The residential college allows students to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small community while still enjoying the exciting cultural and scholarly resources of a large university and global city; the result is a striking level of spirit, allegiance, and powerful sense of community at NYU.
The Residential College is comprised of two buildings but is unified as one community. Once Goddard residents finish their first year in the Residential College, they may elect to join a group moving to Broome, where they have the option of remaining affiliated with the Residential College for all four years (and beyond, as alumni).
These Streams are attached to a “Writing the Essay” Course but you do not necessarily have to be enrolled in the course to be a participant in the stream.
All the World's a Stage - Performance and spectatorship play a huge role in our daily lives--whether we're seeing a play on Broadway, playing a video game, or just trying to take a good selfie. The goal of All the World's a Stage is to turn students into omnivorous spectators – adventurous, thoughtful audience members willing to see, understand and enjoy a range of performances that could include: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway; new plays, new films, old films; operas, modern dances, improvised comedies, filmed performances, performative restaurants, burlesques, competitive poetry slams, drag shows, hipster storytellers, avant-garde art installations, interactive media arts, games, and concerts; we might even throw in some sports! Theater, dance or film training isn't required; but a desire to expand your idea of art – of what it can be, where it can take place, and how it can bleed into your everyday life – is.
Creators and Innovators - You just moved to New York City. Now that you are here, what are you going to make? Over the course of the year our stream will explore some of the creative industries that flourish in this city and we'll meet some of the creators who make NYC such a dynamic place. In our quest to see how creators are creating New York right now, we’ll visit artists’ open studios and galleries, we’ll tour community hackerspaces and independent presses, we’ll look behind the scenes at fashion shows, film sets and tech startups. Along the way we’ll talk to artists and curators, entrepreneurs and inventors, designers and chefs about how they got their start and what goes in to incubating the next big idea. We'll also see some shows (contemporary dance, theater and music), eat some great food, and even spark our own creativity by taking an artist-taught class or two. This stream aims to get you thinking about how artists, makers and innovators make their work in New York City, and what they need to do / put in place for their work to meet the public.
Global New York - New York City has long been called a "melting pot," an energetic utopian experiment that celebrates and thrives on the interaction of an array of cultures and lifestyles. In every borough, every neighborhood, and on practically every street in NYC rich immigrant histories live amidst the origin stories of artistic and social movements. Global NY stream members will regularly explore the city, its fabled icons and its more obscured intersections, through an inter-national lens. From a tour of Jackson Heights where Spanish and Bengali take precedence over English in daily street-life, to indulging in authentic Sichuan or new fusion cuisine (think Korean BBQ tacos), to experiencing film, theater, and music from around the globe, students will actively engage with the living and ever-changing city we share at this moment, while thinking about how to collectively participate in shaping its future. Through ongoing dialogue and joint programming with local organizations, Global streamers will become stakeholders in the future of NYU, but also in the life of the city, helping to shape a New York which offers yet more tolerance, more equity, more safety and more opportunity for all people. Along the way students will explore--and become advocates for--Global Citizenship, an idea that humans across nations, religions, and ideologies share a human bond and responsibility for each other that transcends our differences.
Inequality & Difference: A Tale of Two New York Cities - In 2013, Bill DeBlasio kicked off his successful mayoral campaign by announcing: “This is a place that in too many ways has become a tale of two cities, a place where City Hall has too often catered to the interests of the elite rather than the needs of everyday New Yorkers.” But who are “everyday New Yorkers,” and what does it mean to be “elite?” Students who join the “Inequality and Difference” stream will commit to considering the many types of privilege and marginalization at work in the city NYU calls home, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual identity, ethnicity, income level, education, and immigration status. Stream members will build a community dedicated to understanding inequality, and will collaborate with each other, Res Life staff, and faculty to identify and take part in meaningful outreach activities such as food distribution, public school integration, and prison reform efforts. By the end of the academic year, stream members will be experienced advocates for social justice, and will have identified issues and organizations that matter to them, and with which they can continue to be involved throughout their time at NYU.
Goddard Hall is the University's only Residential College for first-year students, located right on Washington Square Park--literally steps away from three different dining halls, Bobst Library, most classrooms, and the Kimmel Student Center. The Residential College at Goddard is organized around the vital theme of citizen engagement--think volunteering, social entrepreneurship, civic spirit, and the like.
Our 200 residents (we're the smallest first-year residence hall) affiliate with one of six themed streams. In each stream, NYU faculty experts organize dozens of events like free Broadway shows, talks by visiting notables, and behind-the-scenes tours of NYC institutions like the UN, Stock Exchange, Metropolitan Opera, and on-line 'zines just now coming into existence.
The Artistic Process - New York City is the creative epicenter of some of the greatest artistic industries in our world. Home to thousands of art galleries, dozens of museums, hundreds of theaters, and beauty around every corner, New York is an artist’s paradise. This stream will explore the creative and artistic world through the city’s eye. Events may include: conversations with artists, theater & music performances, experiencing art through museums, artisan markets, walking tours, and more.
Body, Mind & Food - In a world of over 7.5 billion people, there is one common denominator: FOOD! Foundationally, food is the nourishment our bodies need to grow and maintain life. However, food is much more than just that. Through this stream, food is our avenue to learn, explore different cultures, and contribute to our holistic well-being. Events may include: volunteering at sustainable farm operations, shopping at local farmer’s markets to create meals, visits to local restaurants as exploration of culture, lessons in cooking and baking, and dialogues about food justice and food insecurity.
Global Impact - What makes New York City the dynamic home to over 8.5 million people from around the world? Through the Global Impact stream, you will have the opportunity to explore past the concrete jungle and bright lights. Digging deeply into NYC’s rich history, infrastructure, and global impact, we can understand how New York has evolved into a global city. Stream events may include: exploring local governments, exploring the history of NYC, walking tours of NYC neighborhoods, discovering local eateries, and learning about local history and its impact on the world.
Global Laboratory - Have you ever wondered why something works the way it does? Or maybe you’re just interested in learning about the next BIG thing? Come explore the science of New York City and experience this living laboratory. From museums and exhibitions to the streets themselves, there are countless opportunities to observe science in the city. Past stream explorations include the Body Worlds: Pulse Exhibit at Discovery Times Square, documentary screenings, Interstellar in IMAX, the Museum of the City of New York, a talk by Bill Nye, an Eco-Cruise in the New York Harbor, the New York Transit Museum, a STEM career panel, a hiking trip, and more. Come explore the scientific wonderland that is New York City!
Leadership in Action - If asked to define leadership to others, what would you say? Chances are, each Broomie will answer that question differently. The possibilities are endless, and while we know that ethical and inclusive leadership is crucial to our world, we all enact it differently. For those interested in exploring leadership personally, professionally, and in our community, this stream is designed for you. Stream events may include: exploring and defining your leadership style, engaging in thoughtful dialogues with leaders from a diverse array of fields through field trips and guest speakers, navigating the complexities of diversity and leadership, learning about various NYU resources and programs focused on leadership, and book clubs on leadership in various industries.
Media & Justice - Media has an astronomical influence on our society in both magnificent and problematic ways. The way we share and receive information, ideas, and truth deserves constant examination. Designed for Broome’s journalists, activists, filmmakers, graphic designers, writers, and more, as a member of this stream you will be immersed in a collaborative, creative environment as we navigate and explore how media and communication affects our culture and society, and vice versa. Events may include: documentary screenings, museum visits, and interactive experiences.
Broome Street is the Residential College for upperclass students, located in the heart of Soho. The Residential College at Broome Street has two principal aims: 1) To bring residents into closer intellectual and social contact with one another and with faculty and 2) To bring residents into a more intimate relationship with the surrounding city – including neighborhood communities, cultural institutions, and historic traditions.
In addition to leading occasional outings for cultural events in the city at large, the Faculty Fellows in Residence will have a regular round of programs in the building to help facilitate relationships among residents. Each resident will also be assigned to a specific programming “stream” according to their expressed interests which will serve as a home base for participation in the community.