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The New School’s Commitment to Addressing Climate Change

With the recent news about President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our university’s commitment to environmental sustainability and to finding innovative solutions to address it. The New School joins other higher education institutions, local and state governments, and business leaders in proclaiming that “We Are […]

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The New School Response to Recent National Policy Actions

Our country is experiencing a level of division and discord not seen in generations. It seems that almost every day, there is a new development that threatens the core values of inclusion and openness exemplified by The New School. As a consequence, we are witnessing the highest level of engagement and social activism by our […]

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President Trump’s Executive Order

The New School’s extensive international community is among our greatest strengths. A variety of cultural, political, ethnic, racial, and religious perspectives—and diversity in all its forms—add immeasurably to the level of our scholarship, creativity, and ability to engage effectively with complex global issues.   Further, in 1933, The New School founded the University in Exile, a […]

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Start of the New Semester

The spring semester has begun! Welcome back, faculty and students, and a special welcome to all of the new students who are just starting at The New School. I am confident you will find it to be a wonderful match for your intellectual and creative ambitions and that you will find a highly collaborative and […]

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Board Passes Resolution in Support of International and Undocumented Students

I write to follow up on my November 17 message about concerns related to potential implications President-elect Trump’s immigration policies might have for international students. Today, I would like to address concerns related to undocumented students specifically. The President-elect has made various statements concerning individuals who are in the United States without appropriate documentation, including […]

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Yesterday’s Election

Today, our sidewalks, subways, hallways, and workspaces are filled with reactions, interpretations, and raw emotion in response to yesterday’s historic election. There is a pervasive sense that our country is on the cusp of unprecedented change. Faculty, students, and staff at The New School are rapidly processing the events of the last 24 hours. We […]

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News and Reflections on the New Academic Year

Over the past two weeks, I have enjoyed welcoming new faculty and students, celebrating with you at the Block Party, and seeing our campus truly come alive again. It has been inspiring to be in conversation with our incoming class of 3,500 aspiring scholars, creatives, and change makers from across the United States and around […]

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Welcoming Maya Wiley to The New School

It is with great pleasure that I announce Maya Wiley will join The New School as the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and as the Senior Vice President for Social Justice. Maya will join the University on July 18, 2016. Maya […]

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Orlando Follow-Up Message

I want to follow up on the message I sent to all of you shortly after we learned of the horrible, hate crimes committed in Orlando early Sunday morning. I am grateful to the many faculty, staff, and students who reached out to me over the past few days to share their thoughts. A number […]

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The “Shared Capacities” of a New School Education

As part of The New School’s Strategic Plan, we set a goal to develop and articulate measurable university-wide learning capacities—the areas of knowledge and skills that all of our undergraduate students can expect to gain in order to be prepared for success after graduation. We are pleased to share a progress report on that goal. […]

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