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 through the  below engagement opportunities and others that will arise throughout the year. 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

President's Office Hours

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 for the fall 2018 semester. 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.

Monday October 29 11:30AM-12:30PM
Tuesday, November 6 3:00-4:00PM
Monday November 26 11:00AM-12:00PM


Strategic Planning Feedback

President Sparks has organized multiple opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to provide their insightful feedback on the strategic planning process Cooper is currently undertaking. 

Staff: Thursday, November 1 at 12PM I 7th Floor Lobby, Foundation Building
Alumni: Thursday, November 1 at 6PM I Room 215, Foundation Building
All Faculty: Wednesday, November 7 at 6PM I Stuyvesant Fish House, 21 Stuyvesant Street


  • 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.