As the summer winds down and we look towards the start of a new academic year, it is my pleasure to announce that after a rigorous national search, the position of Director for the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) at NYU has been filled! Please join me in welcoming the newest member of the CMEP family, incoming Director Leah Lattimore! After months of identifying and interviewing many exceptional candidates from across the country, I am proud that the perfect candidate was already an established community leader in our home institution!
Leah has had an incredibly fulfilling yet unconventional career journey, a fact she relates to encourage people to follow their dreams and passions while also cultivating skills that are transferable across different career fields. She worked with CBS Broadcasting, Inc. as an editor and with Citigroup Inc. as a recruitment coordinator before returning to NYU at the helm of the 2008 financial crisis, which motivated her to refocus her career to directly impact the success of students in higher education.
Leah, currently Senior Director for Employer Relations at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, has been a strong advocate for diversity and social justice across NYU and its global sites for the entirety of her academic and professional careers. As an undergraduate English major in NYU-CAS, she was heavily involved in diversity programs and initiatives and led her student peers by example consistently. She returned to NYU in 2008 as a dedicated and inspiring student affairs professional and an invaluable source of professional counsel, helping students gain direction and real-world experience and opportunities. Leah has served on numerous diversity committees at NYU, most notably on the committee responsible for NYU MLK Week, one of the university’s most important celebrations. When NYU Shanghai was founded in 2012, she worked to establish and support the NYU Shanghai Career Development Center, a vital step taken by the university to continue to increase the opportunities available to NYUs international student population, both stateside and abroad.
Her work truly speaks for itself, a true Bobcat through and through. I will leave you with a statement from Leah herself:
The word ‘excited’ does not fully capture my feelings around becoming the Director of CMEP! I find it fitting that the 2016 MLK Week theme was “There Comes A Time…” as I believe this is my time to give back to an institution that has been so influential in my development. Social justice, diversity, and education have been consistent threads in my journey and to be able to combine my interests, skills, and passion in this way is a dream come true. Building on the Center’s incredible work and delivering on its mission to enhance the NYU experience by fostering a more inclusive, aware and socially just community is my top priority and one that I enthusiastically embrace. I hope to connect with you more in the coming months and look forward to officially joining the team on September 1st.
Once again, join me in warmly welcoming Leah to her new post, and in celebrating a new and robust chapter in our center’s history.
The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs is currently hiring for a number of positions including Associate Director and Graduate Student Employees. Click the image for more information on position requirements and how to apply!
CMEP is currently undergoing an exciting expansion of our office space and will be in a temporary space for the summer. Please find us in the Katzell Lounge, located on the 7th floor of Kimmel, Monday through Friday from 9 AM-5 PM. We anticipate returning to the 8th floor in mid-August.
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 email@example.com.