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Civic Engagement and Social Justice

  • At Lang, social justice is the ethical core of a liberal arts education. Students deepen their commitment to social justice both in and outside of seminar-style classes. In courses in which the city is the classroom, we partner with activists, artists, policymakers, and other community leaders across New York City to connect theory to practice. Many students in our social justice programs commit to creating change in their communities and beyond with the support of a dedicated community of peers, faculty, and staff.

    Civic engagement programs through CESJ

    Lang’s Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice (CESJ) is a hub that creates civic participation opportunities in which students can bridge their social justice passions and academic work and build community with others who are dedicated to leading social justice–centered lives. CESJ programs take the form of “learning communities,” composed of students, faculty, staff, and community partner organizations around New York City. Through our civic engagement programs, Lang students connect theoretical frameworks and the lived experience of working toward social justice and develop a practice of self-reflection. Current CESJ programs include:

    • The Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholars Program, a selective opportunity for students who demonstrate a significant commitment to civic participation and social justice before arriving at Lang. Over the four years of their Lang experience, Gural Scholars work closely in cohorts to develop community-based projects focused on social justice at the local, national, and international levels.
    • Year-Round Discretionary Funding (“Mini-Grants”) and Summer Internship Grants, which allocate financial resources to students’ professional learning, activist initiatives, creative projects, and other community-based activities that address themes and take action toward social justice.