“I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply. We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know we will win, but I have come to believe that we are integrating into a burning house.”
Upon hearing this statement Harry Belafonte asked, “What should we do?”
“Become the firemen,” Dr. King responded. “Let us not stand by and let the house burn.”
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging promotes a climate, culture, and commitment to intersectional identities, anti-racism, cultural proficiency, equity, social justice, and sense of belonging all while advancing strategic Steinhardt activities in partnership with communities throughout NYC and beyond.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging provides leadership for, and oversight of, strategies to support a culture committed to promoting equity, advocacy, and social justice at NYU Steinhardt and beyond. The Office leans towards action rather than just education and spreading awareness. It is a vehicle for change – especially with the resources of Steinhardt and the leadership of the Vice Dean. Read the full statement.
The Steinhardt Champions of Equity Awards were created to recognize and celebrate those who make significant contributions to improving the culture and climate of our School.
Cassius Adair, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, is an independent audio producer, writer, and researcher. We asked him about his scholarship on queer and transgender lives.