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BlackRock’s corporate office located at 52nd and Madison Ave. NYU’s goal of sustainability continues to fall short due to its ties with the company. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Faculty say NYU enables BlackRock’s greenwashing

NYU’s sustainability goals are under scrutiny due to the university’s association with BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, a member of the NYU board of trustees whose company is accused of virtue signaling while profiting from billions in fossil fuel investments.
Sep 1, 2021

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s August 2021 report warns that climate change is the main cause of the extreme weather events — such as droughts, superstorms,...

Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, is invited to the NYU John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress. This has led to a protest as Uribe is linked to right-wing paramilitary groups, and was recently accused of inciting violence against Colombian protesters. 
(Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Protesters decry NYU event with former Colombian president

NYU’s Brademas Center invited Álvaro Uribe Vélez, a former president of Colombia, to speak at an NYU event about sustainability and climate politics. During the event, which met significant backlash online, more than 100 people attended a protest outside Bobst Library.
May 6, 2021

“NYU, NYU, genocide is on you!” Outside of Bobst Library, the chants of more than 100 protesters rang out against the virtual visit of former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe...

Police departments across the United States have joined the 30x30 Initiative, a research coalition affiliated with the Policing Project at the NYU School of Law, that aims to address women’s inadequate representation in police forces in an effort to curb police brutality. However, with cases like the killing of Daunte Wright by former female police officer Kimberly Potter some scholars and students argue that hiring more women will not address the structural flaws in policing. (Photo by Shaina Ahmed)

NYU Law Policing Project wants to curb police brutality by hiring more women

Scholars and students, however, argue that hiring more women will not address broader structural issues in policing.
Apr 27, 2021

Former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer Kimberly Potter shot and killed Duante Wright on April 11 after allegedly mistaking her gun for her taser. Former Dallas police...

NYU operates two campuses in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi. With the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, a new chapter begins for the two schools. (Staff Illustration by Jake Capriotti)

What the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE means for NYU

Ties between NYU Tel Aviv and NYU Abu Dhabi have always been close, according to university administrators and professors, but eased travel restrictions may make collaboration and cultural exchange even easier.
Apr 5, 2021

The Abraham Accords, brokered by the Trump administration and signed in August 2020, formalized the normalization of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates....

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.
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 Law is located at 40 Washington Square South. Linda Lacewell, an adjunct professor of the school,  is one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides accused of changing a state report to conceal the number of nursing home residents who died during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

NYU professor linked to Cuomo’s cover-up of nursing home deaths

An NYU Law professor who taught an “Ethics in Government” course is accused of altering the reported COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes as a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.
Mar 24, 2021

Linda Lacewell, the superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services and an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law, is one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top...