Who We Are

The Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging seeks to do paradigm-shifting work at a critical time in history, in which rapid demographic changes are creating increasingly diverse national and global communities. Responding to the unique challenges and opportunities of this moment, the Center aims to advance interdisciplinary legal scholarship on diversity, inclusion, and belonging; support the Law School community as it strives to live up to those values; and share expertise with the broader world through targeted engagement with public and private institutions.

While it originated in civil-rights law, the field of diversity and inclusion has in recent decades moved into other disciplines. The Center seeks to revive its legal roots, and the Law School provides a natural home for that aspiration. NYU School of Law has been a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion as one of the first law schools to admit women, to implement a non-discrimination policy on the basis of sexual orientation, and to function as part of a global network university. The Center builds on these proud traditions.

The desire to belong and to be fully included in society is a universal human trait. The Center aims to maximize the potential of every individual to flourish, with a particular focus on those who, historically and in the present day, have been impeded in their quest for belonging.

Video: Kenji Yoshino on why the Center is launching at a critical time

Speaker Series

The Center offers an annual speaker series featuring leaders from academia and the public and private sectors on a range of topics relating to diversity and inclusion.

Speakers for the 2017-18 academic year are:

  • Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita at UC Berkeley Sociology Department and author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (2016) [November 6, 2017]
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court [February 5, 2018];
  • Chris Hayes, Emmy Award-winning host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and author of A Colony in a Nation (2017) [March 22, 2018]; and
  • Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University and author (with Anthony Greenwald) of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (2013) [April 12, 2018]

Our inaugural 2016-17 speaker series was generously sponsored by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, DLA Piper, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Click here to learn more about the Center's speaker series.