Public Engagement

Engaged Learning

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    The engaged learning initiatives of the Schools of Public Engagement evolve from year to year. Below is a list of some important ongoing projects and partnerships.

    Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative

    Michele Kahane, Faculty Director; Elizabeth Werbe, Associate Director

    The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI) supports early-stage entrepreneurial leaders in developing the mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. IEI envisions a world that works for us all, in which individuals from diverse backgrounds can do well by doing good, using their talents to help shape a more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable economy. The initiative aims to catalyze the creation of an inclusive economy by making entrepreneurship education, resources, and networks more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey. The IEI includes a Venture Lab, a Graduate Fellowship, and Graduate Curricular Pathways.

    The New School Collaboratory

    Michele Kahane, Faculty Director

    The New School Collaboratory, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, is an action research project and university-wide community of practice designed to enhance the university's efforts to foster meaningful, efficacious, and sustainable engagements with communities and external partners.

    The New School Collaboratory website, the online component of this initiative, provides a space for students, faculty, and external partner organizations to discover and learn about how we approach socially engaged learning and public scholarship at The New School; showcase diverse representations of socially engaged projects, pedagogies, approaches, research, and resources across The New School; and connect and collaborate across the university and with external stakeholders.

    MA TESOL Outreach Program

    Lesley Painter-Farrell, Director, MA TESOL Program; Roshii Jolly, MA TESOL Outreach Program Coordinator

    The MA TESOL Outreach Program, offered through the Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, offers free English language courses to non-English speaking adult immigrants in New York City, in the communities in which they live, through a partnership with local community-based social service organizations. Teaching non-English speaking adults to become proficient in English enables them to enhance their opportunities for employment, to become self-sufficient and gain self-confidence, and to become active participants in the life of the city while also providing real-world experience and training to TESOL students. The New School's MA TESOL Outreach Program differs from other local programs in that it works with community organizations and offers classes at community partners' facilities, with an on-site language teacher to provide oversight and ensure course quality.

    The New Historia

    Gina Luria Walker, Director

    The New Historia is an initiative designed to document and promote the achievements of women in history that have gone unnoticed or unrecognized by society. Led by Gina Luria Walker, a professor of women's studies at The New School, the initiative will use technology, including a searchable digital platform, to connect today's young women with unknown female groundbreakers of the past.

    WriteOn NYC

    Helen Schulman, Faculty Director; Phineas Lambert, Program Director

    WriteOn NYC is a partnership between the MFA Creative Writing Program and the George Jackson Academy in Manhattan, in which MFA candidates teach creative writing workshops and provide mentorship to middle school students whose families are lower-income. WriteOn NYC also provides MFA students and alumni with hands-on, résumé-building experience in producing and running a nonprofit initiative in the role of advisory board members.

    The Corbin Hill Food Project: Community Supported Agriculture at The New School

    Initiated by Dennis Derryck, professor of professional practice in nonprofit management at the Milano School, the Corbin Hill Food Project aims to bring local produce to "food deserts" like the South Bronx and Harlem. Many students, faculty, alumni, and staff have participated in this effective food justice project, which addresses the South Bronx's economic and nutritional needs. The program runs on a Community Supported Agriculture model, in which members of the Farm Share support communities and also receive the benefits of fresh seasonal produce. All members of the New School community are invited to join.