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Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action

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 Equity, Belonging, and Community Action 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 Equity, Belonging, and Community Action 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.

Events and Opportunities

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

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

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Community Spotlight

Equity Not Charity: Food Studies Alum Leah Kirts on Organizing Community Food Relief

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Leah joined a mutual aid group in Queens and began organizing mobile food pantries that have since grown to serve 150–200 people weekly. “It’s really simple: anyone who shows up can get food.”

On Equity and Early Intervention: An Interview with New Faculty Member Jonet Artis

Jonet Artis, assistant professor and Dean’s Faculty Fellow in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, is a speech-language pathologist whose research interests include early intervention for children diagnosed with autism.

Metro Center Wins W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for Racial Equity Work Among Parent Leadership Organizations

Metro Center awarded $500,000 from the Kellogg Foundation to form a Racial Equity Peer Learning and Inquiry Community with four parent leadership organizations.

Equity, Belonging, and Community Action Team

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