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Our Impact

In the City, of the World

NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, communication, health, and the arts puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change.

Our mission is to advance knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of culture, education, and human development. 

"Steinhardt was founded in 1890 in the heart of the Progressive Era in the United States, a time marked by Jim Crow laws and repression, but also major governance and economic reforms.

Over the past 130 years, Steinhardt faculty, students, alumni, and leaders have demonstrated a dedication not only to academic excellence but to societal impact.

I believe we are uniquely positioned here at Steinhardt to drive these impacts. With our many interdisciplinary programs, we will provide innovative solutions in the transformation that will occur as we eventually emerge into a post-COVID world  solutions across education especially, but also in media, health care, therapy, psychology, applied statistics, and the arts and humanities.

I am honored to lead a school with such tremendous capacity for a holistic and integrated approach to human development. Please join us as we pursue our mission to advance the health and well-being of people and communities in New York City and around the world."

Jack H. Knott, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean

Social Impact

Disrupting the School-Prison Nexus in New York

Steinhardt researchers partner with NYU Law students to support children experiencing exclusionary discipline.

Path Program Named in NYC DOE Chancellor's Plan to Improve Special Education Programs

DOE School’s Chancellor David Banks has pledged to make a $205 million dollar investment to expand several programs for students with disabilities, including autism, intensive sensory needs, and emotional disabilities. One of the valued programs that will be expanded is the “Path” program.

The Long Road to Escape

In Summer 2022, three scholars from Afghanistan arrived in New York City after nearly a year of efforts throughout NYU to bring them and their families to safety.

Faculty Thought Leadership

Two NYU Steinhardt Faculty Named Top Education Scholars

Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Joshua Aronson appeared at #51 and #107, respectively, of the 2023 RHSU Edu-Scholar Rankings.

Professor Teboho Moja Invited to Speak at the World Science Forum in Cape Town, South Africa

The Forum included representatives from leading global science organizations and explored the role of science in advancing social justice.

Global Media Research with Impact

Media, Culture, and Communication's Paula Chakravartty has been appointed a James Weldon Johnson Professor by the Provost's Office in recognition of her research on racial capitalism and global media infrastructures, as well as migrant labor mobility and justice.

This Semester in Outreach

As many pre-pandemic activities on campus resumed during the Fall 2022 semester, students, staff, and faculty from across NYU Steinhardt also came together to support vulnerable groups in New York City and beyond. 

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Masks were upcycled and contributed to The Parachute Project, an art therapy program focused on post-traumatic growth.
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NYC DOE educators received professional development around neurodivergence and inclusive practices from the ASD Nest Support Project at NYU Steinhardt.
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People participated in art therapy-based projects led by the NYU Steinhardt Art Therapy program.

Disability Covid Chronicles

The NYU Center for Disability Studies is documenting the experiences of disabled and chronically ill people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disabled people, especially people of color and those living in nursing homes or other congregate housing, have been at greatest risk of infection and death from COVID-19.

Creating Connections in the Queer Community Through Food

Meet Gabby Lenart, founder of This Queer Kitchen and a graduate of NYU Steinhardt's Food Studies program.