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New York University has a long history of diversity-related events and traditions. Some highlights of these events and traditions are presented here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week

On February 10, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech on civil rights, equity, and nonviolence on the campus of New York University. The NYU community commemorates Dr. King's visit and his leadership with a weeklong series of events and programs.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award

The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Student Diversity Programs and Services (a division of Student Affairs), and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. Its purpose is to recognize faculty members who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their positive impact within the classroom and the greater NYU community. NYU students nominate faculty members who are considered and then chosen by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award Committee.

Learn more about the MLK Faculty Award winners»

The Provost's prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is presented to outstanding faculty nominated by students for exemplifying the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their teaching, their social and/or political activities, the inspiration they provide, their leadership, and/or their community building activities. They make a positive impact within the classroom and in the greater NYU community.

The Provost, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs, present the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award—which includes a $2500 research stipend—at the Faculty Award Reception during MLK Celebration Week in February.


All full- and/or part-time NYU faculty members are eligible; past recepients are ineligible.

Process and Deadline for Nominations

(Please check back for 2014 nomination information)

Questions? Please email

Heritage Months

La Herencia Latina (Latino Heritage Month)

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Phone: (212) 998-4201
Contact: Diana Lugo-Martinez
Held every November at New York University
La Herencia commemorates and promotes cultural diversity on campus through educational and social events, and creates an awareness of Latino culture and heritage. La Herencia also strives to identify and deal with the current challenges affecting the Latino community, as well as to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions made by Latinos. This annual celebration of Latino culture at NYU includes panel discussions, lectures, concerts, and other intellectual, social, and cultural activities throughout November.

African Heritage Month

Held every February at New York University
The nationwide celebration of African Heritage Month occurs during the month of February. Africa has given birth to many faces, voices, and colors. The overall goal of African Heritage Month is to inform the NYU community about the many cultures of the African Diaspora, their manifestations, and the issues within and around them.

Asian Heritage Month

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Phone: (212) 998-4165
Contact: Myoung Marquez
Held every April at New York University
The purpose of Asian Heritage Month is to empower and to appreciate the strength, honor, beauty, and wisdom of various Asian cultures. It is dedicated to unifying the diverse Asian and Asian American groups on campus as well as in the surrounding communities. Asian Heritage Month provides the NYU community with a spectacular array of education, social, cultural, and political programs that will heighten the awareness of Asian and Asian American issues.

Shuruq Week

Held every March at New York University
Arabic for 'sunrise,' Shuruq is the Middle Eastern and Muslim cultural theme week at New York University. Perhaps no other area of the world is as publicized—or misunderstood—as the Middle East. Shuruq Week marks a celebration of diversity and recognition of the Middle East's many manifestations. The week seeks to bring peoples of Middle Eastern and/or Muslim descent together, increase awareness of the Middle East's religions and cultures within the NYU community, and foster an attitude of greater harmony and cooperation through the week's emphasis in the many traditions, languages, art, music, and literature.

More Events/Traditions

Pride Month

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Held every October at New York University
Pride Month is a celebration honoring the unique cultures and histories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people. The events planned for Pride Month unite, educate, empower and encourage all students to become more active citizens on campus and in local communities while increasing LGBTQ visibility. Programs include Opening Extravaganza, National Coming Out Day, Diva Ball, and many other discussions, lectures, performances, and social events.

Women's Herstory Month

Phone: (212) 998-4201
Contact: Monica Monfre
Held every March at New York University
Women's Herstory Month at New York University is dedicated to promoting awareness of the broad spectrum of people's experiences as women. We seek to empower women from a variety of cultures and communities while continuing to create safe and inclusive spaces for all. This is a time where the NYU community can raise awareness and celebrate the spirit of women. The focus of Women's Herstory Month ranges from women's health issues to feminism and how it affects today's society.

Agape Week

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Phone: (212) 998-4707
Contact: Kelly Cuene
Held every December at New York University
'Agape' is the Greek word for the sacrificial, unconditional love as seen in Jesus Christ. In celebration of this love, Agape Week has the dual purpose of 1) Unifying all of the Christian organizations on campus, and 2) Engaging the NYU community in a discussion about God, Christianity, and faith. Each event is planned with the participation of different fellowships, and may be intellectual, cultural, musical, and/or service oriented in nature.

Earth Week

Phone: (212) 998-4997
Contact: Adam Ebnit
Held every April at New York University
Earth Week recognizes, explores, honors, and celebrates our connections to the earth. Through a series of activities, panels, films, and lectures Earth Week is an opportunity for the community to learn about the important roles we play in our world.

Greek Week

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Phone: (212) 998-4997
Contact: Myoung Marquez
Held every April at New York University
Greek Week provides an opportunity to unify the New York University community through promoting the values of leadership, service, scholarship, and friendship. The week includes speakers and discussions addressing important topics such as leadership development, LGBT awareness, and speaking out against domestic violence. Events also include community-building activities, community service opportunities, and stress-release programs. Participation in Greek Week offers opportunities to learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at New York University.

International Education Week

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Contact: Alison Jackson
Held every November at New York University
International Education Week (IEW) is an annual joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The week-long program promotes exchange between nations and seeks to foster greater global awareness on campus and in the surrounding community. In recognition of this week, New York University actively incorporates a global perspective into both the academic and extracurricular programs offered throughout the community.






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