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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. 

NYU Steinhardt was founded in 1890 as the first school of education at an American university. Its creation was groundbreaking; it allowed female teachers to get a university education at a time when women didn’t yet have the right to vote.

Among the School’s first students were teachers and administrators of all races and ethnicities, who took the ideals of higher education from their classrooms out into New York City’s diverse communities. It was the mission of our founders to give both teachers and students tools for social and economic mobility.

Today, NYU Steinhardt is a diverse, dynamic, uniquely interdisciplinary school devoted to a holistic understanding of people and human development across the lifespan. Here, members of our community study art, music, culture, media and communications, health and wellness, education, and more. Each day, we foster equity by supporting the research, scholarship, and practices that advance the education, health, and well-being of people and communities worldwide.

At its best, education can offer a solution to pressing social problems and enrich the world we live in. We thank you for joining us in this movement and invite you to accompany us as we continue in our mission.


— Jack H. Knott, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean

Social Impact

Embodying Healing through Art Therapy

NYU Steinhardt’s Art Therapy program blends clinical efficacy with holistic wellness for communities across New York City — and the world.

Songs of Survival: Nordoff-Robbins Partners with The Angel Band Project

NYU Steinhardt's Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy joined with The Angel Band Project for a performance to advocate for positive societal change for survivors of sexual and intimate-partner violence.

Jim Kemple Closes Out Tenure as Executive Director of Research Alliance for NYC Schools

Kemple has helmed the independent educational research organization since its founding in 2008.

Faculty Thought Leadership

Department of Teaching and Learning's Okhee Lee Awarded $3M from National Science Foundation

The research dives into a justice-centered STEM education framework for multilingual learners in middle school.

Faculty Book Receives Honorable Mention from the American Studies Association

"Legal Spectatorship," by Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication Kelli Moore, challenges our understanding of domestic violence.

Sonja Molfenter Awarded $3.77M for Proactive Pharyngeal Swallowing Exercises

Molfenter's study seeks to build muscular reserve in pre-frail older adults to improve health outcomes.

2022-2023 in Outreach

As many pre-pandemic activities on campus resumed this year, students, staff, and faculty from across NYU Steinhardt also came together to support the New York City community and beyond. 

Masks were upcycled and contributed to The Parachute Project, an art therapy program focused on post-traumatic growth.
NYC DOE educators received professional development around neurodivergence and inclusive practices from the ASD Nest Support Project at NYU Steinhardt.
People participated in art therapy-based projects led by the NYU Steinhardt Art Therapy program.
Neighbors joined NYU Steinhardt’s programs in Drama Therapy and Educational Theatre for “Parade: Celebrating Community in Action.”
Veterans used Shakespeare to overcome the effects of military trauma as part of an NYU Steinhardt professor's research program.
Residents of Sunrise East 56, an assisted living community, attended weekly concerts performed onsite by NYU Steinhardt Piano Studies students.

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.