Campus Conversations

I believe strongly in the importance of partnering with our community to shape the future of the institution we are working to build together. Listening and learning were a key part of my transition prior to formally becoming president of The Cooper Union, and I am continuing that process now that I have officially begun. To that end I invite all students, faculty and staff to participate in sharing ideas and concerns with me both publicly and in private. Below are engagement opportunities I have created to do that. Additionally, I will be working with  the CUAA to create opportunities for sharing ideas and concerns specifically with alumni. I encourage everyone to join in the process of moving The Cooper Union forward.

--Laura Sparks, president of The Cooper Union

Open Houses

Open Houses are intended to bring faculty, students and staff together in a casual setting to get to know one another and foster conversations across the institution. Sign up is not necessary. Open Houses will take place in the Office of the President located on the 7th Floor of the Foundation Building. Confirmed dates are listed below:

Tuesday, October 10 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, December 4 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 15 | 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

President's Office Hours

Throughout the 2017 - 2018 academic year, students, faculty and staff who wish to have a private conversation and share ideas with me are invited to attend President’s Office Hours. Dates and times are listed below for these personalized meetings. Office Hours take place in the Office of the President located on the 7th floor of the Foundation Building.

To sign up click on the date you would like to select below. When signing up please include your email address by your name. Dates are subject to change.

Friday, 9/29: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10/11: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/27: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/7: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/30: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, 12/11: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, 1/8: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/26: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, 2/12: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/28: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 3/9: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/20: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/5: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/26: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, 5/7: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/17: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Group Breakfast / Lunch Gatherings

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend small breakfast and lunch gatherings. These gatherings are intended to bring together individuals from different parts of the institution to share feedback and ideas about campus life, climate and culture over breakfast or lunch.

To sign up please list your name and email address and indicate your preference for breakfast or lunch time.

Round-table Discussions

Round-table Discussions will complement a collaborative strategic planning process that will affirm Cooper Union’s vision, mission and core values and engage the entire community to guide The Cooper Union’s next chapter. Each discussion focuses on a particular topic and will take place at the Stuyvesant Fish House. These sessions will take place between March and April.See below for specific topic dates and times.

Topics include:

  • What is the impact of Cooper Union in New York and beyond?
  • Why be tuition free?
  • What values, attributes and culture define The Cooper Union?
  • How is “merit” defined at The Cooper Union?
  • Who is Cooper Union seeking to serve?

Sign up here. Please include your name and email address. In order to ensure the greatest participation we ask that you do not sign up for more than one round-table discussion. If you are unable to sign up for the round-table of your choice you may sign up for the wait list.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.