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  • Admission Events

    Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Information Session Webinar
    Thursday, October 10, 12:00 PM

    Creative Writing Chapbook Reading and Information Session
    Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 PM

    Public and Urban Policy MS Information Session Webinar
    Thursday, October 17, 1:30 PM

    International Affairs MS/MA Information Session Webinar
    Friday, October 18, 12:30 PM

    Graduate Open House
    Monday, October 23, 6:00 PM

    Media Studies and Media Management Facebook Live
    Monday, October 25, 1:30 PM

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    Admission Contact
    Gabriela Garcia Juarez 
    79 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10011  
    Phone: 212.229.5600 x1666 
    Fax: 212.627.2695

    Program Contact
    Suzanne Bostwick
    72 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5400 Ext. 1601

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  • Urban Policy Lab

    The Urban Policy Lab is Milano’s oldest and largest client-centered course. Students in the lab work in teams to advise clients in government and the nonprofit sector on pressing policy and management issues. Working under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, students research the issue, identify possible solutions, and analyze them. The students present their recommendations to the client in a formal briefing and then submit a written report incorporating client feedback.

    This is a core requirement for the Public and Urban Policy MS degree. Students from other programs are also welcome to participate in the Urban Policy Lab. While Public and Urban Policy MS students work on two projects in the lab and earn six credits, students from other programs have the option of participating in a single client project, earning three credits. With the three-credit option, students work on their client project during the first half of the course.

    Urban Policy Lab is offered in the spring semester only. The prerequisite is Policy Analysis, a course in which students build critical decision-making skills through case-based analytical exercises.

    Policy Lab Clients 

    Lab clients include a wide array of public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

    Recent public-sector clients include the New York City Administration for Children’s Services; the New York City Departments of Administrative Services, Corrections, Education, Environmental Protection, Health and Mental Hygiene, Housing Preservation and Development, Parks and Recreation, and Probation; the Mayor’s Office for Criminal Justice, the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, and the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs; the New York City Housing Authority; and several members of the New York City Council, including the Council speaker.

    Recent nonprofit clients include the Association for Housing and Neighborhood Development, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp., Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Center for Court Innovation, Hunger Free America, Nature Conservancy, New York Immigration Coalition, Safe Horizon, and United Neighborhood Houses. 

    See lists of recent Lab projects by year:

    Policy Lab Stories

    The Urban Policy Lab recently worked with the New York Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) to identify how MOIA can improve its workflow and better serve the city's growing immigrant population. Several external and internal publications have featured articles about the Urban Policy Lab, including a description of a collaboration with Parsons School of Design; an article about a lab project that inspired a law promoting locally grown food; and an article by Professor Rachel Meltzer about the Public and Urban Policy program's client-based curriculum.

    Client Voices

    NYC Administration for Children's Services

    "The Community Based Strategies team at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services leads the design and strategy for a continuum of over 200 social services programs that serve over 20,000 families a year with the goal of promoting family strengths and preventing child maltreatment. Over the past several years we have been fortunate to partner with Milano’s Urban Policy Lab on child welfare issues and initiatives to build strong families and strong communities. Every student team that we’ve worked with has brought a high level of expertise in policy analysis and strategic thinking, all through a lens of equity and social justice. Not only have we been able to implement the student team’s recommendations and analysis, we have also hired outstanding past students and have seen a lasting impact on our practice and policy. I am grateful to the Urban Policy Lab for their dedication, persistence, and commitment to this important work!"

    Kailey Burger
    Assistant Commissioner, Community Based Strategies
    Division of Prevention Services

    Community Environmental Center

    "CEC has worked closely with Milano's Urban Policy Lab over the last decade, and we have been consistently impressed with the quality of the students' research, analysis, and formal presentations. From a project to mitigate the presence of reusable building materials in NYC's waste stream to our most recent project, which involves sustainable reconstruction in Hurricane Sandy's wake, CEC has consistently received incisive analysis and actionable recommendations from Milano students. CEC currently employs two graduates from Milano's Urban Policy program, and it is gratifying how often we get to work with other graduates we know who are employed by organizations in the sustainability sector. I recommend participating in the Lab to any non-profit or governmental agency that might appreciate a fresh perspective on any challenges or opportunities they face."

    Richard M. Cherry
    President and CEO

    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

    "MillionTreesNYC was impressed by the New School team’s high level of professionalism, dedication, and enthusiasm for the project. The team offered insightful analysis of the issue and new opportunities to explore, while always being thoughtful about our needs and concerns. They helped us see things in a new light and helped us to improve our messaging. It was a pleasure to work with the New School team, and we look forward to implementing their proposal to engage more schools in the MillionTreesNYC initiative."

    Morgan Monaco
    Director, MillionTrees NYC

    NYC Department of Probation

    "The Department of Probation was very impressed with the high quality work done by the Milano students who helped us think through options for developing and implementing staff and client feedback surveys. Not only did they do a thorough review of current practices in the field; we also used their recommendations as the foundation for our own planning process."

    Vincent N. Schiraldi

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