From the Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Welcome new and returning undergraduate and graduate students to our community of scholars who are pursuing degrees in culture, education, and human development.

Student Matters will help you to stay well informed, connected, and actively involved. In it you will find references to policies and procedures that guide your studies; and information on scholarships, services, activities, and events to further enhance your personal, career, and professional development.

Visit our blog site often at for the most up to date happenings in NYU Steinhardt and NYU at large. Feel free to post comments and/or questions to any of the blogs listed.

Let us also continue to hear from you at Check our Web site at Come by our office in Pless Hall, 2nd floor.

Best wishes for a wonderful and productive year ahead.


NYU Passport Drive for US citizens

When: Friday, October 14, 2016 from 10am until 2pm
Where: 383 Lafayette Street
Who: All NYU community members and their family
Representatives from the US Department of State will be here to collect applications from US citizens for first time passports, passport renewals and passport cards. You can find more information about passports at
To sign up for the passport drive please complete this sign-up form which can also be found on our website.

Conversations of Color: Welcome Reception – September 15, 2016

At Conversations of Color, Steinhardt students, faculty, and administrators discuss race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual belief, ability, gender identity/expression, economic class, and other topics of diversity.

Learn more about Conversations of Color at the Welcome Reception on Thursday, September 15th from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM in the 3rd Floor Lounge of Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East.

RSVP here. Lunch is served.

This program is sponsored by the Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs.


Wasserman Center Graduate Student Career Development Events – Week of August 31 – September 9, 2016

The Graduate Student Career Development Team offers an array of in-person and virtual events. Join for this week’s offerings:

Torch Talks: Failing Your Way to Success – Wednesday, August 31, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Wasserman Center (133East 13th Street, 2nd Floor)

Graduate Student Center Orientation – Wednesday, August 31, 5pm – 6pm, or Thursday, September 8, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Wasserman Center (133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor)

Don’t’ Let Summer Float Away: Wasserman Meet and Mingle – Thursday, September 1, 3;00pm -4pm, Kimmel Center for  University Life, Room 907

PhD Job Search Group: Search Strategies and Documents – Application Deadline: September 7

NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development Graduate Student Advisory Board – Application Deadline: September 9th

For more detailed information please visit the Wasserman Center for Career Development Center.


NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge (CmC)

Do you have a social venture idea that will create positive change in the world?

The NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge (CmC) is an opportunity for NYU undergraduate students to fulfill their visions of sustainable and scalable social change.  Through a comprehensive array of workshops and resources, students establish non-profits, for-profits or hybrid organizations that bring about positive social impact in communities across the country and around the world. Selected teams are awarded $1,000 seed grants, and one team is awarded a grand prize of up to $10,000, a host of Reynolds-sponsored resources, and the opportunity to work with 180 Degrees Consulting – NYU for a semester of consulting services.

To get involved:
•    Visit for more information and to sign up for email updates.
•    Attend an information session and the Kickoff Workshop in September.
•    To apply, submit an executive summary to by 11:59pm EST on October 2, 2016.
Questions? Email:







Check out September/October programming

The Office of Student Affairs wants you to SEE the programming available to you.

Join Counseling & Student Services and the Office of Global Affairs at the first Bagel Breakfast of the semester

Tuesday, September 6 at 9 am – until the bagels are gone.
Pless Hall, 1st Floor Lounge
82 Washington Square East

September/October programming from Student Affairs.

NYU Speaking Freely

Get a taste of a new language and culture without leaving home! Speaking Freely is available to all NYU undergraduate and graduate students and staff. The 75-minute language coaching sessions meet once a week for ten weeks each semester at various locations on campus. Each week, you will learn how to communicate on a different topic, or you might enjoy a related activity–a movie, concert, or neighborhood visit–as part of a small, informal language group. No books are required and there’s no pressure of grades!

Speaking Freely offers sessions in Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. It’s all free–and easy. Meet new people and have fun. It’s the perfect way to try out a language and culture before you study or visit.

Speaking Freely sessions emphasize learning practical words and phrases you might use when traveling or studying abroad, as well as vocabulary related to various aspects of art, history, and culture. At least two levels of coaching are offered for most of the languages, and a third level is offered in six of the languages. Level 1 is a basic introduction for those who have no experience in the language. Level 2 is slightly more advanced, and meant for those who have completed Level 1 or those who have basic experience in the language. Level 3 is meant for those who are fairly proficient, and have studied the language for a few years or more in high school or college. All topics covered are based on student interest and conversation is emphasized.

Speaking Freely classes begin the week of September 19th and conclude December 2nd. Register for NYU Speaking Freely at

Fall 2016 Graduate Student Library Workshop Series

As the fall semester kicks off, NYU Libraries  is offering our annual series of Graduate Student workshops where you can learn everything from how to organize your bibliographies, to how to track down those tricky citations, to how to be a more effective research assistant (and much more). For the complete listing of these sessions, and to sign up, go to:

You can also get the new school year started right by joining us at our Annual Graduate Student Reception. It is a great opportunity to meet your subject librarian, as well as mingle with your fellow graduate students over some complimentary food and drinks. We will be giving away NYU Bookstore gift certificates to some lucky attendees. The reception will take place:  Thursday, September 15th, 5:30-7:00, 8th fl North Reading Room, Bobst Library
Please RSVP by going to

The Lightning Challenge – Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

The Lighting Challenge – Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

As part of the Inauguration Celebration Week in September, NYU is hosting two graduate student “Lightning Challenges,” where masters, professional and doctoral students have an opportunity to showcase their talents while competing for prizes.  These events are open to all graduate students, and are a wonderful (and fun!) way to celebrate the wide range of academic and creative works by NYU’s graduate student community.

Click here for Master’s/Professional Student application, rules and judging criteria

Click here for Doctoral Student application, rules and judging criteria