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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.”

Mission

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.

Vision

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

Champions of Equity Awards

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.

Studying Queer and Transgender Lives: An Interview with New Faculty Member Cassius Adair

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.

Resources

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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Initiatives

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Womxn and Work Task Force

Explore our initiative for womxn and gender-expansive people who work and learn at NYU Steinhardt

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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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Equity in Student Recruitment and Retention Task Force

Learn about the Steinhardt community members who seek to advance equity and belonging in student recruitment and retention.

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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

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

cherng@nyu.edu

Maria Ramirez

Director of Equity Initiatives

maria.ramirez@nyu.edu

Katarina Demos

Student Office Assistant

Alexis Meza

Graduate Assistant

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