New York University & Diversity

Read our Employer Profile 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.

NYU offers a wide array of resources to uphold and advance our commitments.

Mentoring Program for Diverse Faculty

The Provost’s Office is committed to the success of faculty.  As one of several efforts to support our faculty, we have developed and implemented The Mentoring Program for Diverse Faculty, a formal faculty mentoring program where full-time junior faculty are paired with senior faculty who have volunteered to offer mentorship and constructive support in navigating the university and addressing professional needs. Research and practice both support the importance of mentoring during the lifecycle of faculty. Faculty from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups and those traditionally underrepresented in their field benefit from this additional opportunity to find mentorship and guidance from senior colleagues.

All junior faculty members are part of structured, formal mentoring and review processes already established by their department and school. The responsibility of regular performance reviews, guidance and feedback rests with department chairs and/or deans.

Participation in the program supplements departmental mentoring by offering a specific, university centered, culturally relevant model inclusive of topics most relevant to those who have been historically absent or silent in various fields.

Heritage Months

La Herencia Latina (Latino Heritage Month)
Held every November at New York University
La Herencia commemorates and promotes cultural diversity on campus through educational and social events, and creates an awareness of Latino culture and heritage. La Herencia also strives to identify and deal with the current challenges affecting the Latino community, as well as to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions made by Latinos. This annual celebration of Latino culture at NYU includes panel discussions, lectures, concerts, and other intellectual, social, and cultural activities throughout November.


African Heritage Month
Held every February at New York University
The nationwide celebration of African Heritage Month occurs during the month of February. Africa has given birth to many faces, voices, and colors. The overall goal of African Heritage Month is to inform the NYU community about the many cultures of the African Diaspora, their manifestations, and the issues within and around them.


Asian Heritage Month
Held every April at New York University
The purpose of Asian Heritage Month is to empower and to appreciate the strength, honor, beauty, and wisdom of various Asian cultures. It is dedicated to unifying the diverse Asian and Asian American groups on campus as well as in the surrounding communities. Asian Heritage Month provides the NYU community with a spectacular array of education, social, cultural, and political programs that will heighten the awareness of Asian and Asian American issues.


Shuruq Week
Held every March at New York University
Arabic for 'sunrise,' Shuruq is the Middle Eastern and Muslim cultural theme week at New York University. Perhaps no other area of the world is as publicized—or misunderstood—as the Middle East. Shuruq Week marks a celebration of diversity and recognition of the Middle East's many manifestations. The week seeks to bring peoples of Middle Eastern and/or Muslim descent together, increase awareness of the Middle East's religions and cultures within the NYU community, and foster an attitude of greater harmony and cooperation through the week's emphasis in the many traditions, languages, art, music, and literature.


Pride Month
Held every October at New York University
Pride Month is a celebration honoring the unique cultures and histories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people. The events planned for Pride Month unite, educate, empower and encourage all students to become more active citizens on campus and in local communities while increasing LGBTQ visibility. Programs include Opening Extravaganza, National Coming Out Day, Diva Ball, and many other discussions, lectures, performances, and social events.



Women's Herstory Month
Held every March at New York University
Women's Herstory Month at New York University is dedicated to promoting awareness of the broad spectrum of people's experiences as women. We seek to empower women from a variety of cultures and communities while continuing to create safe and inclusive spaces for all. This is a time where the NYU community can raise awareness and celebrate the spirit of women. The focus of Women's Herstory Month ranges from women's health issues to feminism and how it affects today's society.


Agape Week
Held every December at New York University
'Agape' is the Greek word for the sacrificial, unconditional love as seen in Jesus Christ. In celebration of this love, Agape Week has the dual purpose of 1) Unifying all of the Christian organizations on campus, and 2) Engaging the NYU community in a discussion about God, Christianity, and faith. Each event is planned with the participation of different fellowships, and may be intellectual, cultural, musical, and/or service oriented in nature.


Earth Week
Held every April at New York University
Earth Week recognizes, explores, honors, and celebrates our connections to the earth. Through a series of activities, panels, films, and lectures Earth Week is an opportunity for the community to learn about the important roles we play in our world.


Greek Week
Held every April at New York University
Greek Week provides an opportunity to unify the New York University community through promoting the values of leadership, service, scholarship, and friendship. The week includes speakers and discussions addressing important topics such as leadership development, LGBT awareness, and speaking out against domestic violence. Events also include community-building activities, community service opportunities, and stress-release programs. Participation in Greek Week offers opportunities to learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at New York University.


International Education Week
Held every November at New York University
International Education Week (IEW) is an annual joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The week-long program promotes exchange between nations and seeks to foster greater global awareness on campus and in the surrounding community. In recognition of this week, New York University actively incorporates a global perspective into both the academic and extracurricular programs offered throughout the community.



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