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New York University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
665 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10012
Phone
(212) 998-1212
Email address
admissions@nyu.edu
School Information
"Now among the largest private universities in the US, NYU provides a rigorous, demanding education to more than 50,000 students and undertakes nearly $1 billion in research annually. It counts among its faculty recipients of the highest scholarly honors and is a top producer of patents and revenue from licensing among US universities. NYU has a vast network of alumni who have gone on to succeed across professions, from the sciences to the arts and government, throughout the world." The university offers over 400 academic programs. (Source: https://www.nyu.edu/about.html) (Source: https://www.nyu.edu/academics/academic-programs.html)
General Information
NYU has taken the initial step of implementing anti-racist training modules for its students. New training measures can be expected for faculty and staff, although they have not yet been confirmed. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The School of Global Public Health's TRIUMPH collective will, "Recommend the review of Admissions and Enrollment for equitable practices across all degree programs."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Anti-Racist Training Module Requirements.
  • The School of Global Public Health's TRIUMPH collective will, "Advocate for DEI and racial justice training throughout the GPH community."
  • New York University’s Culturally Responsive Education Working Group, EduColor, and the Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) have created a program of entitled Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Facilitator’s Guide. This guide will serve to: (1) “support the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to more in the direction of culturally responsive-sustaining practice, in order to improve outcomes and wellbeing for vulnerable student populations; (2) bring research, practitioner and community expertise to the design and implementation of the DOE’s culturally responsive education strategy; (3) build a community of allies and validators to build public support, understanding and political will for the expansion of CRSE across NYC schools; and (4) mobilize external stakeholders to secure adoption of CRSE policies and practices that will last across multiple administrations and for generations.” There are nine sessions in this guide that will aid in achieving the goal set out by the creators of these sessions. The following nine sessions are: (1)“Setting the Foundation for Anti-Racist Work and Courageous Conversation,” (2) “Session 2: Understanding Oppression and Racism,” (3) “Introduction to a Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education, (4) “Session 4: CRSE and Me: Personal, Local & Immediate,” (5) “Session 5: CRSE & Relationships – Teachers, Staff, & Students,” (6) “Session 6: CRSE and Relationships – Families and Communities,” (7) “Session 7: CRSE and Curriculum,” (8) “Session 8: CRSE and Pedagogy,” and (9) “Session 9: CRSE and Disrupting Systems of Inequality.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The School of Global Public Health's TRIUMPH collective will, "Promote the integration of Anti-Racism Curricula throughout degree programs."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Department of English will, "identify indigenous studies and Black studies as hiring priorities."
  • The School of Global Public Health's Department of Biostatistics is hiring for a position in "Anti-racism, Social Justice, & Public Health."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Department of English will "apply for a grant to initiate awareness on diversity and inclusion in the department."
  • The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development's faculty conducted a study "to investigate the lack of representation and diversity in the field of occupational therapy." The study's background reads, "There is also an urgent need to address anti-racism in the profession as systematic racism is a barrier for Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to access higher education and health services, and insufficient action has been taken to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the profession."
  • Steinhardt's The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools has a "Radical Imagination CoLab," which "connects art, activism, and education in order to create generative spaces that can envision a world grounded on equity, justice, and humanity. The arts provide a unique set of strategies to envision otherwise and to propose radical alternatives to current realities and unjust structures."
  • New York University has created a “Faculty Innovation and Anti-Racism Microgrant” to aid in “decenter[ing] whiteness in theatre education, provide better resources for Black undocumented students, and collect[ing] testimonies of microaggressions in our community.” This microgrant will “fund projects that advance innovation in anti-racism work and knowledge.” Projects that have been funded for the 2021-2022 year included Conscientious Theater Training Faculty Workshop with Nicole Brewer, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racist Consult, Latin American Indigenous Identities Today: Rights, Social Justice, and Anti-Racist Pedagogies, and more. NYU awarded over thirty grants for projects centered around the goal of this grant.
  • The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU) “is committed to disrupting generational poverty through research, policy and action.” They recognize that poverty is way more than just lacking the necessary resources to meet our basic needs, but that there is an “interrelatedness of race, gender, and poverty.” At McSilver they have dedicated themselves to “dismantling structural racism and other forms of systemic oppression through [their] work.”
Re-Imagining Policing
  • New York University’s Educational Policy and Faculty/Student Relations Committee have addressed many issues including the use of pronouns, advertising the bias hotline, and mandatory on-line training. In terms of the use of pronouns, “students would like faculty to publicly acknowledge them.” Although this has been acknowledged that this adjustment will take some time, it has been said that class rosters will be “adjusted to ensure students are listed on the class roster with their correct pronoun.” Secondly, advertising the bias hotline was addressed. The Student Government Association (SGA) requested that information regarding the bias hotline be added in all course syllabi. Lastly, it has been requested that “anti-racism and anti-bias training modules should be required to better improve the health of the NYU community.” In addition, student government has “suggested mandatory pronoun-usage and dealing-with-trauma modules also be introduced for faculty.”
  • New York University’s (NYU) BeTogether “serves as a guiding change effort to identity proactive and strategic actions to advance equity and inclusion best practices across NYU.” Some of the recent developments that have grown out of this are: (1) “personalizing NYU Zoom pronouns and display names,” (2) “anti-racism and microaggression module,” (3) [Not so] difficult dialogue series,” (4) “faculty toolkit on digital inclusion,” (5) “pronouns and name pronunciation,” (6) “faculty innovation and anti-racism microgrants,” (7) “best practiced for inclusive hiring,” and (8) “pilot foundations for global DEI excellence module.”
Resources
  • The university is offering "Antiracism Education for International Students," which will "aim to highlight issues that specifically affect international students, such as the experience of being racialized, being part of a racial minority for the first time, or being confronted with xenophobia or racism." The committee will organize a three-part webinar for international students. One session is called "Introduction to Race, Racism, and Social Justice in the US," which "offers a foundational understanding of racism in the US as a way to contextualize these conversations (e.g., US-specific terminology, manifestations of racism, systemic racism in the US) and provides resources that are available to the international student community for learning and support." Another is called "Race and Identity in the US," which illustrates "the concepts of social identities and salient identity. It addresses notions of race, racism, and stereotypes that international students come to the US with, and how these relate to the discourse here. In the second half, it opens up the conversation to international students to discuss how they experience racialization and racism in the US and provides them with a forum to share their experiences as they pertain to race and identity in this country."
  • School of Global Public Health has "TRIUMPH (Tackling Racism Institutionally and Urgently to Move Public Health)" collective, which is "working to: CREATE a community that fosters justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for all within the GPH community and beyond; EDUCATE through initiatives and substantive actions to address and dismantle a culture of anti-Blackness and multi-layered, structural racism; HEAL, inspire, and empower all those who self-identify as Black to thrive professionally, personally and spiritually."
  • The Department of English also offers anti-racism resources, including "Anti-Racism Education, Programs, and Resources."
  • The College of Arts and Science's Center for Neural Science is offering a "Workshop on Race and Racism in Science," which will be mandatory for different PhD students in the Neural Sciences, Biology, and Psychology. The background partly reads, "The academic community has an obligation to fight racism on all fronts, not only by improving perceptions and representation of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) and addressing racist behavior in the workplace, but also by educating each other on the role of race and racism in the history of science. Science does not exist in a vacuum, but in a context of social and cultural forces, some of which have been oppressive, exploitative, and dehumanizing."
  • The Tandon School of Engineering's Student Resources and Services offers "Anti-Racism Resources," including Ibram X. Kendi's “A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters" and Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism."
  • The Silver School of Social Work "launched a Faculty Antiracism Pedagogy Seminar... It complements curricular revisions that ground our degree programs more explicitly in foundational social work values, concepts and principles, including social justice, critical theories, and anti-oppressive practice... It provides tools to promote racial equity; navigate discussions on racism and identity; facilitate self-reflection with regard to these issues." Those who completed the seminar receive the designation of "NYU Silver Antiracism Pedagogy Champions."
  • New York University’s (NYU) Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI) has compiled a list of resources for the community at NYU to help them engage in anti-racist practices. OGI encourages the community to take responsibility that “anti-racism work requires sustained, proactive education and engagement as well as systemic, intentional efforts at micro- and macro-levels.” They explain that “anti-racism work also requires individuals to take responsibility for their own learning and avoid placing the responsibility for that education on already marginalized and disenfranchised groups, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).” Therefore, the OGI has compiled a list of resources to aid the NYU community in educating themselves on how to be anti-racist.
  • New York University’s Kimmel Windows Gallery presented a gallery entitled Transcending Love which “offer[ed] an intimate glimpse into the relationships of transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming couples across the USA.” This exhibit ran from November 21, 2021, until February 25, 2022.
  • New York University hosted a workshop entitled Pride@Work x Work Life: Self Care Strategies: How to Prioritize Your Own Wellbeing in January of 2022. This workshop will “hold [a] space to learn and reaffirm self-care strategies for our lives.” In addition, “staff resources will be shared and [then attendees will] spend time writing as a creative outlet and expression of self-care.
  • New York University’s Brademas Center hosted an event this past Spring of 2022 entitled “Lift Every Voice,” A Bipartisan Conversation on Racism: Listening, Sharing and Growth for the American Future. This event “will include the point of view from individuals on various ends of the political spectrum who will share their experiences form the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter.” The goal of this event is to “create a dialogue to engage and empower future generations, and will be moderated by two current NYU Washington, DC students.”
  • New York University’s libraries have published a collection of “Black Lives Matter data and resources.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Department of English has a Diversity Committee,
  • On January 29, 2023, NYU's President released a statement on the death of Tyre Nichols and stated, "I continue to believe that the values and tools of our scholarly community - reason; discourse; analysis; non-violence; belief in the dignity of the individual; the pursuit of knowledge and truth and understanding; engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion - are the surest path to lasting justice and peace."
  • On January 30, 2023, the school's Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation released a statement on the death of Tyre Nichols and stated, "this horrific tragedy serves as another reminder that violence continues to plague our society. We firmly repudiate all acts of violence and hate and recognize the hatred directed toward historically marginalized groups must cease."
Last updated February 4th, 2023
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