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Yeshiva University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
500 West 185th Street
Suite 101
New York, New York 10033
(646) 592-4440
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School Information
"Yeshiva University has grown from a small yeshiva offering some secular education to Jews on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1886 to a prestigious, multifaceted institution that integrates the knowledge of Western civilization and the rich treasures of Jewish culture. Yeshiva University today supports three undergraduate schools (including honors programs and Torah studies programs), seven graduate and professional schools, renowned affiliates such as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a diverse multitude of scholarly centers and institutes, and several libraries, a museum and a university press, located on campuses both in the United States and Israel." (Source: Yeshiva University hosts 11 schools with over 6,400 students. The student to faculty ratio is 7 to 1 and the university offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
General Information
In response to perceived 'microaggressions,' Yeshiva University has instituted a focus on Critical Race Theory. This is especially notable in their Cardozo Law School, which has established changes in curriculum such as a required graduation requirement that centers on teaching anti-racism. The Law School has also required mandatory bias training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Cardozo Law School has instituted student diversity training programs such as the 1L Professionalism programming which "will include six sessions devoted to diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, microaggressions, cultural competency, and related issues." This is effective Fall 2021.
  • The Cardozo Law School has also instituted faculty diversity training. This training is mandatory and centers on "classroom teaching and pedagogical best practices with regard to diversity, inclusion, implicit bias and related issues." This is effective Fall 2021.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Cardozo Law School now requires "an upper-level race and the law" offering. The university states that, "Qualifying courses will include Race and the Law, Critical Race Theory, Indigenous Rights in the Americas, and Cross-Cultural Negotiation, as well as clinics and skills-based courses that focus on lawyering within communities whose members have been affected by systemic racism." This is a new graduation requirement that applies for the class of 2024, starting in Fall 2021.
  • The Cardozo Law School has effected "an expansion of class offerings covering issues related to race and the law" as well as "a new emphasis on racial context and impacts in courses not primarily about race." This is effective Fall 2021.
Program and Research Funding
  • The Cardozo Law has brought in Professor Peter Markowitz for its created position for the Associate Dean of Equity in Curriculum and Teaching. As part of his position, he will "oversee these changes to the law school curriculum." This is effective Fall 2021.
  • Cardozo School of Law has announced the creation of the Intellectual Property Diversity Scholarship that will "support Cardozo students from diverse backgrounds." This scholarship is endorsed by Merchant and Gould.
  • Wurzweiler's School of Social Work has created the Anti-Racism Committee. The ARC hosted a presentation entitled "Power Dynamics and Anti-Racist Organizing: Use of Group Work for Empowerment towards Social Change."
Symbolic Actions
  • In response to the death of George Floyd, Provost Dr. Selma Botman released a statement saying, "The murder of George Floyd is a tragic reminder that the sacred American commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is maddeningly out of reach for our fellow citizens of color. Let us mourn the injustices enabled by racism across our nation while we commit ourselves to the righteous struggle for social justice, grounded in an abiding respect for difference and a humbling recognition that this effort remains as yet unattainable for all Americans."
  • Dean Melanie Leslie of Cardozo School of Law also released a statement following the death of George Floyd. She stated that, "Our community has been shaken by the racist killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and so many others. We mourn these needless deaths and condemn police brutality. We recognize the pain, fear and trauma that people of color in our community, especially our black students, faculty members and staff, are experiencing. We are with you. I call on the Cardozo community to stand as one to condemn racism and reaffirm our commitment to the paramount value of equality under the law for all.”
  • The Vice Provost and the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Dr. Danielle Wozniak, released a statement in response to George Floyd's death. She said, “As a nation, too many of our brothers and sisters have reached the horrific and inescapable moment where they simply can bear no more. No more harassment, no more fear, no more anxiety, no more degradation, no more suspicion, no more murder. This is the time when every citizen must say, we too have had enough. We too must hold Dr. King’s vision of a unified nation in which the color of one’s skin does not determine the outcome of one’s life. We are all tasked with changing the face of our nation and the fate of our citizens.”
  • In response to the events of March 2020, President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman released a statement saying, "Today should have been the 27th birthday of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police officers in Louisville on March 13. Yeshiva University stands united as we condemn her murder, alongside those of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other victims of racial violence."
  • Cardozo Law School released a statement stating that the Dean's Council on Diversity and Inclusion "spearheaded strategies to address inequities and structural racism." This will allow the school to continue its "support for continuous and ongoing advancement in diversity, equity and inclusion." The law school has instituted the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Career Services -- Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, and the Gates Scholars Program to continue these efforts.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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