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Statement from Dean Mary Brabeck on Racist Incident at Columbia University's Teachers College

Dear Members of the Steinhardt Community,

Last week's hateful and racist incident against a faculty member at Teachers College has left us all outraged, shocked, and deeply saddened. NYU Steinhardt stands in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff at TC in deploring this racist act. Such behavior is antithetical to the goals of all academic institutions and serves as a reminder to us that, sadly, hatred and racism are forces with which we must reckon still.

I have been in touch with Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman and with Professor Madonna Constantine to offer words of support on behalf of all of NYU Steinhardt.  

We often speak of "teachable moments," real-life experiences that spark dialogue and debate. I hope this terrible incident will stimulate dialogue in classrooms, dorm rooms, and offices around the NYU campus on the need for increased action against racism. It is through our own commitment to promoting pluralism, diversity, and respect for all people that we can help assuage the trauma that such hateful actions cause.

Mary Brabeck