About the Center

Video: Kenji Yoshino on the mission of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


The Center creates a hub for faculty and students pursuing research on issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Its initial research focus was on the concept of “covering”—an area of scholarship pioneered by the Center’s faculty director, Kenji Yoshino. However, the Center welcomes any scholar working in the field broadly defined. In particular, it invites students to integrate such work into their academic careers through course offerings and directed research.

Fostering an inclusive Law School community

A commitment to belonging begins at home. The Center seeks to apply research-backed insights to the Law School community to make it a place where every student can thrive. In addition to providing formal research and learning opportunities, the Center will involve the community through extracurricular activities, such as a reading group and a speaker series.

Transforming the world beyond our community

Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are among the core issues of our time. A rapidly increasing number of institutions are grappling with how to foster these values for their people. The Center seeks to contribute to that broader national and international dialogue by sharing academic and tactical expertise to advance our common goals.

Relationship with other Law School initiatives

The Center complements the work of the student affinity groups (ALSAs), the Coalition on Law and Representation, the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network, the Inclusion and Diversity Committee, the Office of Student Affairs, and other key institutions within the Law School.

Office or Initiative Role within the Law School
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Shapes and advances diversity and inclusion initiatives and serves as a consultant, advocate, and institutional resource. Reports directly to the Dean (lindsay.kendrick@nyu.edu).
Dean of Students (Student Affairs) Provides support to student body through advising and counseling on academic and non-academic matters, consulting on reasonable accommodations, sponsoring programs and events to promote an inclusive environment and working to create a greater quality of life for a diverse student body (lindsay.kendrick@nyu.edu).  
Inclusion and Diversity Committee Addresses policy and structural issues to foster and support diversity and inclusion at NYU Law (erin.murphy@nyu.edu)
Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Advances interdisciplinary scholarship on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and seeks to apply best practices internally and externally (david.glasgow@nyu.edu
Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law Seeks to shape how we understand, diagnose, and address issues of race and inequality, through research, teaching, and commentary (vincent.southerland@nyu.edu)
Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network Identifies the unique structures that hold women back professionally and promotes women's leadership both in law school and beyond (abigail.seidner@nyu.edu)
Career Services Committee Implements NYU Law's non-discrimination policy regarding recruitment of students for summer and permanent employment (irene.dorzback@nyu.edu)
Community advisors Peer leaders in NYU Law's residence halls who serve as program planners, mediators, crisis responders, and community builders (mahchau@mercury.law.nyu.edu)
Student organizations Offer peer support, events, mentorship, networking, and more