• 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!

    Emerging Leaders Program

    The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) provides an opportunity for a group of New School students to develop their understanding of leadership skills and gain practical leadership experience. These students will participate in the program throughout the fall semester, Mondays from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., in addition to fulfilling other commitments required of program participants. Applicants are selected on the basis of their motivation and commitment to becoming involved in leadership at The New School. Self-awareness, communication, and the ability to work well with others are also very important. No leadership experience is necessary. Apply today!

    Leadership Retreat 2017: Discover the Leader in You 

    You are invited to apply to the annual Student and Campus Life Student Leadership Retreat to learn transferable leadership skills, meet other New School leaders, make connections, and retreat to New York's Catskill Mountains. This two-day retreat, Friday, September 22-Sunday, September 24, is a great way to start building your New School community. All students are encouraged to apply; space is limited! Please note that the bus departs for the Frost Valley YMCA from 63 Fifth Avenue at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and from Frost Valley at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    Leadership Programs

    We offer a series of programs focusing on experiential opportunities to help students develop their potential, both as individuals and as leaders. Students can discover soft skills developed through co-curricular involvement and translate those skills to their current and future endeavors. 

    Keep an eye on this page for announcements and details of the upcoming Leadership Programs. Other features of the program include:

    • The program is open to all New School students, although space may be limited and some programs may have a nominal cost.
    • The program offers each participant the chance to become a better person, a better student, and a better citizen of the world!

    Current offerings for the fall 2017 semester:

    September 22-24: Leadership Retreat 2017 

    September 25: Emerging Leaders Program session starts.

    October 14: Recycling/Sustainability Project with Sure We Can: One-day trip to Brooklyn. RSVP required.

    October 21: New York Cares Day (tentative): Emerging Leaders service project 

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