Intensive Semester in Yonkers

This interdisciplinary semester-long program (15 credits) provides students the chance to explore in-depth some of the social, historical, economic and, environmental issues that face contemporary urban America, and some of the opportunities available to meet these challenges. Yonkers, the third 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. 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. Community-based internships are an integral program component. The Intensive Semester in Yonkers is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Community Partners:

Students will work in agencies that have had long-term connections with Sarah Lawrence College. The community based options described below are initial possibilities. Some of the sites include:

Iglesia de San Andres

http://sanandres.dioceseny.org/ Students may choose to work in the afterschool program for K-6 graders in a predominately Latino community

Greyston Community Garden Project

http://sanandres.dioceseny.org/ The option to facilitate environmental lessons in schools or a local community garden will be available for students.

Groundwork Hudson Valley

www.groundworkhv.org Placement can be with one of many environmental, community development initiatives.

Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak

www.slc.edu/about/campus/academic-arts/center-for-the-urban-river-at-beczak.html Students can assist with education program and /or research the Hudson River at this center located on the Hudson

Students who participate in this program will also have opportunities to attend additional workshops, discussions and seminars and take several trips to support the program themes. Transportation for all travel in program will be provided by the college as needed.