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Letter from Monroe France, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity

Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, and Supporters,

I want to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and surrounding communities for the support and dedication that has carried us to the end of our semester, and here we are, at the end of yet another successful academic year!

The 2015-2016 year has been a dynamic year for the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, LGBTQ Student Center, and NYU Student Affairs, full of successes, challenges, new beginnings (and some endings, too), but most importantly, broader horizons.

Warm congratulations to our May 2016 graduates as they move on to their bright futures; and a round of applause for our current and returning students for finishing courses, class projects, and finals, and for supporting our Student Diversity staff members by participating in our programs.  

We appreciate the many amazing interactions and powerful conversations we were fortunate to have with so many of you this year; your continued interest and participation has helped bring our community together to rejoice shared triumphs, reflect on lessons learned, and continue laboring to create a socially just community at NYU and beyond. We have witnessed a global surge in Islamophobia; the eruption of college campus activism in the United States and globally; continued national activism in response to systemic racism and bias, particularly police brutality; judicial verdicts from the cases of Eric Harris, Matthew Ajibade, and many others have shaken us to our core. In light of these and many other experiences and moments from this past year, we hope to continue to come together in coming years, and prioritize steps we can take collectively to make our communities as inclusive as they should be.

Programming is the cornerstone of all our social justice and diversity initiatives; we commend the following programs and initiatives, and thank our University and community-wide partners for making these wonderful events not only possible, but amazing hits as well:

   • Fall and Spring Students of Color Leadership Retreats
   • NYU MLK Week (The largest university-wide MLK Week Marquee Event at NYU!)
   • The Peer Impact Program
   • Cultural Commencements:
          Black Graduation          
          Latinx Graduation
          Native and Indigenous Students Graduation          
          The Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Graduation  
   • Community Forums on Equity and Justice
   • Significant Expansion of our Diversity Education and Training partnerships

Finally, I’d like to share some of our visioning moving forward; the following announcements are initiatives that we hope to introduce this coming Fall semester, or are already underway:

   • Expansion of center space in the 2016-17 academic year - that will include a larger student lounge and programming space and       conference room
   • During the summer construction, you can find the staff in our temporary space on the 7th Floor of Kimmel in the Katzell Lounge       outside of CSALS. A huge thank you to the CSALS staff for housing us during the summer!
   • Additional staff positions: Associate Director for Diversity Education and Training, and Director of CMEP that we anticipate will         be joining us over the summer
   • The addition of a therapist that will work within CMEP part-time starting Fall 2016
   • Over the summer, we are assessing our current initiatives and exploring new possibilities; We welcome any suggestions           you have!

Congratulations again to our graduates; we look forward to hearing from you! To our returning students, we will see you in the Fall, and hope you will continue to support our efforts as we work towards a better NYU and a better world.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer, 

Monroe France, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity

Call for Fall 2016 Social Justice Education Sessions


We are currently scheduling all of our Fall 2016 Social Justice Education Trainings!

In addition to our 3 campus-wide sessions of Diversity Zone, DREAM Zone and Disability Zone, CMEP also offers free social justice trainings and workshops to the campus community upon request.

Our hands-on, interactive trainings provide participants with tools and information to practice more effective allyship and to connect issues of identity, diversity and social justice to their everyday life. Through storytelling, reflection, group exploration, and discussion, participants leave with a better understanding of social identities and systems of power, privilege, and oppression. CMEP trainings build full-time and student staff capacity in fostering a more inclusive campus environment; serve as co-curricular opportunities for academic departments; and provide foundational and relevant knowledge around identity, diversity and social justice for any campus organization.

To request a training for your office, program, and/or department, please fill out this form by Monday, August 1st, 2016.

Please note that any training needs and requests submitted after Monday, August 1st will be accepted on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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NYU MLK Week: Beyond a Dream
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NYU Portraits 2014
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The Fire This Time: Ferguson and the Future of Race in America 
Ally Week 2016
Feat. NYU President Andy Hamilton

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