Engaging with the NYU Community
Trustees are a significant leadership presence at NYU. With more than 60 active members, Trustees are deeply engaged with the University and the schools in a variety of ways and are committed to exploring additional opportunities to hear from and learn with NYU faculty, students, and staff.
Over the years, Trustees have taken on a wide array of roles. Some serve on school advisory councils or boards; others mentor students or teach as adjunct professors. Trustees are often called upon to serve on committees that advise on scholarship recipients or meet with students seeking to pursue careers in their fields.
I wanted to do something meaningful that could consciously refocus impact on institutions that were serving a higher purpose—that’s what got me to NYU. For example, at Tandon, we have a high percentage of first-generation families, a high percentage of students on aid, 43 percent women in the entering class.... We are not just changing individuals' lives. We’re changing generations.
I was the first in my family to attend college and obviously the first in my family to attend law school.... I said to myself, if I ever had the opportunity to help somebody from humble beginnings to fully appreciate the law school experience, I would do that.
I feel that a Trustee should really serve the University community, which includes students, alumni, faculty, staff, administration.... understanding their needs and making education accessible to all.
I think we all try our hardest to give back to the school. We see ourselves as part of a continuum—we’ve gotten from the University and we give back to the University, and that's of great importance.
—Phyllis Putter Barasch