Orientation Update - Monday, August, 27, 2020


We're just one week away from the start of classes! 

I know that some of you are currently living in the residence hall under quarantine, others are in their apartments throughout NYC,  but most are preparing to study with us at home. Regardless of where you are, we are excited to have you start studying with us! 

This will be a busy week as you prepare for the start of your classes. We'll send an update each morning this week as a reminder of the Orientation activities taking place that day. 

As a reminder, the Orientation Schedule is always available online via this link: 


Please review the schedule for this coming week and note sessions, meetings, etc. that are relevant to you. Please know that while some Orientation sessions are being recorded, many of the sessions this week are discussion based and involve smaller group interactions. These sessions will not be recorded. 

Some specific items to draw your attention to: 

Intersectional Justice Reading Discussion Groups 

Throughout this week, the small group Intersectional Justice Reading Discussion Groups will be meeting. You should have received an email directly from your instructor with the details of your specific group. The groups are listed on the Orientation Schedule by instructor for your reference. Please know that you will only be participating in one group. If you do not yet have a group or have not heard from your instructor, please email Assistant Dean Nada Ayad at nada.ayad@cooper.edu. The first group, led by Professor Menon, is scheduled to meet today at 4PM (EST). Because these are small group discussions, these sessions will not be recorded. 

Center for Writing Workshop 

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2PM we will be having a workshop with our Center for Writing. You'll receive a separate email later today with additional details about this session. Our Center for Writing is an in valuable resource and this session will help you learn more about their services and opportunities for support. Questions about the Center for Writing should be sent to the Director for the Center, Kit Nicholls, at kit.nicholls@cooper.edu

Students With Medical and Disability Accommodations

Some students have requested academic accommodations as a result of a documented medical condition or disability. Students will receive an official accommodation letter by the end of this week. The email you receive and the official letter will provide you with all of the details you'll need to engage with your professors about your needs. In advance of receiving your official letter later this week, you should review general information on student accommodations here.  Accommodation letters will be sent to you directly from Dean Chamberlin (christopher.chamberlin@cooper.edu). 

As noted above, we'll send an update each morning with the calendar of Orientation activities for that day so please check your Cooper Union email regularly to ensure you have the most updated and accurate information. 

Have a great week! We are so excited to have you as part of the Cooper family - regardless of where you may be physically! 

  • 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.