The Office of Global Programs is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. To learn more about the unique and site-specific opportunities and resources at NYU's global locations such as our DEI Liaisons, DEI Councils, and Religious and Spiritual resources, please review the DEI pages for each site.
NYU is committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values – in all their facets – are, as President Andrew Hamilton said, “…not only important to cherish for their own sake, but because they are also vital for advancing knowledge, sparking innovation, and creating sustainable communities. They should be indispensable elements of an NYU education on all of our campuses. A diverse population encounters and appreciates all perspectives of an issue with a wealth of different approaches to confront it. The result is a higher quality of debate, and a more excellent and advanced academic enterprise.”
NYU’s past is not without blemish when it comes to its commitment to diversity and inclusion; in spite of some strides since NYU’s founding, we have fallen short. Awareness of this history makes us more committed to taking concrete steps to build an institution that truly recognizes the contributions of all its members.
As NYU’s Provost, Katherine Fleming, said in a September 2016 equity, diversity, and inclusion event, “NYU Together”:
“Cosmopolitanism at NYU doesn’t simply mean that we should have as diverse a student body, a faculty, and a staff as possible – obviously, we should have all those things. But once such a diverse group comes together and forms a community, it is not sufficient for everyone here to feel as though they contributed as part of ‘this category’ or ‘that category.’ Instead, we ought to work hard to make this a community where everyone has a truly cosmopolitan mindset – as part of the broadest possible understanding that we can have about what humankind is. And to really make diversity, equity, and inclusion come about, we have an obligation to make all people feel comfortable in that space, because we have defined our community in the broadest possible way.”
NYU faculty, students, administrators, and staff should be fully committed to a vision of equity, diversity, and inclusion at NYU that encompasses that idea, and that by being in some of the world’s greatest and most diverse urban centers, NYU has an opportunity to lead. Such a commitment in word and in deed would be in line with NYU’s mission, history, understanding of excellence in the 21st century, and our aspirations to produce leaders in all fields.
In New York and on its campuses and locations throughout the world, NYU is committed to:
NYU offers a wide array of resources to uphold and advance our commitments.
The Global Equity Fellowship was launched in the fall of 2017 to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion for students during their study away semester. Fellows on the pilot program studied at NYU Berlin, NYU Buenos Aires, and NYU Sydney where they coordinated with diversity liaisons and helped develop programming specific to their site. Learn more about the global equity fellows here.
Krystal McLeod is a 2015 Truman Scholar and recent graduate of NYU's College of Arts and Science. She is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equity in a global context. After witnessing first-hand the educational disparities within her own household and community, she has used her experience with national nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), to develop her own educational initiative “My” Right to Learn, as both a Dalai Lama and Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellow. In 2014, she instituted this summer program for low-income minority youth.
Since then New York University has recognized “My” Right to Learn for its lasting impact with the 2015 Martin Luther King Trailblazer Award. In 2016, Krystal continued her commitment to diversity and inclusion by serving as the Vice Chair to the University Senate Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion where she worked alongside university administration to advocate for the diverse needs of students.
After working at the White House within the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, she returned to NYU for the next year to help manage our Global Sites diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts abroad. She is a , President's Service Individual Awardee, a New York State Independent Sector Community Service Awardee, OP Outstanding Regional HEOP Student Recipient, Dean's Award Recipient, University Honors Scholar, and most recently a member of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors.