Dear Members of the NYU Community,
From our founding, NYU – faculty, students, administrators, and staff– has strived for inclusion. Over 180 years later, we still struggle with it and, at times, fall short, as was made abundantly clear in last week’s town hall listening event.
As John Sexton wrote, NYU takes very seriously the concerns and criticisms raised in the town hall. I want to share with you some steps the University will promptly take, largely based on issues and proposals that students raised last week. This update neither precludes other future actions nor captures all efforts that will be taking place at the University level or in the schools.
In addition to these action items, every dean, director, and global site director will be working with their respective communities to address the issues of race, social justice, and diversity. This includes a renewed focus on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, using diversity training for faculty search committees and University “bridge” funds to help departments effectively recruit. As part of these efforts, deans and directors have been or will be communicating with their schools’ students and faculty to draw their attention to the event last week and the specific concerns that were raised there.
Some of what we do – the steps we take, the discussions we have – will be challenging. But I have no doubt our University will emerge stronger, fairer, more welcoming, and inclusive, and in this way in greater alignment with our founding principles.