Supporting Our Community


Sometimes tragic events occur that deeply affect members of the NYU community. NYU Responds offers different modalities to gather and mourn, process, or commemorate. Any student(s) can request that the Division of Student Affairs organize a vigil, community processing space, community gathering space, or teach in. 

What is a Vigil? A vigil refers to an in-person gathering, unless otherwise specified, to mourn or commemorate a tragedy. Vigils take place on the Kimmel steps and are arranged solely through the Center for Global Spiritual Life.

What is a Community Processing Space? A facilitated space for community members to process tragedies or hard periods through discussion and dedicated silence. Community Processing Spaces are open to all members of the NYU community and typically held virtually.

What is a Community Gathering Space? A facilitated in-person gathering space for those NYU members directly impacted by a tragedy. 

What is a Teach In? - These are intentional, educational learning spaces to allow for deeper dialogue on a recent issue. These educational responsive programs help the community learn more about a critical topic and are typically grounded in Restorative Practices.

If you would like to request a vigil, community processing space, community gathering space, or teach in, please fill out the NYU Responds Request Form.

The University reserves the right to deny a request for a vigil and/or community space. For questions, please email