The New School Collaboratory, a university-wide initiative, provides diverse ways for our extended community of learners, scholars and practitioners to share, explore and create knowledge through public scholarship and socially engaged learning. Symposia, workshops, action-research, and this online platform provide contexts to enrich collaborations among faculty, students, and our community and organizational partners as they work to create a more just, resilient and equitable society.

The New School has a rich history and reputation as a higher education institution committed to supporting the engagement of students and scholars in thinking about and enacting positive social change through public scholarship and engaged learning. These terms are defined below.

Socially Engaged Learning

A central aspect of the vision of The New School is to orient students’ academic experiences to help them become critically engaged citizens, dedicated to solving problems and contributing to the public good. One way we achieve this is through collaborative, project-based learning that is directly engaged with real-world issues.  Socially engaged learning involves the collaboration of students and faculty with communities, organizations, and institutions in the co-production of knowledge and understanding of the world.


Public Scholarship and Practice

Public scholarship is scholarly or creative or professional practice  that joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence.  It entails diverse modes of creating and circulating knowledge for and with publics and communities. Public scholarship is characterized by the dissemination of work that is both rigorous and accessible to audiences beyond the academy, such as through performance, exhibits, media production, lectures, radio and television broadcast, web development, publication in popular venues, and client-based research.  It may also involve the creation and running of organizations which seek to engage diverse publics in addressing a wide-range of issues.

Contact Us

The Schools of Public Engagement (SPE) hosts the Collaboratory. Please feel free to contact us here.

The Team

Past Collaborators

Advisory Group