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NYU Global Leadership Summit 2017

Leadership for Justice: Engaging Communities, Transforming Policing


“And though we may be uncertain about the greater meaning of the recent tragedies, we can be sure of what we must do in response: summon our courage, be generous with our compassion, stand by our principles, aspire to learn and understand what we can from these terrible occurrences, and demonstrate our determination to change things – because things surely cannot be permitted to go on as they are.”
- NYU President Andrew Hamilton, The Recent Incidents of Violence Across the US, July 8, 2016
"We commend those who are helping the nation understand the importance of coming to terms with the legacy of racial oppression and its consequences for the criminal justice system. This is a historical imperative of the first order. As an educational institution, we are especially impressed by the young people around the country, of all races, who have raised their voices for justice. Like generations before them, they are eager to improve the world."

-John Jay President Jeremy Travis, Important Announcement to the College Community, July 12, 2016  
May 18-20, 2017, New York City

The 2017 Summit brought together 50 undergraduate students from New York University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice for a three-day intensive leadership development program in New York City. At the Summit, students were invited to think critically about a challenge facing their global community and develop the leadership skills needed to take action and create meaningful impact. The challenge we explored at Summit was "Leadership for Justice: Engaging Communities, Transforming Policing."

The Summit, hosted by the NYU Leadership Initiative, the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, Global Spiritual Life at NYU and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, offered students an opportunity to examine, from a systems perspective, policing practices and their impact on the communities they serve. Students then considered the role of inclusive leadership in achieving justice.

Students participated in conversations with speakers representing diverse perspectives on this issue, peer-to-peer learning and hands-on skill-development workshops to advance their capacity for leadership. As part of the program, students worked on a real-world challenge proposed by the Vera Institute of Justice and Performing Statistics and generated ideas to advance their mission and goals.