Messages to the Community

What in the World is Compassionate Critique? We want yours!

A Message from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee 

Thank you to those who have joined the Steering Committee for Compassionate Critiques in the Strategic Planning Study. We have added virtual sessions and will continue to gather insights through the summer and the start of the fall semester. Please see the updated schedule below and let us know if you can join the conversation in the weeks and months ahead.

As part of every Compassionate Critique session, we invite all participants to share their reflections on the strategic pillars. This Miro collaboration space captures the notes, reflections, and resources that come out of each session and is updated on a regular basis. You can now access this space and participate asynchronously by adding your own reflections with a post-it, reaction, or comment. If you need support, please email us at  

Attached to this email is a visualization of the road ahead through Spring 2024 – please take a look. We are co-developing—as an entire New School Community—a set of strategic priorities that will inform the direction of the university for the next several years. The intent is that these community-generated priorities will guide the work of everyone—staff, students, and faculty for the next three to five years and will be used to inform decision-making and planning at all levels and in all colleges. 

Join us as we plan for the future: 

May 2
VIRTUAL: Compassionate Critique
11:00am – 1:00pm: Virtual Compassionate Critique 

May 4
2:30 – 4:30pm Strategic Planning @ The Administrative Hub
4:30 – 7:00pm Strategic Planning @ The New School Block Party

May 11
12:00 – 2:00pm Office Hours in the Study

May 22
VIRTUAL: Compassionate Critique (NEW)
3:30 – 5:00pm: Virtual Compassionate Critique 

May 24
VIRTUAL: Compassionate Critique (NEW) 
2:30 – 4:00pm: Virtual Compassionate Critique 

The concept of Compassionate Critique was born out of the desire by the Steering Committee to provide a space for reflection and dialogue as we collect information from as many people in our community as possible. Our objective is to take advantage of critique as the pedagogical approach used by many disciplines at The New School, and adapt it as a process that will be integral in seeking community input. These sessions are meant to capture all of the feedback our community has in an atmosphere that is compassionate and generative. 

We will continue these sessions through May and conduct a few more in the early part of the fall semester.

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