Renzhong Tan

Name pronunciation: Rhen-jhong tAHn |  Pronouns: she/they/ta/她

Renzhong Tan is the director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP). In their role, Renzhong manages programs, education, and leadership opportunities, and resources to enhance and create an inclusive campus environment that is supportive of global inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and access (GIDBEA)—while centering the needs of students of color and other historically marginalized student communities. Over the past five years, Renzhong has spearheaded Diversity Initiatives at NYU Shanghai. She has directed and implemented university-wide programs to promote diversity awareness, intercultural engagement, inclusion, and social justice from global and local perspectives. Renzhong has also created various learning opportunities that facilitate identity exploration and inclusive leadership development. They take special pride in empowering students in their advocacy and community-building endeavors. Through working with different stakeholders, Renzhong has deepened her commitment to radical and collective care, which she believes is essential to sustainable change-making.

Renzhong earned her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in international politics from Nanjing University, as well as an MA in politics from NYU. They were born and raised in China and spent two years living in New York. In 2020, amid the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Renzhong founded a transnational digital project, “unCoVer,” to promote awareness and solidarity.