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Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

We are on Stolen Land

We invite you to join us in acknowledging the Lenape community, on whose land NYU makes it home. We at NYU Steinhardt acknowledge the contributions of all Indigenous people and their continuing struggle to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. To learn more about the Lenape peoples, please visit the Lenape Center’s websiteInstagram page, and Facebook page.


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.

Community Spotlight

Dominique Jackson Named 2023-2024 Scholar-in-Residence

Dominique Jackson — Tobagonian-and-Trinidadian-American actress, author, model, reality television personality, and LGBTQ+ community advocate — is NYU Steinhardt's 2023-2024 Scholar-in-Residence.

Generous Gift from Okhee Lee Supports STEM Education with Equity and Justice

Lee’s donation will fund a scholarship and an annual symposium for the field.

Two NYU Steinhardt Professors Receive MLK Faculty Award

The award recognizes outstanding faculty who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s scholarship, life, and justice work.

PhD Student Receives 2023 Diversity Innovation Grant

Farha Najah Hussain, PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded a 2023 Diversity Innovation Grant from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging at NYU Steinhardt.


The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging has a wealth of resources for the Steinhardt community, including statements, Zoom images, and more.

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Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program

With the support of the NYU Center for Faculty Advancement, the NYU Steinhardt Faculty Leadership Pipeline offers programming created in collaboration with Academic Impressions designed to cultivate leadership.

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First-Year Student Leadership Program

In 2023, NYU Steinhardt’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion launched the first year of the Empowering Your Inner Leader: First-Year Student Program on Leadership and Community Engagement.

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Diversity Innovation Grant

Information about the Diversity Innovation Grant competition for Steinhardt researchers. 

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Steinhardt Social Justice Study Away Program

Information about ODEB's annual Social Justice Study Away Program in Washington, D.C.

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Faculty First Look Scholar Program

Faculty First-Look provides professional development opportunities for current doctoral/terminal degree students who are preparing for faculty or related scholarly careers. Find out how you can get involved.

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Steinhardt Scholar-in-Residence

Information about NYU Steinhardt's Scholar-in-Residence.

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Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Team

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng (程華宇)

Vice Dean for Research and Equity; Associate Professor of International Education

Maria Williamson

Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

Alexis Meza

Graduate Assistant

Darinka Arones

Student Office Assistant

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