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Graduate Student Programming


The Graduate Student of Color Socials bring together graduate students across disciplines to mix, mingle and build community! These monthly socials are hosted by NYU CMEP in collaboration with other campus partners. All are welcome to attend - more info below!

The Graduate Students of Color Dinner Series allows for an intimate opportunity for informal conversations between faculty of color and graduate students of color over dinner. Graduate students hear from a faculty member about their individual journeys and experiences in navigating academia and other professional arenas. Space is limited - visit to RSVP now - more info below! Faculty members interested in participating should contact Selima Jumarali at

CMEP's Graduate Drop In Hour
Mondays 5:00PM-7:00PM, starting 9/15, CMEP Lounge, Kimmel 806
Start your week off with CMEP’s Graduate Student Drop In Hour! Meet up with CMEP's grad student employees to hang out, take a break, or study over some refreshments. Hope to see you on Mondays from 5PM-7PM!

These programs are in partnership with the Office of Graduate Student Life at the Student Resource Center.

Graduate Student Socials

Graduate Students of Color Social

Friday, September 19th | 5:00PM-7:00PM | Kimmel 907

This Social will feature clubs and organizations from graduate schools across the university, including Wagner’s International Students Society (WISS), Steinhardt’s Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the NYU School of Medicine’s Black & Latino/a Student Association (BALSA) and more! Visit to RSVP now!

LGBTQ Graduate Students of Color (& Allies) Social

Thursday, October 23rd | 7:00PM-9:00PM | West 3rd Common, 1 W 3rd St.

Connect with queer grads of color and their allies from across academic disciplines over food and fun activities, including a drawing for the chance to win free movie tickets. Learn about popular places and activities for QPOCs in the city through speed- friending! This Social is in partnership with CMEP and the LGBTQ Student Center. Questions? Contact!

Graduate Students of Color Social

Thursday, November 20th | Time TBD | Negril Village, 70 W. 3rd St

This Social includes complimentary appetizers, drink specials and hot music!

Graduate Student Dinners

Wednesday, September 24th | 5:00PM-7:00PM | Featuring Dr. David Kirkland & Dr. Kimblery DaCosta| RSVP via!

  • David E. Kirkland is a transdisciplinary scholar of English and urban education, who explores the intersections among urban youth culture, language and literacy, urban teacher preparation, and digital media. He analyzes culture, language, and texts, and has expertise in critical literary, ethnographic, and sociolinguistic research methods. He has received many awards for his work, including the 2008 AERA Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award and was a 2009-10 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and is a former fellow of NCTE' Cultivating New Voices. Dr. Kirkland has published widely. His most recent articles include: Black Skin, White Masks: Normalizing Whiteness and the Trouble with the Achievement Gap (TCRecord), English(es) in urban contexts: Politics, Pluralism, and Possibilities (English Education), and We real cool: Examining Black males and literacy (Reading Research Quarterly). He is currently completing his fourth book, A Search Past Silence, to be published through Teacher College Press Language and Literacy Series. Dr. Kirkland believes that, in their language and literacies, youth take on new meanings beginning with a voice and verb, where words when spoken or written have the power to transform the world inside-out.
  • Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a sociologist, is especially interested in the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book, Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007), explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently working on a study of the advertising industry and the structural, economic and cultural dimensions of ethnic marketing. Before coming to NYU, Professor DaCosta taught in African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University. Professor DaCosta’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Advertising Educational Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches courses on race in different societies, families, and consumerism in international perspective. Professor DaCosta is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Individualized Study and Associate Dean of Students at the Gallatin School.

Tuesday, October 7 | 5:00PM-7:00PM | Featuring TBD

  • TBD

Wednesday, November 5 | 5:00PM-7:00PM | Featuring TBD

  • TBD

  • Michael Dumas, Assistant Professor | Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Shankar Prasad, Clinical Faculty | Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Professor and the Director, Doctoral Program |Silver School of Social Work
  • Ann Morning, Associate Professor |Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Robert Teranishi, Associate Professor | Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Millery Polyné, Assistant Director | Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Alejandro Velasco, Assistant Professor | Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Kimberly DaCosta, Associate Dean of Students, Associate Faculty | Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Alexander Santiago-Jirau,
  • Deirdre A. Royster, Associate Professor | Department of Sociology
  • Jason King, 
  • Meleko Mokgosi,
  • Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Charlton McIlwain,
  • Ngina Soyini Chiteji,
  • Piper Anderson,
  • Sophie M. Balzora,
  • Edward Fergus,



If you have questions or you need more information contact Selima Jumarali at or 212.998.4324. 

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