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Our faculty director, Sujatha Jesudason and communications strategist and advisor, Shanelle Matthews are bringing the values of Social Movements + Innovation into the classroom. Check out the courses they’re teaching this academic year.

IMPACT ENTREPRENEURSHIP FELLOW

TAUGHT BY: SUJATHA JESUDASON

A keystone curricular offering of the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Fellowship Cohort course is designed to support a select cohort of 1st-year graduate students in developing the mindsets, skills, and relationships needed to create financially-sustainable ventures that address critical societal challenges and have the potential for scalable impact. In addition to its focus on leadership development, design research, and problem definition, the course will emphasize cohort-building among participants. The Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship is designed to attract and support high-potential leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to creating positive social impact through entrepreneurship. The Fellowship Cohort course will be taught by Sujatha Jesudason, Professor of Professional Practice, Schools of Public Engagement, with support from the Impact Entrepreneurship Team, which includes Michele Kahane and Elizabeth Werbe. Prerequisite: Students must have already been accepted to the Impact Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship at the time they begin their studies at The New School.

CRITICAL THEORY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CITY

TAUGHT BY: SHANELLE MATTHEWS

This foundation course provides first year Gural Scholars with an introduction to critical theory, social justice principles and the history of social justice in NYC with an emphasis on race, class, gender, sexuality, and power. Students develop a habit of critical and self-reflection on the questions that challenge society and develop an awareness of the multiple forms and interlocking nature of oppression. Through course readings, dialogue, guest speakers, excursions, and course assignments, students will deepen their understanding of creating and sustaining positive social change. Students will explore the interactions of social systems through Lang CESJ community partners throughout the year, and will develop a final project for public presentation in the spring semester.