Global Inclusion and Diversity
NYU’s commitment to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity led to the creation of the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. As part of the Office of the President, the Office of Global Inclusion provides expert consultation, resources, and innovative strategies to help guide the University—and its uniquely global and diverse student, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni communities—toward a more inclusive future.
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OGI End-of-Year Reflect Back: Accelerate Forward
This annual event served as an opportunity to learn more about the OGI’s 2020–21 Academic Year, highlighting its efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across our globally networked university. Dr. Lisa Coleman shared updates about progress, upcoming work, and areas of focus around collective innovation, transformation, and action as we continue to prepare for the next academic year. (Recorded: May 4, 2021)
Statement on "Regarding Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict with Guidance and Resources" (4/16/2021—Updated 4/21/2021)
Dear Community Members,
The trial of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd coupled with additional recent murders of people of African descent and other hate and violence against Black and Indigenous people and people of color named or not in the media; disparities impacting intersecting marginalized groups; mass shootings; and the related barrage of media coverage—further deepen what many of us have already been feeling and experiencing—our communities are exhausted.
Beyond the ongoing challenges that COVID presents globally, there are unceasing, relentless, daily, persistent, pervasive acts of racism, xenophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, and many other -isms that continue to impact historically marginalized communities. The various forms of rampant racist violence, bias, and injustice against Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx communities, the rise of transphobic policies across the country, voter suppression, and other acts of systemic and systematic marginalization against certain groups of peoples and communities are simply unacceptable.
Regardless of yesterday's guilty verdicts in the Chauvin trial and his upcoming sentencing for murdering George Floyd and the pursuit of justice being sought in Daunte Wright’s killing and those of so many other people, and recognizing the grand jury decision not to charge the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor, the mass murder of eight people in Atlanta including six Asian women, and on and on—we know this violence and systematic and systemized oppression, unfortunately, continues to persist. We know there are many people and communities that have been impacted and subjected to assaults, violence, bias, and hate, and while some of this has been publicly acknowledged, frankly and unfortunately, there are many other instances that have gone unaddressed and unacknowledged. The Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI) acknowledges the communal pain, the anger, the enervation, and sadness across the aforementioned communities, and our team continues to engage efforts (including resources, guidance, and programmatic spaces) that center historically marginalized communities in all of our work.
While we certainly understand the importance of statements, which conceivably could be issued constantly given racist violence happening every day, this communication is also a reminder to the NYU community that OGI’s ongoing efforts center on action that is built in scholarly research and focused on accountability, transformation, and sustained action-oriented change.
We are thankful to all of our partners and for the support that so many are providing to one another across our NYU global communities. As we move into the rest of this semester, we would like to suggest a few ways that you might consider supporting yourself and your fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators, where appropriate:
- Acknowledge that current events have a significant impact on historically marginalized communities.
- Examples of acknowledgment could include verbal and/or written statements, creating spaces for conversation and time to reflect, process, and/or educate, and partnering with offices on programs and interventions. Please note: it is important to be intentional and thoughtful in work with community members and to address emerging concerns and needs.
- If there is a major event that could have a direct impact on your students or teams, consider beginning your first meeting or class with a moment of recognition, such as: “As your <insert: leader, professor, colleague, etc.>, I want to recognize that <insert topic> has occurred. I understand that many of you/us may be deeply troubled and experiencing pain, exhaustion, etc. Please know that you have my support, as well as the support of many across the NYU community. Also, please let me know if you need accommodations or flexibility with any work. I want to ensure you are seeking out the range of resources and support available to you across NYU. You can visit the OGI website where you can find links to a plethora of resources and links to other offices that can assist you across NYU <of course refer to as many resources as you might see fit>.”
- Be mindful of the ways in which student group activities, classroom assignments, work tasks, and Zoom camera expectations may need to adjust or account for these needs (e.g., where possible—offer flexibility on deadlines, adjust meeting time and focus, record sessions, etc.).
- UPDATED: Utilize resources and past programs offered through OGI to educate yourself and share with others for continued learning:
- Post-Verdict Student Reflection Space: Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT
- Post-Verdict Faculty & Staff Reflection Space: Friday, April 23, 2021 from 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT
- Anti-Racism Education, Programs, and Resources
- OGI’s previous statements related to ongoing acts of violence that have been posted on our website
- Curated YouTube Playlists of past events and conversations
- President Hamilton’s Statement on the Verdict
- As part of this educational institution, leverage other educational resources available to you on- and off-campuses—including our extraordinary institutes and centers—to research histories, legacies, and present-day realities of -isms globally.
- Engage with broader NYU global community resources; practice self and community care and note these selected resources:
- Advocacy Tips and Resources (including protest tips and organizations/social media accounts to follow)
- Spiritual Life Advisors and Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga
- Wellness Exchange
- Student Health Center
- Employee Assistance Program
- Office of Work Life
- Student Life Staff
- Residence Life staff
- iLearn for our employees
As our community moves into the next week with anticipated verdicts etc., we hope you proactively connect with the aforementioned resources along with others available to you. As always, members of the OGI staff are working tirelessly in support of all of our global communities. We also encourage you to continue to visit our website to receive that the most up-to-date information about upcoming events and programs and subscribe to OGI newsletters through which we highlight new resources and rerelease pertinent program recordings for our community to utilize today, next week, and beyond.
Taking action during these turbulent times requires each of us to work closely with our fellow NYU community members. No one strategy or action will erase violence, racism, and oppression; it will take accountability, ongoing collective efforts and actions, innovations, and cross-generational engagements to make substantive, transformational, and sustainable change.
—Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation
Within the Office of the President
Statement on "Mass Killing in Atlanta and Continued Anti-Asian Racism and Hate Violence" (3/17/2021)
Last night, in Atlanta, there was another mass shooting in the United States, in which at least eight people were murdered, six of whom were of Asian women, and another attack in New York City against an Asian Person. First, we state again that we unequivocally and firmly repudiate actions and racist statements against Asian communities and remain in solidarity with our Asian/Pacific Islander/American community members. We recognize and acknowledge the deep fear that our students, faculty, staff, alumni and their communities are experiencing, and how alarming this ongoing violence is. We have been aware of the rise in anti-Asian bias incidents in New York City since the onset of the pandemic; this is an issue we take very seriously, and one to which we are committed on multiple fronts. We remain committed to taking actions that demonstrate our unwavering support.
OGI is working diligently in solidarity with our partners across NYU to take action through a variety of strategies and efforts, including developing and providing resources and supports, designing programs and educational opportunities, consulting with schools, units, and departments on their efforts, etc.
Most immediately, in response to last night’s mass murder and continued anti-Asian violence, the Office of Global Spiritual Life, in partnership with OGI and many other offices, is hosting a Vigil for Atlanta Shooting Victims and Victims of Anti-Asian Hate Violence from 4:00 - 5:00 EDT today, March 17, 2021 (note this vigil has now passed). In addition, NYU’s APA Institute's event with Ai-jen Poo tonight will be refocused to address the horrific and tragic events of last night, and the not new, but horrific continual violence against Asian communities (note this event has now passed). OGI’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs will also continue its outreach and support to student groups. Institutionally, we ask that everyone report any incidents of anti-Asian violence or abuse to the NYU Department of Public Safety, NYU Office of Equal Opportunity, and NYU’s Bias Response Line, so that we can take immediate action. Finally, as mentioned in a recent communitywide email from members of NYU’s Senior Leadership Team, “NYU continues to offer a host of supportive services to all those who seek this kind of support, from mindfulness classes to access to counselors. The Wellness Exchange; the Employee Assistance Program; the Student Health Center; the Office of Global Spiritual Life; the Office of Work Life; the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation; Student Affairs staff; Residence Life staff; webinars and courses offered through iLearn for our employees on handling change, as well as other offerings, and your dean’s offices, all stand ready to support you.”
In partnership with NYU’s Department of Public Safety, NYU has been monitoring incidences of anti-Asian activity on campus as reported through NYU’s Bias Response Line. While there has not been an increase in bias response reports among members of our community, given the situation in New York City and the rise of anti-Asian violence, we must remain particularly vigilant. We also understand that this data does not reflect the magnitude of the pain, distress, and terror that many both inside and outside of the NYU community are experiencing. The current trend of anti-Asian racism has deeply rooted historic legacies that we continue to address at NYU in our efforts to realize equity across institutional global communities.
Of course, as I mentioned before, OGI is not acting alone; throughout this year, and currently, we continue to work in tandem with our colleagues throughout the University - including the Center for Student Life, the Office of Equal Opportunity, Health and Wellness teams, the Office of Public Safety, faculty in various academic departments (in particular the Asian/Pacific/American Studies department), our colleagues at NYU Shanghai, and external advocacy groups like ASCEND - to confront this challenge and educate the community at large about this concerning national trend.
We also want to again remind our community of the following information and resources:
- Statement on Anti-Asian Violence from the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Faculty Members of Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Asian Studies, and Asian Diasporic Studies
- President Hamilton’s institutional statement on anti-Asian hate (03/17/2021)
- OGI’s statement addressing Surges in Anti-Asian Racism (2/16/2021)
- OGI’s statement on Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia from 4/20/2020;
Resources: In addition to these listed statements, having recognized the need to support our various community members, we and others across the schools have been curating a range of events, resources, toolkits, and partnerships internally and externally, as well as learning and development opportunities, to further engage in anti-racism work, education, and dialogue. The following resources are distributed on our websites, leaders, and partners across various school units, departments, and their Global Inclusion Officer(s):
- Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: Statements, Scholarly Articles, and Responses (updated periodically)
- Anti-Racism Education, Programs, and Resources (updated periodically)
- Messages of support and resources from the NYU A/P/A Institute, A/P/A COVID Updates.
Programs: We continue to share program recording from last Spring (May 4, 2020), Coping with & Contextualizing Anti-Asian Racism & Pandemics, to provide historical understandings and provide wellbeing strategies for these challenging times, as part of our NYU BeTogether initiative and work with others to sponsor ongoing programming such as those listed below.
NYU Returns Coronavirus Hub Website: This site was created to meet the enormous demand for information around our pandemic response operation - includes a special section on the bottom of the homepage that addresses those who may feel “ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease” and encourages the reporting of these incidents.
We in OGI are deeply concerned about the ongoing racism, xenophobia, biased actions, and the hostile sentiments directed towards those who identify as Asian here in the United States and elsewhere. We remain vigilant and encourage all members of the NYU community to report incidents, avail themselves and make others aware of the educational and other resources available, support one another and give individuals time to process, be aware of the impact this is having on so many, and take action to address issues of racism and xenophobia when they occur.
Statement on "Addressing Surges in Anti-Asian Racism—A Message from OGI" (2/16/2021)
Dear NYU Community,
Given recent occurrences and instances of ongoing xenophobia and racism directed toward members of Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities, we are writing to ensure you and members of your NYU communities are aware of some upcoming programming, resources, and updates, as well as some recent legislation.
Before sharing more, in case you are not aware, February 12, 2021, was the beginning of the Lunar New Year—the Year of the Ox; we hope everyone continues to take good care as this new cycle begins. Please take a moment to review this celebration that took place at NYU Shanghai to celebrate the Lunar New Year, along with this video message from NYU-Shanghai.
As Dr. Coleman wrote in April 2020, we in OGI continue to stand in solidarity with our Asian/ Pacific Islander/ American community members, and firmly repudiate anti-Asian actions and racist statements that have harmed members of these communities. We encourage you to visit the OGI website to review the full statement issued by Dr. Coleman in April 2020 and to utilize some of the resources listed, including the panel discussion Coping with and Contextualizing Anti-Asian Racism and Pandemics. We also hope you get involved with upcoming opportunities and resources such as:
- ASCEND’s 2021 Lunar New Year Celebration on February 17, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EST. (You can also follow ASCEND through their website.)
- Mending in Ongoing Crisis: Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Voices and COVID-19 on February 22, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EST. (Presented by NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute. For a complete listing of programs, you can visit A/P/A Institute’s website events page website.)
- Transnational Feminisms and Reimagining in (Post) COVID World Conference on February 26, 10:00 a.m.–4:40 p.m. EST. (Sponsored by NYU Womxn100; NYU OGI; NYU CSGS; NYU’s A/P/A Institute; SouthAsia | NYU; and the New York Center for Global Asia.)
- NYU’s New York Center for Global Asia hosts a variety of programs such as the upcoming program in April (Dates TBA) called Show Me a Mountain: The Jamaican Chinese Community.
- OGI Anti-Racism Resources [webpage] (that continues to be updated periodically), Toolkit for Navigating Difficult Conversations Related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism [PDF], and OGI Resources for Addressing Anti-Asian Racism [webpage].
- For additional programs from NYU Shanghai, please visit the NYU Shanghai Events Calendar.
In addition, the Biden administration issued the Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States on January 26, 2021. This memorandum was issued to specifically address the unfortunate and ongoing xenophobia, violence, and racism directed toward members of the API communities; please share with members of your local communities, units, departments, and schools.
Finally, we would like to thank our partners in Shanghai, the Center for Global Asia, the NYU A/P/A Institute, and others in the NYU community for their leadership, and want to highlight again messages of support and resources that are circulating to counter the misinformation that has been mobilized to create environments of bias, hostility, and antagonism. We continue to work in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to address intersectional issues of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, ableism, antisemitism, islamophobia, ageism, classism, between and amongst communities, and also to highlight opportunities to be accountable to one another as we build community together. We hope that you will join us in supporting members of our API communities, and we hope to connect with you at upcoming events and programs.
Wishing everyone the continued best,
Office of Global Inclusion Team
Statement on "Reflections on NYU MLK Week and the Start of Black History Month from Dr. Lisa Coleman" (2/1/2021)
Dear Members of the NYU Community,
I am wishing you a successful start to the Spring 2021 Semester, and as always, I hope that you and your loved ones continue to take care as we navigate today, and what lies ahead. February 1st, 2021 is the start of NYU’s 16th Annual MLK Week commemoration during which we hope you will join us for some unique events and collective learning opportunities. It is also the beginning of what has been designated as Black History Month. As I prepared for this week and month, I have been reflecting deeply on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this year’s MLK Week theme, “Chaos or Community?,” and all that we have and continue to confront across the globe. As we enter into these commemorations, I wanted to take some time to share thoughts about the chaos we have experienced, but also about community and our future together.
I will not be so bold as to say that I know what MLK, Jr. might do or say today; I, like others, can try to interpret his legacy through his teachings. Some of my takeaways are that we must continue to boldly call out and address ongoing injustices and travesties, including the relentless assaults on the civil rights of some and the obvious disparities that we have all witnessed over these last months (in some ways crystallized by the January 6th insurrection). As we highlight Black history, some of my lingering questions are: in all that we continue to witness, why does it take the death of BIPOC persons, and brutality and violence depicted in the most gruesome ways, for there to be the acknowledgment of and action against racism (even when the documentation, research, and evidence for decades are clear)? Why does it take the horrific and over-the-top spectacle of and visual images of Black death to get any reaction from general society? Why is there very little recognition of the enduring trauma and fear that Black communities experience as a result of ongoing assaults?
Before, during, and since the time of MLK, Jr., we have witnessed systematic killing and oppression of historically marginalized racial and ethnic communities, recharged xenophobia, the rise of terror, redlining, racism and its intersections embedded in the fabric of our institutional contexts, and on, and on. We have witnessed that, even when discussing the ways in which some lives matter and others do not, the disparate impact on indigenous communities, women, LGBTQ+ persons, some religious groups, and people with disabilities is often treated as taboo, divisive, too bold, or too radical to mention; and, far too often specific voices are continually silenced. Today, despite the many people who are focused on COVID-19 with great dedication, we (members of historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities) have and continue to experience willful negligence in addressing a pandemic that has exacerbated inequities and ravaged historically marginalized communities through the compounding disparities that continue to impact particular populations.
However, amid all of the aforementioned, I am reminded that we have also witnessed joy, excellence, brilliance, scholarship, advocacy, courage, innovation, and radical accountability. No matter how small at times, there continues to be a light —a collective of community action— emerging through the chaos. It is this burst of collaborative engagement that inspires me to do more, to work, and to recommit myself to the possibilities and processes of global higher education—to learning and the dissemination of research, to working with new generations as we build on the work of those who came before us, to creating new leadership pathways, to taking action that transforms “what was” into “what can be." It is possible to move out of chaos. We can collectively move toward a community that acknowledges our differences rather than obliterating them or one another. We can continue to educate about our histories and take action. We can develop concrete strategies to innovate and re-imagine a world where we focus on ensuring everyone can thrive, and not just survive.
To close this reflection, I have been thinking about how many have referred to our current reality as a “new normal.” I think we might have the opportunity to reconsider our histories of so-called normal and make change. Perhaps we need a “new different”—new possibilities, new opportunities, new ways of recognizing disparity and terror, new ways of “doing” based in research and action. For me, leadership is about transformation (taken from the South African notion of transformation in the post-apartheid period), moving from chaos to community— not a space of false optics, but rather a nuanced and generative space for the proliferation of community with varying ideas that are contested, and sometimes debated, not to annihilate but instead to create new, different ways of being and doing.
Perhaps then, in this “new different,” members of historically marginalized communities will be recognized for their gifts, and ongoing benevolence—understood to be solutions rather than problems to be fixed or patronized; allowed to partake in the immense civil and human rights afforded to others in the fullest extent; and, celebrated for the tremendous contributions to society they have made and continue to make in the face of adversities. So, again, while I don’t know what Martin Luther King, Jr. would do or say, his work demonstrates that we must take action, we must work together, and we must love one another with a radical love that ignites equity and engages radical accountability.
“ ...it must frankly be said… (they) are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”
I hope that you will join us in taking action to engage the complexity of community and the non-sanitized legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we move out of chaos toward communal change and our collective “new different.”
Lisa Coleman, PhD
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Read NYU's full Diversity Statement
NYU is committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values – in all their facets – are, as President Andrew Hamilton said, “…not only important to cherish for their own sake, but because they are also vital for advancing knowledge, sparking innovation, and creating sustainable communities. They should be indispensable elements of an NYU education on all of our campuses. A diverse population encounters and appreciates all perspectives of an issue with a wealth of different approaches to confront it. The result is a higher quality of debate, and a more excellent and advanced academic enterprise.”
NYU’s past is not without blemish when it comes to its commitment to diversity and inclusion; in spite of some strides since NYU’s founding, we have fallen short. Awareness of this history makes us more committed to taking concrete steps to build an institution that truly recognizes the contributions of all its members.
As NYU’s Provost, Katherine Fleming, said in a September 2016 equity, diversity, and inclusion event, “NYU Together”:
“Cosmopolitanism at NYU doesn’t simply mean that we should have as diverse a student body, a faculty, and a staff as possible – obviously, we should have all those things. But once such a diverse group comes together and forms a community, it is not sufficient for everyone here to feel as though they contributed as part of ‘this category’ or ‘that category.’ Instead, we ought to work hard to make this a community where everyone has a truly cosmopolitan mindset – as part of the broadest possible understanding that we can have about what humankind is. And to really make diversity, equity, and inclusion come about, we have an obligation to make all people feel comfortable in that space, because we have defined our community in the broadest possible way.”
NYU faculty, students, administrators, and staff should be fully committed to a vision of equity, diversity, and inclusion at NYU that encompasses that idea, and that by being in some of the world’s greatest and most diverse urban centers, NYU has an opportunity to lead. Such a commitment in word and in deed would be in line with NYU’s mission, history, understanding of excellence in the 21st century, and our aspirations to produce leaders in all fields.
In New York and on its campuses and locations throughout the world, NYU is committed to:
- fostering intellectual inquiry, research, and artistic practices that respectfully and rigorously take account of a wide range of opinions, perspectives, and experiences.
- promoting an inclusive community in which diversity is valued and every member feels they have a rightful place, is welcome and respected, and is supported in their endeavors.
- developing and supporting programs and policies that measurably improve NYU's record of attracting and retaining students, as well as hiring and promoting faculty, administrators, and staff from historically underrepresented communities.
- building structures that promote inclusiveness and equity for all members of the NYU community, especially our colleagues from marginalized groups.