Diversity is indispensable to NYU's pursuit of excellence.
– John Sexton, NYU President

Differences matter. Understanding this reality is one of the many factors that shape our approach to public service education at NYU Wagner. We know that race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status and many other aspects of personal identity shape the way we see the world, the way resources are distributed, the way policies are made, the way boundaries are drawn and the way institutions are managed.

NYU Wagner is not unique among academic institutions in acknowledging that differences matter. But we claim some distinction in how we approach these issues. In addition to robust efforts to attract and engage a student body diverse across multiple dimensions, we begin with an explicit focus on race during our overnight orientation for incoming students. Many Wagner courses explore issues of discrimination and access, disparity and equality, and exclusion and inclusion. We continue to develop workshops and gatherings focused on building our collective capacity to work across boundaries of difference and to promote social justice. We support both identity- and issue-based student groups, and the research of our faculty consistently addresses issues of inequity and disparity. The Dean's Office takes a leadership role in organizing efforts to deepen our understanding, create strategic partnerships, and expand the School's ability to be a leader in this work.

We also recognize that our work around diversity will always be a work in progress. And as a graduate school devoted to preparing the future leaders of institutions and organizations – for whom a diverse world is a given – we continue to reflect on our own practices in an effort to live up to our aspirations.

We invite you to join us in this effort.

Ellen Schall
Dean