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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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our OGI Virtual Community Update on August 25, 2020. This event served as an opportunity to learn more about OGI’s 2019-20 Academic Year highlights including all summer programming; current OGI diversity inclusion and equity (DEI) work; efforts to scale anti-racism education, programs, and ongoing supports; and OGI’s approach for Academic Year 2020–21.
The recording is now available on OGI's NYUStream Channel. Please note you will need an NYU email to access the video.
Recent Announcements and Select Statements
Guidance Regarding September 22, 2020 EO on Race and Sex Stereotyping (10/6/20)
Dear NYU Community Members,
As many know, Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (EO) on September 22, 2020. We are aware that countless members of our community are deeply troubled by this EO, and related events over the last weeks, months, and yes, in many instances years/decades. Since the EO was published, we have also been in communication with our peer institutions, as well as representative organizations such as the AAU and ACE*, to monitor developments.
As we come to better understand the EO as an institution, we unequivocally state that NYU is not pulling back on diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), anti-racism, anti-sexism, and related efforts. We will continue to move forward in our university-wide work and recognize and underscore academic research that enumerates the disenfranchisement and disparate treatment that historically marginalized communities have had to bear.
Continue Reading: Guidance Regarding September 22, 2020 EO on Race and Sex Stereotyping (10/6/20)
As a university with campuses and sites all over the world, it is important to note that a central purpose of our NYU global DEI education is to learn about differentiated cultures, histories, peoples, and relevant power relationships through transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary research and scholarship, as part of our collective work to make our global institution more inclusive and equitable. Therefore, even as the University evaluates the recent EO, be assured that we are steadfast in our advocacy for our research, education, learning, pedagogical, and co-curricular efforts that advance DEI and will continue in the University’s efforts to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all members of our global communities.
The EO contains requirements with respect to certain workplace trainings for federal contractors and their employees, which become effective in November. Until then, we will continue to monitor developments and update the NYU community as needed.
In the meantime, NYU community members can review University Guidance Regarding Recent Presidential Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (requires NYU log-in credentials).
Information will evolve in the coming weeks and months, and we will continue to keep our community informed. We encourage community members to continue the important global DEI work across departments, areas, and units.
Please contact the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or follow-up. Thank you to all members of our community for your ongoing hard work and commitment to inclusive excellence and equity at NYU.
All the best,
Lisa Coleman, PhD
Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation
*Additional ACE communications regarding the Executive Order
- Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Department of Justice's Lawsuit Against Yale University (October 8, 2020)
- ACE, Higher Education Groups Support Princeton in Federal Inquiry After University Acknowledges Systemic Racism (September 30, 2020)
- Trump Administration Seeks to Restrict Student Visas to a Strict Two- or Four-Year Timeframe (September 28, 2020)
Events & Engagement
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Are you interested in getting involved with the Office of Global Inclusion programming and events? OGI is always looking for innovative individuals with a passion for strengthening inclusivity and diversity within our NYU community and beyond!
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.