Intersectional Justice Program - 2020 Orientation

As part of the Fall 2020 Orientation, the Office of Student Affairs and Associate Dean of HSS Nada Ayad co-organized a reading and discussion series to welcome new students into the Cooper community. Open only to incoming students, and taking place during the last week of August, the 90-minute reading and discussions, taught by different instructors, allow for deep engagement with a critical text in an intimate group setting. 

  • 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.