Social Change at the New School

The New School, headquartered in New York City, offers courses, programs, workshops, and events related to social change and transforming communities through creative arts. Its Mission and Vision follow.


The New School prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, and thus make the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills a sound liberal arts education provides, and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.


We are and will be a university where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, such as democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, sustainability, migration, and globalization. We will be the preeminent intellectual and creative center for effective engagement in a world that increasingly demands better-designed objects, communication, systems, and organizations to meet social needs.

Our vision aligns with shifts in the global economy, society, and environment, which animate our mission and our values:

  • Creativity, innovation, and a desire to challenge the status quo, both in what and how we teach and in the intellectual ambitions of the School itself
  • Social engagement, orienting students' academic experience to help them become critically engaged citizens dedicated to solving problems and contributing to the public good. [1]

The courses and programs The New School offers are reflective of its Mission and Vision Statements. For details see the following:
Transforming Community Through the Arts
Arts, Spirituality, and Healing Project
Hour Children After School Empowerment Program Project
Make the Road New York Art and Action Project
Polaris Project Transformational Human Trafficking Theater-p
Creating a Wiki

The New School offers a variety of opportunities and resources outside of coursework for expanding our consciousness regarding social change. Here are just a few:
New School Free Press
Theater of the Oppressed
New School Online Listings of Events

1. Mission and Vision. (2013). Retrieved October 24, 2013, from The New School
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