About Us

Worker Owners of The Cooperative New School

The Cooperative New School is an institutional basis for community-based change and cooperative development. The faculty and staff are worker-owners and the students are consumer-owners.

CNE Corbin

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C.N.E. Corbin is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management within the Division of Society & Environment.

M. Dominique Villanueva

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In addition to providing outdoor education, M. Dominique Villanueva works as the Business Manager for The Cooperative New School, and as “Chica in Charge” of Fountain Heights Farms, a neighborhood urban farm focused on meeting the immediate and basic need for healthy fresh foods, and providing culturally responsive community education programs that support and inform urban agricultural initiatives in the historic Fountain Heights neighborhood.

Paul Rogé

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I am a scholar-activist-educator based out of California. My current projects include faculty owner at The Cooperative New School, agroecology educator at the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), and food systems lecturer at UC Berkeley.

Our History and Our Predecessors

The Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice (The CNS), like Magic City Agriculture Project, is a combination of the models of The Federation of Southern Cooperatives and Highlander Research and Education Center, the two most important movement organizations in the South. In contrast to MCAP, The CNS uses a cooperative business model instead of a non-profit business model. It is an institution rooted in Southern movements and hopes to replicate the legacies of its elder organizations. Like The Federation and Highlander, The CNS aims to bring the advantages of the Southern movement to the rest of the world.