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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, Dean
Gale and Ira Drukier Chair

Social Impact

Innovative Programs Address Inequality in Young Children’s Development

Research on the Smart Beginnings project, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive approach to the promotion of school readiness in low-income families, shows promise in addressing equity issues.

Ensuring Greener Operations for Global Communication

Media, Culture, and Communication Professor Nicole Starosielski is part of a research team that will offer the first carbon footprint assessment of subsea cables—a global network that currently carries 99% of transoceanic Internet traffic.

Racial Justice Advocate and NYU Alum on What Keeps Him Hopeful About the Future

Media, Culture, and Communication alum Janerick Holmes (BS 2011) is buoyed by the resilient and passionate fellows that pass through the Racial Justice Institute, where he serves as Associate Director.

Faculty Thought Leadership

Three NYU Steinhardt Professors Ranked as Most Influential Policy Scholars in the Nation

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Joshua Aronson, and Stella Flores are among the most influential policy academics in the country according to the 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings.

Charlton McIlwain Named a 'Black Hero of the Internet'

The Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University celebrated Media, Culture, and Communication Professor Charlton McIlwain's many contributions to the field of race and media.

Steinhardt Vice Dean Wins Highest Honor in Occupational Therapy

Dr. Kristie Patten is being recognized with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s prestigious Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award for her critical work in “Strength-Based and Client-Directed Occupational Therapy Practice.”

Communicative Sciences and Disorders Faculty Dr. Maria Grigos Selected as 2020 ASHA Fellow

This fellowship—which is retained for life—is one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Two Steinhardt Faculty Members Win Major Award in Art Therapy Research

Department of Art and Art Professions professors Ikuko Acosta and Marygrace Berberian received the American Art Therapy Association’s Rawley Silver Research Award for research assessing the rehabilitative potential of art therapy for Parkinson’s disease patients.

Steinhardt Faculty Wins Distinguished Service to Science Education Award

Okhee Lee, professor of childhood education, is the recipient of the National Science Teaching Association's 2020 NSTA Distinguished Service to Science Education Award.

Bringing Meditation into the Classroom

NYU Steinhardt doctoral student and author Bill Meyer makes meditation an important part of a student's life.

Developing Excellent Teachers

Learn how we prepare educators to make a difference for all students.

Teacher Education