• Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

    At NYU Wagner, we grapple with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything that we do. It's a collective work in progress. By committing to it, we believe we can build better solutions to our toughest social challenges. 

NYU Wagner is committed to promoting the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in public service and to bringing an EDI lens to the various domains that shape our institutional culture and help advance our mission. We know that markers of difference 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.


We have a deep and long-standing commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As a school of public service, we embody these values through four domains:

  • Institutional practice
  • The educational experience
  • A diverse community
  • Wagner in the world

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Research & Publications

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Check Cashing

Cashing in on Distress

Professor Jacob Faber explores the link between widening inequalities and the expansion of check cashing outlets during the Great Recession.

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"We Can't Stop Neighborhoods from Changing"

Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen's research explores the impact of rising rents in major US cities, including New York. We caught up with Professor Ellen for a Q&A about this accelerated trend.

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What the Mass Deportation of Immigrants Might Look Like

In a published essay for Slate, Professor Natasha Iskander explores policy implications of what a mass deportation operation targeting Mexican immigrants might look like.

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Alumni in Action: Leading the Conversation about Race and Identity in Nonprofit Leadership

Alumni in Action: Sean Thomas Breitfeld (MPA-PNP)

After attending NYU Wagner, Sean became Co-Director of the Building Movement Project, which advances the potential for nonprofit organizations to have an impact in building movements for progressive social change.


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Race and Class in American Cities

This course explores how cities can use policy interventions to meet the challenges faced during urban transformation, given the backdrop of rising inequality and persistent racial inequity. The course explores how cities should think about job creation, education, housing, economic development, and everything that makes cities tick.

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Nonprofit Sector Analysis and Evolution: The LGBT Case

This course examines evaluation methods, tools, and consequences through the lens of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) arena. The course utilizes case studies, published articles and papers, and in-class conversations with those who are the subject of these evaluations—and those doing the evaluations themselves.

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International Health Policy and Prospects (Geneva, Switzerland)

The Wagner School Summer Institute brings together faculty and students from the United States and other parts of the world for an onsite exploration of international health policy and prospects in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Explore EDI resources available to the NYU Wagner community; discover ways to get involved in school initiatives and activities beyond campus; and gain a deeper understanding of the research and editorial content that informs equity, diversity, and inclusion discussions.  

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