Focus Areas

Environmental Justice and Public Health

Students at Lang interested in environmental justice and public health can pursue learning through traditional academic routes by taking coursework or majoring in Interdisciplinary Science (IS) at Lang, or Environmental Studies (university-wide department). Each of these programs offers a range of disciplinary entry points for deepening your critical understanding of concepts, methods, and knowledge relating to environmental justice and public health. IS’s department blog contains a wide range of opportunities and information.

Additionally, the university-wide Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) leads a range of projects and opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to work together toward environmental justice and planetary health, with a commitment to interdisciplinary social justice. TEDC also oversees campus sustainability initiatives on campus.

Beyond resources here at The New School, you can approach and build your learning and practice as a health and environmental justice activist through working with organizations and movements across New York and beyond.

Co-curricular groups

Student Health Services’ Wellness and Health Promotion office partners frequently with public health and justice organizations around New York City to bring visibility and share opportunities for involvement.

  • Peer Health Advocates - Leadership and training program for students to become health educators and social justice organizers on campus
  • Events and Counseling Groups - Weekly and monthly events offer everything from harm reduction support groups, to free HIV testing, to reiki circles. Peer Health Advocates can become trained to administer and lead these groups.

Community engagement

Many organizations in New York City focus on environmental and health justice needs. Some of these organizations have partnered with Lang students and faculty:



The Interdisciplinary Science blog includes a long list with information about Lang alumni working in a wide range of environmental, health, and other science-related fields, and who are interested in connecting with current Lang studies to share perspectives.

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