Leadership

Kenji Yoshino

FACULTY DIRECTOR

Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the faculty director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. A graduate of Harvard (AB summa cum laude), Oxford (MSc as a Rhodes Scholar) and Yale (JD), he specializes in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature. He received tenure at Yale Law School, where he served as Deputy Dean before moving to NYU.

Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Yoshino is the author of three books. His fourth book (co-authored with David Glasgow), Say the Right Thing: How to Talk About Identity, Diversity, and Justice, will be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2023.

Yoshino has served as the President of the Harvard Board of Overseers. He currently serves on the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, on advisory boards for diversity and inclusion for Morgan Stanley and Charter Communications, and on the board of his children's school. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Peck medal in jurisprudence, and the University's Distinguished Teaching Award.

He lives in Manhattan with his husband, two children, and a Great Dane.

 

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

David Glasgow is the executive director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and an adjunct professor of law at NYU School of Law. In his role at the Meltzer Center, he develops and executes educational programs on diversity and inclusion for internal and external clients, coordinates a speaker series and other events on contemporary diversity and inclusion issues, and manages the center's general operations. He has co-taught courses at the Law School on leadership, diversity, and inclusion, and has co-authored a book with Kenji Yoshino, Say the Right Thing: How to Talk about Identity, Diversity, and Justice, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2023. David graduated with a BA in philosophy and an LLB (First Class Honors) from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from NYU School of Law, where he received the David H. Moses Memorial Prize and the George Colin Award. Prior to joining the Meltzer Center, he practiced employee relations and anti-discrimination law in Melbourne, Australia, and then served as an Associate Director of the Public Interest Law Center at NYU School of Law.

 

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THEATRE DIRECTOR

Schele Williams is a director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work with authentic representation on stage and off. Profiled in Variety’s Top 10 Broadway to Watch, she is currently directing the upcoming Broadway revivals of Aida (Disney Theatrical Group) and the Wiz as well as the premieres of Mandela the Musical and Indigo, and co directing The Notebook premiering at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in fall 2022. She will also be helming Hidden Figures, currently in development (Disney Theatrical Group). Schele has directed at regional theaters and festivals across the country and has a long history of work on Broadway in Rent, Aida, and Motown: The Musical. Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele is a founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization committed to dismantling systemic racism on our streets and stages. She has been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices for over two decades and serves as Chairperson of the Board, and also serves on the board of Broadway Care Equity Fights AIDS. Schele is     the author of the children’s book Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History, recipient of a 2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book honor.

 

Shirley Dang

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Shirley Dang is the assistant director of program initiatives for the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network (BWLN) at NYU School of Law. She has been with the Meltzer Center since its inception in 2016 assisting the directors with event planning and administrative matters. She has prior professional experience working in education and medical nonprofits, and managing grant portfolios for a philanthropic fund. She holds a BA in Asian and Asian American Studies from Stony Brook University, a MA in International Education from NYU Steinhardt, and a MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management specializing in social impact, investment, and innovation from NYU Wagner.

 

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Claire Whitman is the assistant director of strategic and student initiatives for the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network (BWLN) at NYU Law. She has been with the BWLN since its inception in 2018 and joined the Meltzer Center in December 2022. She came to the Law School in 2015 as leadership initiatives coordinator; in this position, she helped implement a wide range of leadership programming, including workshops for students and law firms, as well as conversations with notable guest speakers. Prior to NYU Law, Claire spent three years working as the assistant to the president of a small cultural nonprofit in New York City before attending graduate school. She graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in politics and received an MA in political communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently pursuing an advanced certificate in management for public and non-profit organizations at NYU Wagner.

 

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Gabriel Delabra is an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law where he teaches the course Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion with Kenji Yoshino. Gabriel is a graduate of NYU School of Law (cum laude) where he was an AnBryce Scholar and executive editor of the NYU Law Review, and Haverford College (BA in Political Science, cum laude). Gabriel is currently an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and will be clerking for Judge Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in fall 2023.

 

 

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Jessica Moldovan is an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law where she teaches the course Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion with Kenji Yoshino. She previously served as a Research Fellow at the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Before joining the Meltzer Center, Jessica clerked for the Honorable Cheryl Ann Krause on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Allyne R. Ross on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She has worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Educational Opportunities Section. Jessica is a graduate of NYU School of Law where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for her contributions to the law school (Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, cum laude), Trinity College Dublin (MPhil in Gender & Women's Studies as a George Mitchell Scholar, First Class Honors), and Yale (BA in History, magna cum laude). Jessica is currently an associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.