Our mission is to reduce social and economic inequality by engaging in transformative scholarship and service and by developing a next generation of scholars and leaders seeking to understand and combat inequality.


Our collaboration with other universities and partners in government, business and nonprofits allows us to foster student, faculty, and staff commitment to social impact. We capitalize on NYU’s size, “can do” ethos, global footprint, urban lens and commitment to the highest quality standards of scholarship and service to fight inequality and its root causes and improve people's lives.


We’ve been working to create proactive communities of scholarship, policy, and practice that foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Together, we enhance our collective responsiveness to systemic racial and economic inequality across key areas central to the lives of all Americans.

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Research Spotlight


The Cross Cutting Initiative for Inequality is managed by Charlton McIlwain and the Center for Faculty Advancement in partnership with the Office of the President, and NYU schools and faculty.

Ellen Schall

Senior Presidential Fellow; Dean Emeritus of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Erin Godfrey

Director of NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change; Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Michael Lindsey

Participating Faculty; Executive Director of McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research; Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at Silver School of Social Work

Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development; Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication