Matter in Question: What virtues in your students give you hope for the future of our complex, global world?
Students at NYU embrace diversity and complexity, and they don't shy away from challenges. While working on field research, for example, our students are willing to really engage research participants to learn more about how they view global health problems, and, in turn, often end up proposing new ways of framing research questions. My hope lies in the ability of our graduates to contribute in some way to a new way of thinking.
In my role as the director of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, I am impressed by the clear, deep level of NYU students' dedication to pursue the twin goals of science and social justice. One of the youngest members of our research staff, graduating senior, Carissa DeHoyos, helped us complete federal grant applications for our research on supporting low-income children's school readiness, and has also co-authored a research paper for this year's National Head Start Research Conference. She is the kind of young leader whom I can count on to make a difference for our nation's future.
I believe that hope for the future of our complex, global world ought to be premised on greater and deeper cross-cultural understanding, which begins by developing tolerance for cultural and linguistic diversity. My students impress me with their dedication to working with immigrant students, especially those who are economically disadvantaged and lacking strong first language literacy. I think helping these students acquire English language skills, as well as taking the time to learn about the immigrant children's culture, is a very hopeful step in building empathy and cross-cultural understanding.
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Art and Art Professions
My students support and nurture art and artists, working as fundraisers, marketers, curators, museum directors, educators, and cultural entrepreneurs all over the world. They are resilient, flexible, and eager to embrace innovation and challenge. They are the future leaders and agents of change who will advocate for art as a public good and as an essential element of global citizenship and understanding.