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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.

Martin Luther King, Jr

“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.

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.

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Welcome Event

Please join the ODEB staff for lunch and a welcome to the 2023/24 academic year!

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.

BIPOC Student Welcome

Allow us to welcome and share our rich history of BIPOC Folks at NYU Steinhardt, with an introduction of amazing community members.

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.


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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The Council for Action and Advocacy United for Social Justice and Equity (CAUSE)

Meet the council advising the Vice Dean of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action on equity matters at the School.

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Faculty First Look Scholar Program

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

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Events and Opportunities

Our programming includes lectures, trainings, workshops, and chances for our community to get involved.

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Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Team

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng (程華宇)

Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging; Associate Professor of International Education

Maria Ramirez

Director of Equity Initiatives

Alexis Meza

Graduate Assistant

Darinka Arones

Student Office Assistant

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