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The Center's work with students

The Center seeks to engage students at NYU School of Law with critical issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging through coursework, a reading group, directed research opportunities, orientation programming, a student fellows program, and an annual speaker series.

Coursework

The Center offers an innovative year-long simulation course for upper-level students, Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion. The course aims to impart the knowledge and tools to shape inclusive workplaces of the future, as well as the skills to thrive in workplaces as they are today. It examines the conceptual underpinning of diversity and inclusion ideals and concepts such as “implicit bias,” “stereotype threat,” and “covering.” It also includes a practicum on topics such as written communication, negotiation, public speaking, time management, and professional etiquette, taught through a combination of traditional classroom instruction, guest presentations by leading practitioners, and skill-based exercises with feedback and opportunities for improvement. Read the course description.

Other courses relevant to diversity and inclusion offered at NYU Law include:

  • Affirmative Action Today
  • American Indian Law
  • Asian American Jurisprudence
  • Class and Inequality
  • Critical Narratives of Civil Rights
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Disability Law and Theory Seminar
  • Employment and Housing Discrimination Clinic
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • LGBTQ Rights Externship
  • Mental Disability Law
  • New York Civil Liberties Clinic
  • Racial Equity Strategies Clinic
  • Racial Justice
  • Racial Justice Clinic
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexuality and the Law

Browse the full list of available courses.

Reading Group

The Center offers a Diversity and Inclusion Reading Group for 1Ls. Read the description.

Directed Research

The Center offers supervision for student projects on diversity and inclusion for directed research credit. Contact the Center’s Executive Director, David Glasgow, if you are interested in conducting directed research at david.glasgow@nyu.edu.

Orientation Program

The Center launched an innovative theater-based diversity and inclusion program as part of the orientation schedule in August 2017, and will continue engaging incoming JD classes with diversity and inclusion issues at the outset of their time at the Law School.

Student Fellows

Student fellows have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the Center's work. Fellows may execute projects to make the Law School environment more diverse and inclusive; conduct research into topics of diversity, inclusion, and belonging under the guidance and supervision of Center leadership; contribute to the Center's sharing of expertise with external organizations; and assist with the Center's speaker series. Learn more about our current fellows.

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.


Avenues for Addressing Diversity and Inclusion Concerns

If you are experiencing an issue or have a concern relating to diversity and inclusion in the classroom, consider the following options:

  1. Consider raising the issue directly with the Professor. Consult the Inclusion and Diversity Committee's Creating an Inclusive Classroom (PDF, 1.8MB) tip sheet.
  2. Write anonymous feedback in the course evaluation.
  3. Contact the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (lindsay.kendrick@nyu.edu) or the Inclusion and Diversity Committee (diversity@mercury.law.nyu.edu).