Alumni in the News: Ferney Giraldo GPIA ’14 receives Franklin H. Williams Award

FerneyOriginally from Colombia, Ferney Giraldo has spent over 10 years working in youth and family advocacy and community outreach, both in the U.S. and abroad.

From 2008–10, Giraldo served as a Youth and Community Development Volunteer in Guatemala. He worked closely with the local Mayan K’iche community, facilitating life skills education and HIV/AIDS awareness workshops for students, teachers, and community leaders. With the help of a local cooperative, Giraldo also initiated a summer sports and skill-building camp for Mayan youth. Additionally, he worked with the Ministry of Education to implement youth leadership retreats and design life-skills curricula.

The Franklin H. Williams Award recognizes ethnically diverse returned Peace Corps Volunteers who exemplify a commitment to community service and Peace Corps’ Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Giraldo continues to work in youth development, now for the Human Resources Department of the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx. Here, he is involved with the Future Leaders and the Future Conservationists programs, mentoring and teaching underserved Bronx youth in work readiness, life skills, college preparation, and international service learning.

Giraldo has connected his students with returned Peace Corps Volunteers, to share their experiences, and with students in Cameroon through the World Wise Schools initiative. Giraldo is a recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship at Milano, with an anticipated graduation in fall 2014.


Professor L.H.M. Ling Introduces ‘An Evening on The Silk Road': A June 2015 Summer Short Course

“An Evening on The Silk Road,” part of the New School’s ongoing Silk Road Research Initiative, uses food ‘as the main venue for understanding how people thought, acted, behaved and related to one another on The Silk Road.’ The June 2015 short course is open to the general population, not for credit and not part of any degree offering.





England is Paradise? The Meaning and Making of English Football 1985-2014

Watch the November 19th Media and Culture Concentration event that welcomed David Goldbatt to discuss his newly released book The Games of Our Lives, a masterly portrait of contemporary Britain through the lens of soccer.








Professor Jeff Smith Discusses Topics from his E-Book ‘Ferguson in Black and White’

Urban Policy Professor Jeff Smith has been a vocal expert in the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown, the Grand Jury decision not to indict the police officer involved in the shooting, and the tensions of racial and class inequality simmering and boiling over in St. Louis and other cities across the U.S.  On December 2nd, Jeff Smith discussed his new E-book “Ferguson in Black and White”, with a brief commentary from Justyn Richardson, Treasurer of New Black School and Milano Urban Policy student.  The discussion is an example of the importance of creating a space where members of The New School community and the larger New York City community can come together to speak about and better understand these issues.



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