NYU Alumni 

“Love him or hate him, Michael Bloomberg has changed the entire game in terms of the gun–control debate because he was willing to spend as much money as it took to take that ‘A’ rating from the NRA and make it into a scarlet letter for politicians.”

—Managing Editor of TheGrio.com and MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid at “Triggering the Debate: Gun Control, Race, and Mental Illness,” a panel hosted by NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge

“Today, if you’re an academically talented student on the left, becoming a professor is something you might naturally consider as you search explicitly or implicitly for a career path that aligns with your political identity. By contrast, if you’re a talented student on the right, the chances are you would never seriously contemplate a career in higher education.”

—Visiting scholar Neil Gross at an Institute for Public Knowledge event celebrating the launch of his latest book, Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? (Harvard University Press)

“We have rebuilt houses in disaster–struck parts of the United States, attended each other’s religious services, held film screenings and discussion panels, and shared meals together. In that process, we created much more than a club. We built a community of people that the world says should not be friends.”

—Graduating senior Chelsea Garbell (STEINHARDT ’13) to her classmates at NYU’s 181st Commencement Ceremony at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

“I went to the University of Georgia because I wanted to achieve my dream [of becoming a journalist]. Courage was never in my mind. This was something I wanted, and this was how I got it.”

—Journalist Charlayne Hunter–Gault on her experience as one of the first African-Americans to attend UG, at a Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development event on the 59th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision