Intensive Semester in Yonkers

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The Intensive Semester in Yonkers is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Through classroom experience and work with local agencies, this interdisciplinary, 15-credit, semester-long program allows students to explore some of the social, historical, economic, and environmental issues that face contemporary urban America.

Based in Yonkers (in close proximity to the Sarah Lawrence campus), this program provides students with the extraordinary opportunity to work with and learn from faculty members and professionals who have been working on key local issues over an extended period of time.

Community-based internships are an integral component of the program, which will address a broad range of urban issues affecting much of the country, including:

  • The social geography of inequality
  • Segregation and urban race relations
  • Environmental and educational inequalities
  • Urban economic development

2017 Intensive Semester

The theme for the fall 2017 Intensive Semester is "Performing Identity, Performing Justice: Media and Movement and Opportunities for Action in Yonkers.” Faculty members from four disciplines (psychology, global studies, dance, and theatre) will lead the program.

This interdisciplinary semester-long program (18 credits) provides students with the chance to explore in-depth some of the social, historical, economic, and environmental issues that face contemporary urban America while they also explore, through working in local agencies, opportunities to meet these challenges. A major emphasis of the term will be to focus on the influence of digital media and performance on identity development, particularly with young people.

Yonkers, the fourth largest city in one of the most populous states in the country, provides students an extraordinary opportunity in close proximity to Sarah Lawrence’s campus to learn about a broad range of urban issues affecting much of the country, including the social geography of inequality, segregation and urban race relations, environmental and educational inequalities, and urban economic development. Students will work with and learn from faculty members and professionals who have been thinking about and addressing key local issues over an extended period of time and who have engaged in performance and media as a means of expression and identity. The Intensive Semester in Yonkers is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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