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Civic Engagement

At Gallatin, civic engagement refers to innovative and collaborative models of learning that reflect active participation in the communities outside our classrooms; the development of scholarship that is directly useful for practitioners, as well as other scholars; and a self-reflexive, critical analysis of ourselves and our place in civil society. We take a global perspective on civic engagement and encourage our students and faculty to explore the meaning of citizenship across national boundaries.

Students will find a number of opportunities at Gallatin to engage in community action, often through specially designed course work.


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The Urban Democracy Lab

The Urban Democracy Lab was established in January of 2014 with the aim of providing a space for scholars, students, and practitioners to collaborate and exchange ideas for cultivating just, sustainable, and creative urban futures.

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The Literacy Project

The Gallatin Writing Program’s Literacy Project expands on the Literacy in Action course (co-sponsored by the Community Learning Initiative), which educates and supervises student volunteers who tutor adults in reading and writing at several partner sites in New York City.

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Great World Texts

Great World Texts

Great World Texts is a collaboration between Gallatin Writing Program faculty, Gallatin undergraduates, and New York City public high school teachers and students. Each year students study a canonical work or contemporary classic.

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Community Learning Initiative - CLI

CLI courses bridge the gap between the classroom and the outside world by creating partnerships with community-based organizations, groups and individuals—as well as other NYU programs—in addressing real-world problems and devising and implementing practical solutions.

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The Prison Education Program - PEP

The Prison Education Program (PEP) at New York University is committed to providing access to higher education for people in prisons and jails.

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Gallatin Internships

Community-oriented internships can be arranged in all areas, including education, youth services, rehabilitation services, and the arts and social services. For more information, contact Director of External Programs Faith Stangler at 212-998-7376212-998-7376,