Launched in 2017, The New School's Activist-in-Residence position seeks to bridge the gap between practice-based social justice work in communities and the rigorous research that takes place at university. In an effort to create more collaborative pathways for the vital work of effective social change, the Activist-in-Residence at New School is provided with space to reflect on their own practice and encouraged to research, write, and create works with the intellectual support and resources present at the university.

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College exchanges

College exchanges: Spelman College

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman College, a historically Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Spelman, a Lang partner, empowers the whole person to engage with the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change. You can go for a semester or academic year, and take your federal and institutional aid with you! Open to juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Debate Team

Founded in 2003 by a freshman who wanted to build community at Lang, the New School Debate Team currently ranks 27th in the nation in college competitions, ahead of Dartmouth, USC, and NYU. Debating engages students in the full range of intellectual and policy arguments on select issues of current public interest. It brings New School students as ambassadors to universities and other venues in the city, the country, and the world. Every semester, a workshop course in debate is offered for any New School student interested in joining the team. Students can also volunteer to coach in the citywide Urban Debate League, a consortium of debating teams in New York City public high schools. For more information, contact Debate Team coach Vik Keenan at

2016-2017 Debate Team Summary: The New School

Team Numbers


8 members traveled total, 3 traveled to 2 or more tournaments

Tournaments Attended: 6

Awards: West Point Tournament, 1 win from awards at Spring tournaments

Retention: 2 of 3 retained members graduated, 1 did not have time with senior



4 members total, 3 traveled to 2 or more tournaments

Tournaments Attended: 6, 1 cancellation

Awards: Rochester Tournament, Regional Championships, National Debate

Scholar at National Championships, Gotham & Cornell Speaker Awards

Retention: 2 graduates, 1 student did not continue at TNS for financial reasons,

1 returning for the next season


12 members total, 9 traveled to 2 or more tournaments

Tournaments Attended: 10, 1 cancellation

Awards: See below

Retention: 1 graduate, 1 transfer (academic discipline), 1 discontinue for time, 6

returning for the next season

2017-2018 Projections:

Tournaments: 10

Recruitment: 2-4 novice debaters, up to 2 experienced debaters

Total Team: 8-12

2016-2017 Awards

In the 2016-2017 season, New School Debate won awards at every tournament attended that teams were not making their debut. Of the 9 team members traveling during the season, 6 debaters won awards individually.

West Point: Novice Octofinalists (Sweet 16), including advancement past Double Octo Round

Monmouth: JV Quarterfinalists

Southwestern: Novice Octofinalist (Sweet 16), Novice speaker awards (7th, 5th)

Cornell: Novice Octofinalist, JV Quarterfinalist (walked over by teammates), JV Semifinalist, JV

speaker awards (9th, 8th)

Regional Championships: Novice Quarterfinalist, Novice speaker award (3rd)

National Championships: Novice National Semifinalists (top four new team in the nation)

2017-2018 Awards

After hosting the incredibly successful Gotham Debates on campus two weeks ago, New School Debate returned this weekend from debating in the Northeast Regional Championships at Binghamton University. NS DB8 traveled 4 teams of debaters to compete in the Junior Varsity Championship, our largest entry in an advanced division in several years, which is a testament to our growing program and the growing experience of the debaters. Our numbers also included a brand new debater recruited from hosting our own tournament 2 weeks ago, who chose to debate up in JV to learn more about the activity. Despite being the single newest person in the entire division, she outspoke several other debaters in a few rounds, and posted her first tournament win on Sunday.

The other 3 JV teams all found themselves going into "break rounds" for Sunday morning - this is a preliminary debate that would allow the team to advance into award (elimination) rounds if they won. This is the first time all season we have had all of our experienced debaters on this cusp at the same time, and shows tremendous competitive progress, particularly during the Reigonal Championships. 2 of the 3 teams had close losses to Cornell and did not advance, but the third team won their debate against the home school and advanced to awards. Victoria Lam (Lang '20) received an Octofinalist award for the Regional Championship and narrowly missed an individual speaker by less than half a point (with teammate Grace Song, Lang '18, only half a point behind that).

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Ethnicity and Race

All Lang students can take designated courses in Ethnicity and Race to supplement their major course of study. Those majoring in Liberal Arts (BA or BS, Liberal Arts) can explore Ethnicity and Race as a guided area of study; all others can elect to minor in Ethnicity and Race.

Rigorously examine the role of race and ethnicity in academic, artistic, and political discourse in the United States and around the world. The interdisciplinary minor in Ethnicity and Race draws on humanities and social sciences courses offered across the university that explore how the categories of ethnicity and race are constructed, maintained, and challenged.

You’ll be immersed in not only the theoretical foundations of critical race and ethnicity studies, but also its applied dimensions, examining how the issues of ethnicity and race play out in daily life. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge to engage in conscientious and effective social change, learning to

  • Think critically and communicate about the categories of ethnicity and race and how they operate at individual, institutional, national, and global levels
  • Assess the intersections of ethnicity and race, class, gender, sexuality, and other social categories
  • Identify relationships between the constructions of ethnicity and race, privilege, and power
  • Analyze a variety of materials and media, including texts, art, and music

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot minor in Ethnicity and Race; however, they can pursue deeper study in this subject area as part of their self-designed major.

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