SGPIA Professor Alberto Minujin presents on “Disadvantaged Children and Equity: Missing from the MDGs – What about the SDGs?” at the World Social Science Forum in South Africa

Minujin PhotoSGPIA Professor Alberto Minujin presented and participated in a panel discussion on the topic of “Global Justice and Poverty in the Transformation of the MDGs into SDGs” on September 14th at the World Social Science Forum in Durban, South Africa. In his presentation, Minujin made recommendations on how the Sustainable Development Goals can ensure a greater focus on equity for children.

Professor Minujin teaches “Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality” and “Evaluating Development Impact” at the Milano School in the Spring semester. He also runs the International Summer Field Program (IFP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the Executive Director of Equity for Children, an impact driven advocacy and social change initiative at the Milano School focused on children’s rights and well-being.


Climate Citizen Guide: A Call To Action

Hello #ClimateCitizens!

I hope your school year is off to a great start.

By now, you may have seen the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) Climate Citizen Guide, issuing a call to action for New School students to use their strengths in design, policy and social justice to take on climate change. The guide features our Fall 2015 events and highlights sustainability courses taught throughout the University. Many of these courses are taught by TEDC affiliated faculty members. TEDC distributed the guide to hundreds of students during orientation week and hosted several gatherings for students and faculty to come together. 

Perhaps our greatest accomplishment this summer was bringing on our full-time TEDC Sustainability Associate, Molly Craft Johnson. Molly joins us with years of experience on sustainability issues and a passion for leveraging sustainability to advance social good. Molly’s work was specifically integral to the success of last year’s Climate Action Work, and her varied experiences, including her most recent role as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, brings a special skill set to the center. Plus, she’s an alumna! She holds an MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management for the Milano School of International Affairs, Urban Policy and Management.

Molly joins our team of faculty, staff and research assistants, including Rebecca Fuger, our new Communications and Partnerships Associate. Rebecca has hit the ground running with a special focus on building out an interactive blog to debut this Fall. We’re also still adding to our team–please distribute the Operations and Grants Administration Associate posting to your networks! Please feel free to start reaching out to Molly at or Rebecca at to introduce yourself or get more information about our work. 










The Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) plays a huge role in The New School’s environmental philosophy by integrating bold design, policy and social justice approaches to environmental issues in order to advance just and sustainable outcomes in the context of diverse community participation. To learn more about TEDC, check out their page on The New School website. 

Colombia International Field Program Continues History of Building Beneficial Community Partnerships

  The International Field Program (IFP) is The Milano School’s practicum program abroad that provides students the opportunity for hands-on learning through degree related projects. According to Chris London, Professor of Practice at The New School and Colombia IFP director, ‘the IFP isn’t just a summer study, it’s an integral component of both the learning experience in Milano and in the broader civic/public engagement mission of Milano and The New School.’ Among IFP countries Colombia has been particularly successful – it was featured in a 2014 short documentary highlighting the breadth and depth of what students do there (left) – and has attracted many dedicated students who have continued their work beyond the two-month IFP; some have received awards, delivered reports or even returned to Colombia.

The short documentary above features IFP Colombia students and the projetcs they have worked on (2014).



Click below to learn more about the history of the program and read an interview with Annie Stup, 2015 Colombia IFP participant.

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Live Stream: Mr. Smith Goes to Prison Book Launch

Mr. Smith Goes to PrisonTonight from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Milano will be hosting New School urban policy professor Jeff Smith as he launches his new book Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis at the Theresa Lang center in Arnhold Hall (55 West 13th Street.) Following a brief reading from the book by Smith himself, author Touré will moderate a discussion about criminal justice reform with Professor Jeff Smith, Soffiyah Elijah (Executive Director of Correctional Association of New York), Dr. Carla Shedd (Columbia University sociologist), and Melissa Mark Viverito (New York City Council Speaker).

Those who cannot attend can live-stream it here!

*This event is co-sponsored by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, the Center for New York City Affairs, and Humanities Action Lab.


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