The Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging offers rare expertise at the intersection of two fields: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and the law. A research center at one of the world's most diverse academic institutions, we aim to advance thought leadership on DEI and the law; support the NYU Law community; and share knowledge with external organizations.

What Makes Us Different

  • We know the law. At a time of significant legal attacks on DEI programs, we help build legal literacy in the DEI profession and advance DEI solutions that account for emerging legal risks.
  • We strive for the universal. Understanding that universal programs are both legally sound and achieve wide support, we focus on DEI frameworks that build a culture of inclusion for people of all identities and backgrounds.
  • We combine rigor and practicality. While dedicated to research-backed approaches to DEI, we develop all our ideas through engagements with organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, professional services firms, and leading non-profits.

Uncovering Culture Report 2023


Deloitte’s DEI Institute™️ in collaboration with the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at NYU School of Law announces Uncovering culture, a study that explores how US workers “cover” or downplay parts of their identities to fit in and its impact on commitment, performance and well-being—and therefore organizations’ capacity to thrive.

This report comes 10 years after the first and reveals that despite organizations’ increased DEI efforts, 60% of respondents reported covering at work in the last 12 months, nearly the same (61%) as in 2013.

Read all our findings and discover how leaders can reduce the demand many workers feel to cover and move towards cultures of greater authenticity and belonging.