy at The New School, the Phenomenology Research Group is an interdisciplinary and multi-departmental group among the Consortium of New York City universities interested in the phenomenological tradition. The group's membership is open to any graduate student of any department and includes members of the philosophy department, historical studies, media studies, and politics. Membership is also open to students outside of the university who express an interest in the phenomenological tradition.
PhotoFeast is a student organization at The New School. Its programming presents new perspectives and emerging insights in the visual and media arts and beyond. Its mission is to create a dialogue concerning how contemporary art is being shaped and interpreted. In response to emphasizing these ideas, PhotoFeast will host lectures, workshops, panels, and various events to generate in-depth conversations.
The Psychoanalytic Workshop at The New School is a student-based initiative that emerged from the Department of Philosophy to encourage and foster intellectual exchange and innovative scholarship among graduate students in preparation for professional academic careers. The workshop aims to build a community of critical discourse within the New York metropolitan area by inviting scholars from local and international institutions to present a paper and participate in a subsequent one-hour discussion. The workshop typically holds three to four meetings per semester.
SOMOS OLA is a platform and space for students to engage with urgent
issues related to Latin America. In addition to action, SOMOS OLA
fulfills diverse interests with regard to the Latin American region and
its impact on the global context.
The New Voice
The mission of The New Voice Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
Social and Special Interest [+]
American Sign Language Organization
The American Sign Language Organization is a way for hearing and deaf
students at The New School to come together and learn about deaf
culture, as well as learn a variety of words and phrases in American
Sign Language. As the third most common language in America, students
will be able to expand their horizons by using their face, hands, and
body to communicate with others.
Asian Student Society
The mission of the Asian Student Society at The New School is to bring together students from and/or interested in Asia to create a safe, inclusive, and empowering space that provides mutual support, facilitates interdisciplinary engagement and cultural exchange, and thereby enhances the representation of the Asian community at The New School.
DREAM:IN NY’s mission is to collect people’s dreams as a way to build a canvas for creative thinking. The organization creates a dynamic database of dreams gathered within the university and the five boroughs of New York City to act as a source of inspiration for social innovation. We mobilize these dreams, talents, and resources through our workshops whereby members and select external experts will collaborate and identify areas of opportunity to generate viable solutions and implementation strategies. Original ideas that address social well-being will be carried from vision to realization.
We make things. Real, tangible things. We learn how the world works by taking things apart, reconfiguring and reusing them. We find creative ways to connect the digital and physical worlds within art and design.
New School Bikes
Our mission is to promote bicycling beyond its recreational value as a sustainable alternative mode of transport.
The mission of Nuev@ Latin@ is to create an open and safe learning environment for Latinas and allies, allowing us to become educated about our culture and our growing stature within the Unites States. We focus on Latina issues without the exclusion of other cultures and share the passions we have for life with those around us. More importantly, we create a university-wide community of Latinas and allies that remains with us long after our college years.
New School Game Club
The New School Game Club
promotes the study and appreciation of games within the entire New
School community, and serves as an outreach and contact point for the
New York City game design community.
New School Students for Sustainable Cities
Join a group of New School students dedicated to exploring and expanding
the links between the sustainability community in New York City and
sustainability resources at The New School. Its main interests are
renewable/sustainable energy, environmental justice, food issues,
transportation systems, waste systems, responsible consumption,
community engagement, and whimsy.
New School Urban Forestry Club
Our mission is to maintain and build a greener and healthier campus by
taking care of the trees in our urban environment. The Urban Forestry
Club engages the school's community to be responsible for the trees in
the surroundings and enhance their benefits by stewardship activities.
The group also brings awareness of the importance of the green
infrastructure in urban areas and builds a community of students with a
common interest that benefits their environment.
NSFP Forum is an organization run by members of The New School Free
Press. We intend to foster community at The New School and its
surrounding city and create a link between students, faculty, and staff
and the members of the press who cover the university. We want to create
a level of involvement for members of the university and break down the
barrier between the members of the university and the Free Press.
Sisters on the Runway at The New School
Domestic violence is a serious problem in our society that does not get enough recognition or attention. Every day, thousands of cases of abuse towards women go unreported. There are shelters that help women and children with the psychological and physical pain associated with abuse as well as offer a place to live and job training. These shelters need donations in order to continue their good work. We, as students, want to help our neighbors in need. Sisters on the Runway at The New School strives to raise funds and awareness for these shelters by involving our communities in fundraising efforts.
Slow Food TNS
We are engaging The New School community to create access to good, clean, and fair food by creating a space for members to gather in a social setting and centered around food. We create an opportunity for students to afford and enjoy healthy food that is locally sourced and homemade on a student budget in an expensive city and within a student schedule where time is precious. We create opportunities for people to learn about the local food system and food cultures and practices of our peers.
Students for Social Justice
Students for Social Justice seeks to foster and encourage dialogue on social justice perspectives. It aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment for students of various backgrounds and those passionate about serving underrepresented groups and communities.
Students of the African Diaspora (SOAD)
SOAD provides, secures, and creates a space that fosters production and growth, exchange, support, mentorship, activism, critical engagement, and consciousness-building and awareness-raising among students of the African Diaspora and the New School community at large.
Political Action and Advocacy [+]
This organization aims to destigmatize mental health disorders by promoting open, enlightened discussion of mental health and to create a better life for all who suffer. It also serves to capitalize on the energy and dedication of young adults in the fight against the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders, and to educate, enlighten, and empower all young adults to ensure their own mental health before it ever reaches a tragic stage.
Feminist Collective is a coalition of
students who challenge gendered oppression through inquiry, education,
and activism within the university and beyond. By confronting pervasive
injustices like sexual violence, harassment, exclusion, and repression
we work towards fostering a more safe, respectful, and liberated
community of individuals. We insist that feminist politics and ethics be
considered seriously by our university, and together we confront the
fundamental problems of social organization while honoring the founding
principles of this educational institution and its commitment to civic
Global Migration Group
The Global Migration Group brings awareness and direct advocacy of global migration issues to The New School community and beyond, creating a dynamic forum for dialogue across diverse disciplines and cultures.
New School Student Democrats
New School Student Democrats is a political organization created for
students for who desire progressive political change. We work to provide
students with opportunities to be politically active at the grassroots
level, organizing students to give back to their community with days of
service and to campaign for change. We hope to encourage political
activism within the entire body of The New School and open our doors to
students from any political affiliation.
New School Students for Justice in Palestine
New School Students for Justice in Palestine is a student organization advocating solidarity with existing Palestinian movements for self determination, justice in Palestine in accordance with International Law and Human Rights regimes, and democratic society in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Platypus Affiliated Society
Platypus is a project for the self-criticism, self-education, and, ultimately, the practical reconstitution of a Marxian Left. At present the Marxist Left appears as a historical ruin.
ReNew School is a group of students dedicated to advancing the cause of sustainability on campus and engaging the student body and administration in efforts to fulfill the university's commitment to environmental stewardship. The group acts in three capacities: (1) informing students on environmental issues and giving these students the tools and connections to pursue their interests and goals, (2) aiding the administration in achieving its sustainability goals, and (3) connecting the university as a whole to other local, national, and global groups dedicated to sustainability.
V-Day at The New School
V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention to the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. Through V-Day campaigns, V-Day at The New School produces annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, Any One Of Us: Words From Prison, screenings of V-Day's documentary Until The Violence Stops, and Spotlight Teach-ins to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within our local community.
International Interest [+]
Chinese Student and Scholar Association
The Chinese Student and Scholar Association aims to enhance the connection between the Chinese community and The New School. It is dedicated to provide support and resources for Chinese students and scholars and serves as a platform for the interaction of the Chinese community. We promote cultural exchange through organized activities.
We are a student body represented by The New School representing the Greek community. We want to collaborate with students from around the greater New York area to promote positive networking platforms for different fundraising organizations in the Greek community and among students themselves.
Hong Kong Student Association
The Hong Kong Student Association helps Hong Kong students of The New
School to create a network of friends from a familiar culture. HKSA
strives to help Hong Kong students adjust to New York and provides an
introductory platform for students from other cultures to get to know
International Club strives to foster the international community at The New School. Through collaboration with other clubs, outside organization, and our own activities, we provide immersion into a multitude of cultures.
International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) holds an open forum for students to voice feedback concerning New School services, websites, programs, and outreach. The purpose of ISAB is to make studying at The New School and living in New York a better experience for international students. Our meetings provide a forum for exchange, discussion, leadership, and collaboration.
New French Connection
The purpose of this organization is to experience French culture in an informal and engaging way. The group aims to enrich campus life by creating a community that celebrates Francophone culture and language.
The mission of Project Africa is to promote a greater understanding and increase cross-cultural awareness of the continent and its people. Through its efforts, it seeks to inspire students to further their knowledge of Africa through constructive dialogue, personal research, or interdisciplinary engagement.
Taiwanese Student Association
The mission of this club is to provide opportunities for Taiwanese students at The New School to meet other Taiwanese students in the city, and to provide assistance and advice for adjusting to the life in New York.
Art, Music, Performance [+]
BriCollab Art Initiative
The BriCollab Art Initiative at the New School is a DIY art initiative which encourages all New School students to see each others' works and give/receive feedback by organizing meetings where they can show their finished works or works-in-progress, curate student-run themed conventional and/or alternative exhibitions, produce new works collaboratively, organize theoretical and practical workshops in an exchange system, and sponsor art-related field trips and talks. The objectives of the initiative are to improve dialogue, artistic practices, and to provide opportunity to display art works of members regardless of the degree they are pursuing and to develop interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills as well as building a well-connected community at the New School.
Collective Arts Club
Creating a platform for artists and makers of all kinds to share work, events, ideas, inspire discussions, find materials, and everything else in-between.
Diversity Works is a student-initiated, student-run university organization seeking to utilize theatrical arts to explore issues of diversity in thought, history, and/or culture. It also aims to act as a platform for underrepresented student artist to express/celebrate their diverse gifts/talents.
Experimental Writing Collective (EWC)
The EWC's mission is to create a community around the exploration of primarily
poetry but also other modes of art at The New School. We want to promote
both experimentation through poetics and shared dialogues with other
writers outside the classroom setting. The idea is to think of
ourselves not only as students, but as contemporary writers working
together to advance our art.
Fashion Design and Textiles Group
This group aims to further expose students to various skills in the fashion design area outside of the classroom experience. Many students, not only at Parsons, but also in other The New School major programs, have strong interests in learning and practicing new fashion design and textiles knowledge and skills; but the busy time schedules and huge workloads make them difficult to find time and resources to do so. Therefore, we aim to fill those gaps and fulfill the students’ needs through the various workshops and lectures organized through this group.
Filmmakers United is an organization that promotes and encourages community among students, professors, artists, musicians, and independent filmmakers who share a passion for media studies and film production including, screenwriting, film production, editing, music, multimedia design and more. Our mission is to foster a respectful, inclusive, and participatory atmosphere through which its members can receive and give feedback, share resources, exchange ideas, gain production experience, and build their own reels and/or portfolios.
MFA Collective Works
MFA Collective Works acts in the interests of the MFA Fine Arts students, and the broader Parsons community within the New School. Our mission is to:
- offer events, workshops, and discussions on issues related to visual art practice, research, exhibition, and professional development
- connect and network between Parsons Fine Arts students and the broader New School community
- provide support and community-building to students, faculty, and staff interested in visual culture at New School and the broader society
- connect the work of artists at Parsons with the vibrant New York arts community
Musical Theatre Organization (MTO)
MTO is the musical theater organization within The New School community. Our mission is to create a company capable of performing throughout the school and the city. We are a group of performers, directors, stage hands and managers, costumers, musicians, theatre lovers, composers, writers, and dramaturges who use our talents to create cabarets and full-scale musical theater productions. If you are interested in joining us please send us an email and we can set up a meeting.
New Light Opera
To bring the opportunity of vocal performance to the New School community in a setting that educates students in all aspects of how an opera company runs.
New School Improv
Our mission is to practice and promote improvisation as an art form. We will foster a safe environment where students can engage in spontaneous, creative, and rewarding performances. We will provide an opportunity to build confidence in the classroom, the workforce, and everyday communication.
The Theatre Collective works to supports student theater artists in pursuing their theatrical endeavors whether it is in the form of creating original works, reviving established pieces, or experimenting in different roles in the theatrical process. The collective aims to provide students with the resources necessary to build projects of their own vision.
Faith-based, Religious, Spiritual [+]
Ecclésia Christian Ministry
Ecclésia Christian Ministry is a graduate and undergraduate student group founded for the purpose of providing all students at The New School a place to learn about living an authentic Christian life where we experience the love of God and are transformed to impact the world. We want to have an international perspective on the Christian faith by looking at the global church, hosting scholarly seminars on faith and culture, and serving our campus, local communities, and beyond. We also want to explore how we can express our faith creatively through the use of art, music, and media.
Faith and Fashion
We are an inter-denominational and evangelical gathering which seeks to integrate the Christian faith with our work in fashion. We welcome the spiritually curious from any or no religious background.
Jewish Student Union
The Jewish Student Union is a community for Jewish and non-Jewish students at The New School with an interest in creating the space to talk and act on various topics related to Judaism. Such topics can include Jewish culture, pluralism, spirituality, Jewish identity, Jewish studies, social action, and Israel. In order to create a vibrant community, we are a pluralist organization, open to all people from all points of view. The organization, therefore, is not "Reform," "Conservative," or "Orthodox," nor "left-wing" or "right-wing." It is our desire that the JSU honors our predecessors at The New School, allowing our school's history, deeply embedded in Jewish issues, to be a light on our organization's actions and our members.
New School Remnant Christian Fellowship
We are a community that is striving to grow in our knowledge of God's heart, but at the same time grow in embracing the reality of His love and in turn be an encouragement and testimony of Christ to our campus. We truly desire to be a place where anyone can come, be themselves, and search for the peace that comes with understanding who God is through Jesus Christ.
Health and Recreation [+]
To provide a venue for students to collaboratively explore the sport of mountaineering through education and fellowship.
New School Outdoor Club (supported by the Office of Recreation and Intramural Sports)