The Center for Multicultural Education & Programs seeks to create meaningful partnerships with community based organizations. Past partnerships have included Urban Word NYC, Hip-Hop Association, Voices and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.
For a schedule of past Hip-Hop Theater Festival events click here.
Recognizing New York University’s mission of public service and the Division of Student Affairs hallmarks of learning, diversity, and community, the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (aka, the Center) created the Hip-Hop and Pedagogy Initiative in the fall of 2007. The Initiative began after a successful Welcome Week Event focused on hip-hop and education, and later grew into a working pedagogy group comprised of NYU faculty, administrators and staff, which eventually included community based non-profit leaders, graduate and undergraduate students. The Initiative serves as an umbrella for the NYU community for hip-hop programming and events, and offers cutting edge resources and referrals for academic based hip-hop courses and trainings. Read More
Beyond being a $5 billion+ industry, Hip-Hop is a cultural phenomenon that speaks to the experiences of disfranchised and underrepresented urban youth worldwide. When teachers weave hip-hop with literacy, math, science, debating, and conflict resolution, Hip-Hop connects and empowers students to become socially engaged. To intervene in the drop out crisis and provide effective affordable assistance to failing schools, the Hip-Hop Education Center (H2ED Center) for Research, Evaluation and Training was formed to fully promulgate and explore the potential of Hip-Hop pedagogy. Officially launched in June 2010 under the auspices of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University, and a generous donation from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Center strives to inspire and educate a new wave of educators, teaching artists, researchers, administrators, policymakers, social entrepreneurs and funders to work together to build up the fledgling field of Hip-Hop education. Read More
The Social Justice Expo is organized like a science-fair exhibition but of student action projects drawing students and educators from all over New York City. After several months of analyzing pressing social issues, students will share their findings and network with other young researchers and organizers, college students, community leaders, foundation representatives, and elected officials. The Expo will showcase the breadth and depth of research and organizing among New York City youth on a wide range of topics, including immigration, teen pregnancy, the environment, gun violence, tolerance, discrimination, poverty, housing, and education. Read More