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  • Community Engagement and Events

  • In this space, we share a snapshot of some of President McBride's activities in and around the New School community. 

    Spring 2021

    Below are highlights of President McBride's activities at and beyond The New School. 
    Last updated February 18, 2021.

    Across the New School

    At the start of the semester, President McBride greeted our newest students in this welcome video.

    Early in the semester, he is slated to attend meetings with the Student, Faculty, and Staff Senates. These meetings are opportunities for him to hear from the senates about their priorities for the spring semester and to be in conversation about university planning. President McBride also attended a meeting with the university's Senior Staff, a group of nearly 200 leaders who manage teams, departments, and services. That meeting focused on university academic planning, finances, and COVID-19 response, including plans to reopen the campus in fall 2021.

    As a way to be in regular conversation with faculty, President McBride is hosting a series of small, informal conversations with full-time faculty exploring common themes and interests. On February 11, he hosted a gathering of faculty from underrepresented minority groups. Later in the semester, he will host groups interested in discussing art and performance, The New School's relationship to New York City, and climate change.

    President McBride also attended presentations by faculty and staff from each of Parsons' five schools. These sessions provided a valuable opportunity for him to learn more about the programs, research, and creative work happening in each of the schools.

    Public Programs and Events

    On February 17, President McBride welcomed guests to a dialogue with the incomparable poet Nikki Giovanni. 

    On February 25, he welcomed audiences to the first event in a Social Research/Center for Public Scholarship series on post-Trump America. Watch that program here.

    In the Press

    President McBride was featured on WCBS-TV news feature for Black History Month. Watch that clip here. 

    He was interviewed by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

    He was interviewed by The New School's student-run radio station, WNSR. Listen to the interview.

    Beyond the University

    President McBride continues to engage with our elected officials. On January 14, he met with Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and on February 4, he met with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.

    President McBride's engagement beyond the campus included ongoing conversations with leaders of higher education nationally and internationally. He joined several meetings of New York City university presidents to discuss issues related to COVID-19 relief funding for higher education institutions. On January 15, President McBride attended his first meeting as a member of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. On February 9, he met virtually with President Li Qingquan of Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China. President Li and Shenzhen University have been ongoing partners with The New School. Through this partnership, Shenzhen University hosted Chinese students who were unable to travel to New York City this year because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. On March 3, President McBride attended a meeting of presidents who are part of the Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York. 

    On January 15, he met with Clare Newman, president and CEO of the Trust for Governor's Island, to discuss the plans for a Center for Climate Solutions on Governor's Island.

    President McBride is a co-founder of the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI), an organization that works to develop future leaders of color for higher education. On February 26, ALI presented a webinar titled Budget: Foe or Friend When Advancing a Diversity Agenda.

    On March 3, President McBride served as a panelist at a forum hosted by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), "Forward-Looking Philanthropy: A Virtual Conversation Among Funders and Black Scholars." 

    On April 9, President McBride participated in "Public Humanities and the Future of the Democratic Commons," an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded conference organized by Hunter College.  



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