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Dorit Avganim

Is Democratic Participation a Luxury?

by Dorit Avganim Staring down the gauntlet of the next few years under Trump, I’ve been reflecting on the last time I felt this out of place in my own country. On 9/11, I was 21, Bush was in power, and the country was setting itself up for the long war in Iraq. In response, ...
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Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia Martinez joins Milano Faculty

Cecilia Martinez has joined the Milano faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Dr. Martinez holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Energy Planning from the University of Delaware, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from New Mexico State University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. She is a recognized ...
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Money Stories 2.0

Participate in a research project with professor Lisa Servon, designed to get a better understanding of the ways people manage their finances. We've been collecting stories about consumers' experiences with financial products and services. Check out our tumblr for a sample of what we've heard. Here's how you can help! Share your story and get ...
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Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators exhibited in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in Manhattan

Dinner of the Dictators: SGPIA-inspired Audio accompanies Roxy Paine’s Installation in New Parsons/Lang Exhibition

by Kaitlyn Lynes Parsons School of Design and the Food Studies program at Eugene Lang College are currently running a joint exhibition in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries through early January 2017. As a response to Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators, an art piece centered around the meals of twelve infamous dictators, the ...
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SGPIA alum Jerry Rengel, recently named among Huffington Post's 40 under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy

“Dare Mighty Things” – A Conversation with Alum Jerry Rengel

Jerry Rengel is a first generation Ecuadorian American who was recently named among Huffington Post’s “40 under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy”. He graduated in 2014 from the SGPIA at The New School, and now works as a media relations specialist for NASA. Jerry agreed to an interview detailing his unconventional career path and success, ...
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Professor L.H.M. Ling

Professor L.H.M. Ling is “re-thinking borders” in her new book.

For the majority of the world, international politics is seen through a Western/ Westphalian framework. Most would not be able to explain what that means, but have an intrinsic understanding of the world using the “West” as a reference point and countries – or nation-states – as the primary way to identify themselves and relate ...
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New School Faculty Members Confront Environmental Injustices

Michelle DePass, Mindy Fullilove, Mia White, Maya Wiley, and Ana Baptista spoke about environmental justice on a recent panel hosted by the Tishman Environment and Design Center. In 1991, 300 activists gathered at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, with the goal of redefining environmental issues to reflect social, ...
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EVENT: Fighting for Social Justice in Latin America

The New School Observatory on Latin America (OLA) and Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) will host the President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship (PNK) Public Lectures on November 15, 2016 at The New School. The annual public lecture will be given by the 2016/2017 President Néstor Kirchner Fellows Isabella Esquivel Ventura (Mexico) and Sergio Miranda Hayes ...
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SGPIA student Melissa De La Cruz in Quito, Ecuador for the Habitat III Conference in October 206

A Student Perspective of the Habitat III Conference

Melissa De La Cruz is in her final year of the SGPIA program, concentrating in cities and urban justice. She was one of the 15 students from 12 different countries included in the delegation representing The New School (TNS) at Habitat III – the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. She has recently ...
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Professor Darrick Hamilton and Milano PhD Student Rachel Atkins report on “Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital”

Professor Darrick Hamilton and Milano PhD Student Rachel Atkins, along with Kilolo Kijakazi, Mark Paul, Anne E. Price and William A. Darity Jr, co-authored a report on the "Color of Wealth in the Nation's Capital" that explores the historical wealth gap between black and white residents in the region of Washington, D.C. The report is ...
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The New School Delegation of Students and Faculty Participate in Habitat III Conference

The New School has sent a delegation of students and faculty to participate at Habitat III - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador from October 17 to 20, 2016. This conference is the 3rd conference organized by the UN on this subject, the last one being in June ...
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2017 IFP & UNSS Applications Open

https://vimeo.com/68694147 Since its inaugural class in 2002, over 900 students have participated in the signature International Field Program (IFP) of SGPIA. Designed to extend learning beyond the classroom, the IFP gives students first-hand field exposure to a wide range of perspectives and ideas through a combination of field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects ...
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Alumna Donna Maione at the July Milano Alumni Ambassadors Retreat

Milano Alumni Ambassador Spotlight: Donna Maione (OCM ’15)

Alumna Donna Maione (OCM '15) has been a Milano Alumni Ambassador since she graduated. Donna is a Change Management Consultant focused on sustainability, closed loop design, and the circular economy with more than 20 years developing and designing creative process improvements in the apparel sector as well as designing clothing for national brands. In her ...
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Sakiko Fukuda-Parr displays her APSA Best Book in Human Rights Award

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Awarded Best Book in Human Rights by APSA

SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has been working on human rights and development for over thirty years. She was recently awarded the 2016 Best Book in Human Rights by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her book Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (2015, Oxford University Press, co-authored with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph). In their ...
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Milano Professor Alex Schwartz at the New York Housing Conference

Milano Professor Alex Schwartz will be moderating a discussion on preserving public housing at the NYHC Policy Symposium: Affordable Housing Strategies to Help Preserve Public Housing. The symposium is sponsored by the New York Housing Conference and will have the participation of a variety of Public Policy experts. The discussion moderated by Professor Schwartz will ...
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From Left to Right: Elyse Greenblatt, Katarzyna Wróbel & Monica Llaguno - Three of four students whose final SGPIA research project (PIA) contributed to the unanimous passage of a new law to increase access to feminine hygiene products to prison inmates, high school girls and homeless women across New York City. The law was signed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on July 13, 2016.

SGPIA Students Contribute to Passage of Historic NYC Law

On July 13 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill increasing access to menstrual hygiene products (MHP) for women and girls in schools, homeless shelters and prisons. Amongst those celebrating the passage of the law were Dafne Regenhardt, Elyse Greenblatt, Katarzyna (Kat) Wróbel and Monica Llaguno, a group of ...
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Annie Bickerton (NPM ’14) Implementing and Scaling Social Change

When Annie joined Milano’s Nonprofit Management program she found a community that helped her to identity her strengths as a change agent. As a student, Annie’s Drive Change project was a winner of the New School’s 2013 New Challenge idea competition. Today, she continues to drive social change at MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and ...
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Beatrice Mauger is the Associate Director of Equity for Children and a graduate of the Julien Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School.

SGPIA Alum Beatrice Mauger Discusses Equity for Children’s Recent Publications

Equity for Children (EFC), an advocacy and social change initiative of SGPIA that focuses on the rights and wellbeing of children, recently had two research papers published in internationally recognized journals. The Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy published "Assessing Sustainable Development Goals from the standpoint of equity for children", a paper co-authored by ...
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The Argentina IFP team at the ACIJ office prior to a  mapping event. Students helped residents map out the neighborhood with GPS coordinates, in order to facilitate GIS programming prior to presentation to Google Maps. Photo Credit: Natalia Gutierrez

International Field Program 2016: Updates from Argentina and Ethiopia

Read Part 1 of the IFP 2016 updates: "2016 International Field Program: Updates from South Africa and Cuba". The 2016 International Field Program (IFP) offers students an opportunity to engage with local organizations and communities in six countries around the world: South Africa, Cuba, Colombia, the Balkans, Argentina and Ethiopia. In Argentina and Ethiopia, students ...
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Equity for Children Publishes Two Articles

Equity for Children is an impact driven advocacy and social change initiative at Milano focused on children’s rights and wellbeing. Below are two recently published articles written by the Equity for Children team."Assessing Sustainable Development Goals from the standpoint of equity for children," co-authored by Alberto Minujin, SGPIA Faculty and Mildred Ferrer, SGPIA alumna, was ...
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