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NYU’s LGBTQ+ Center and Global Spiritual Life hosted Black trans activist and award-winning writer Raquel Willis for a panel discussing excellence in the Black trans community. During the panel, Willis spoke about her recent projects that aimed to humanize trans victims of violence and discrimination. (Image via nyu.edu)

Black trans activist Raquel Willis talks resistance and remembrance

NYU’s LGBTQ+ Center began Trans Awareness Week with a panel featuring Raquel Willis, an award-winning writer and activist.
Kristian Burt and Suhail Gharaibeh Nov 16, 2021

Activist and writer Raquel Willis joined NYU’s LGBTQ+ and Global Spiritual Life centers Monday evening for a panel discussion about her views on activism and spirituality as...

NYU Langone Health has announced a new “Cultural Heritage Day.” The announcement comes after Langone did not include Juneteenth, a federal holiday, on their 2022 calendar. (Photo by Nina Schifano, Staff Illustration by Jake Capriotti)

Instead of Juneteenth holiday, NYU Langone offers employees a ‘Cultural Heritage Day’

NYU Langone Health announced a new vacation day, which they are calling “Cultural Heritage Day,” after employees pointed out that the medical center’s 2022 holiday calendar did not include Juneteenth.
Abby Wilson, Staff Writer Oct 29, 2021

Juneteenth, a federal holiday on June 19 commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, is not included on NYU Langone Health’s 2022 holiday calendar. Instead, the medical...

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $750,000 to NYU and the University of Waikato. This grant funds a project that aims to protect the cultural knowledge and heritage of Native Americans, Māori and other First Nations communities. (Photo by Lauren Sanchez, Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Grant awarded to NYU-University of Waikato Indigenous studies project

The Equity for Indigenous Research and Innovation Coordinating Hub, a partnership between NYU and the University of Waikato, received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lauren Ashe and Joyce Li Oct 21, 2021

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded NYU and the University of Waikato, located in New Zealand, a two-year $750,000 grant for a project aiming to protect the cultural heritage...

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer was chosen as this years NYU Reads selection. Members of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU have said that the university has failed to include them in the conversation about the reading. (Staff Photo by Sirui Wu)

Indigenous students demand visibility after being snubbed at NYU Reads event

Despite continuously contacting the university before an NYU Reads event, the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU was left with only a few hours to prepare.
Rachel Cohen, Deputy News Editor Oct 8, 2021

Members of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU said they were not invited to participate in a community event about “Braiding Sweetgrass,” a book by Indigenous...

On Sept. 28, NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion held a community update webinar. During the event, OGI outlined its plans for each of its six initiatives: Disability Inclusive Culture, the Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, the LGBTQ+ Center, Global Faculty Engagement, Global Leadership and Strategic Innovation & Partnerships. (Photo by Lauren Sanchez)

Office of Global Inclusion announces new plans to advance diversity and inclusion

In a Sept. 28 webinar, the OGI shared inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and access initiatives for the 2021-22 academic year.
Joyce Li, Contributing Writer Oct 4, 2021

NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation announced plans to increase accountability, promote collective action, and advance inclusion, diversity,...

As the idea of critical race theory enters the political mainstream, state legislatures are clashing over what should be taught in K-12 classrooms. While some states have banned such curriculum, NYU students and faculty have encouraged similar discussions in university classrooms. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

‘A political football’: NYU faculty grapple with nationwide vilification of critical race theory

In recent months, legislation seeking to ban the framework from being taught in K-12 public schools has been introduced in 26 states and enacted in twelve.
Rachel Cohen, Deputy News Editor Aug 25, 2021

Amid a period of racial reckoning, critical race theory — a legal framework developed 40 years ago that analyzes how racism is not just the product of individual bias or prejudice,...

NYU Politics Professor says “I do not believe there is widespread anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S.,” then asks for a retraction.

NYU Politics professor denies anti-Asian sentiment then asks for retraction

For the second time in a year, a professor at NYU’s Politics Department expressed unsubstantiated beliefs about race in America. Now he’s requesting a retraction.
Suhail Gharaibeh, Staff Writer Apr 26, 2021

NYU politics and economics professor David Denoon was quoted in the weekly business publication Nikkei Asia earlier this month. After saying that he does not believe “widespread...

Asians in the United States are wrestling with anxiety and fear following a surge in anti-Asian violence in New York City and across the United States. In light of this continuing spike, Stern alumna Gloria Li, is offering high school, undergraduate and graduate students a platform to share their stories as members or allies of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and to brainstorm solutions to combat anti-Asian violence via the #StopAsianHate Essay Contest. (Photo by Sirui Wu)

#StopAsianHate Essay Contest aims to amplify AAPI student voices

Organized by a Stern alumna, the competition seeks to connect students with Asian American leaders and raise awareness of anti-Asian violence.
Nina Huang, Staff Writer Apr 22, 2021

The #StopAsianHate Essay Contest, organized by Stern alumna Gloria Li, is offering high school, undergraduate and graduate students a platform to share their stories as members...

Images from a recent protest against Asian hate in the Lower East Side. At NYU, an Asian student group is offering self-defense training to Asian students through Northwestern’s Karate Club. (Photo by Sirui Wu)

NYU student groups organize against anti-Asian hate

An NYU Asian student group offered self-defense training to Asian students through Northwestern’s Karate Club. Meanwhile, an international student group is spreading awareness of anti-Asian hate crime victims and ways to financially support them.
Roshni Raj, Deputy News Editor Apr 15, 2021

When CAS junior Yijie “Frank” Huang saw plans in late March for rallies in response to a surge in violent anti-Asian hate crimes, he created a WeChat group to encourage his...

This is an image of NYU students Incarceration to Education Coalition protest during 2017 Weekend on the Square. Since then, the university still has not shown coordinated effort dedicated to documenting its ties to chattel slavery, including the history of enslaved and more recently wrongly incarcerated people on campus grounds. (Photo by Natasha Roy)

SCA students argue for reparations at NYU

Six students in the Justice Lab course wrote an open letter to NYU leadership demanding they take concrete actions to address the lasting effects of slavery.
Suhail Gharaibeh, Staff Writer Apr 8, 2021

An open letter drafted and signed by six Justice Lab students demands that NYU implement reparations for Black students and communities affected by the legacy of chattel slavery...

Three weeks ago, local police detained and released nine NYU Shanghai students in two separate drug sweeps. NYU Shanghai intends to establish a safety task force (Photo by Echo Chen)

Police detain and release 9 NYU Shanghai students in drug sweeps

Three weeks ago, Chinese police detained nine NYU Shanghai students in two separate drug sweeps.
Ruqaiyah Zarook, Staff Writer Apr 5, 2021

Nine NYU Shanghai students were detained in two separate drug sweeps conducted by local police in Shanghai on March 12. Two students were taken into custody at a local bar, and...

NYU will soon welcome the new class of 2025. Admissions rates have continued to drop each year. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

NYU acceptance rate drops to 12.8%

The university released admissions decisions for the Class of 2025 earlier this week, offering around 13,000 applicants a spot at NYU and welcoming its most diverse class yet.
Arnav Binaykia, Deputy News Editor Apr 2, 2021

The undergraduate acceptance rate for NYU’s New York City campus dropped to 12.8%, according to admissions decisions for the Class of 2025 released Wednesday, March 31. This...