Global Inclusion and Diversity
NYU’s commitment to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity led to the creation of the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. As part of the Office of the President, the Office of Global Inclusion provides expert consultation, resources, and innovative strategies to help guide the University—and its uniquely global and diverse student, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni communities—toward a more inclusive future.
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New Biden Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity Revokes Trump Executive Order 13950 (Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping)
January 25, 2021
President Biden, on his first day in office, issued the new Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. The order contains various elements, including revocation of the Trump Administration's Executive Order 13950 on Race and Sex Stereotyping that outlined requirements with respect to certain workplace trainings for federal, contractors, and their employees.
We, in OGI, are beyond pleased with this development as potential barriers or hurdles in providing essential and ongoing DEI learning opportunities to the NYU community have been removed. Over the next weeks, we will be working with NYU Leadership to update our guidance related to the revoked executive order and meeting with Global Inclusion Officers to recalibrate. At NYU, we remain steadfast in our advocacy for our research, education, learning, pedagogical, and co-curricular efforts that advance DEI and access efforts and will continue in the University’s efforts to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all members of our global communities.
As 2020 closes, we in OGI share our deepest thanks and appreciation for your partnership as we have confronted such unprecedented and painful times together.
Learning from the challenges 2020 has brought, we have continued to advance DEI excellence at NYU and beyond in partnership and collaboration.
From NYU BeTogether, to ongoing educational opportunities, to action planning and implementation; we will begin 2021 continuing to innovate, act, and transform—together. During the break, please consider checking out our 2020 program recordings (review a recap of selected programs), and submitting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award (due Jan. 5) and the Patricia M. Carey Changemaker Award (due Jan. 11) ahead of NYU MLK Week 2021.
We hope that you take time to rest, relax, and recharge over the break. Thank you again! Please continue to take good care.
Dr. Lisa Coleman and the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation
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Read NYU's full Diversity Statement
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:
- fostering intellectual inquiry, research, and artistic practices that respectfully and rigorously take account of a wide range of opinions, perspectives, and experiences.
- promoting an inclusive community in which diversity is valued and every member feels they have a rightful place, is welcome and respected, and is supported in their endeavors.
- developing and supporting programs and policies that measurably improve NYU's record of attracting and retaining students, as well as hiring and promoting faculty, administrators, and staff from historically underrepresented communities.
- building structures that promote inclusiveness and equity for all members of the NYU community, especially our colleagues from marginalized groups.