Differences matter. Most academic institutions acknowledge that aspects of personal identity—whether race or gender, religion or sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic status or disability—shape our experiences on a personal and institutional level. But at NYU Wagner, we grapple with issues of diversity and inclusion in everything that we do as students, alumni, and faculty. This immersion ensures that as future and practicing public service leaders, we fully grasp how these issues both affect public policy and are shaped by it.

Diversity: At NYU Wagner, it's a collective work in progress. By committing to it, we believe we can build better solutions to our toughest social challenges.

A Diverse Student Body

It starts with admissions: We make robust efforts to attract and engage a student body that's diverse across multiple dimensions—age, race, nationality, experience in work and life. Every student brings something unique to the conversation. 

Diversity and the Wagner Experience

Your NYU Wagner student experience starts with a focus on identity and diversity at the New Student Retreat. Throughout the year, we design special events and gatherings that build our collective capacity to work across boundaries of difference and promote social change. Courses, students groups, research—issues of diversity and inclusion permeate our world.

Diversity and Institutional Practice

Our efforts around diversity will always be a work in progress. And as a graduate school that prepares future leaders to make an impact where diverse populations are a given, we continue to reflect on our own practices.


Take a deep dive into diversity issues that our faculty members study—inequalities and disparities, access, social justice, markers of difference. Select from among a range of courses taught by faculty whose focused research informs the syllabus and enriches classroom discussion.

PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2112, Women and Men in the Workplace
PADM-GP.2129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.2135, Talent Development - Understanding Human Resources
PADM-GP.2407, Advocacy Lab: How to Make Change Happen
PADM-GP.2416, Segregation and Public Policy
PADM-GP.2444, LGBTQ Issues in Public Policy
PADM-GP.2445, Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
URPL-GP.2452, Transforming Cities: Public-Private Partnerships, Public Spaces, Politics & the Press
URPL-GP.2608, Urban Economics
URPL-GP.2620, Race and Class in American Cities
URPL-GP.2670, Land Use, Housing and Community Development Seminar
PADM-GP.4116, Participatory Policymaking
EXEC-GP.4129, Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.4129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
EXEC-GP.4129, Race, Identity and Inclusion


Students from diverse backgrounds come together for social, academic, and career support in groups that are identity- and issue-based.


As faculty members, our research consistently addresses diversity in every area of impact. See diversity-focused research and projects.