The Parsons First Year Program serves all entering BFA and BBA students at Parsons. It is a year of exploration and interdisciplinary discovery that prepares students to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing world. In the program, students become resilient and proficient makers, grounded in methods of systems thinking and problem solving that they can apply to their main area of study and future endeavors.
As a year of exploration for all incoming Parsons students, the First Year Program promotes student-forward learning and inclusive pedagogy. The First Year Program seeks candidates with the ability to work with diverse students and colleagues; success in creating inclusive classrooms; and experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with traditionally underrepresented students through teaching, mentoring, or administration are encouraged to apply. We have a strong commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice, and are especially interested in applicants who are from backgrounds and experiences that are underrepresented in higher education, and the fields of art and design.
The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
***In your Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, detail your experiences working with traditionally underrepresented students through teaching, mentoring, or administration. Describe your commitments to diversity and approaches to dynamics and issues of power within your pedagogy. Please be sure to include examples and/or evidence of this work in your short statement, as this is critical to the committee's assessment of your experience.
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