Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, & Equity

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, & Equity

    At NYU Wagner, we know how important issues of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity are to 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 inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE) in public service and to bringing an IDBE 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

View NYU Wagner's IDBE Mission & Plan
Explore NYU's Global Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives

 IDBE Resources 


Message from Wagner's Diversity & Inclusion Officer (June 12, 2020)

Dear Wagner Colleagues,

These last few weeks, we have witnessed our nation's response to police brutality and racism against people of African descent. Some have been silent while others have publicly spoken out, protested in spite of the COVD-19 pandemic, and shown their support/allyship to the black community. There are some who despite having strong feelings about these issues, have not known how to lend their support to these very important issues. I attended a meeting yesterday with the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Initiatives and Monroe France, AVP for Global Engagement and Inclusive Engagement offered some advice on how people can take action:

  • For allies and those who are not of African descent, you can educate yourself about black history and racism. Learn about the issues and understand the impact in today's society.
  • Donate to organizations that have been actively engaged in eradicating racism, police brutality, and those committed to solving critical issues within the black community.
  • Support black-owned businesses. A number of outlets have curated lists (NY Magazine, Forbes, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Uber Eats, Yelp, Epicurious, Glamour Magazine, Vogue, Etsy and many more)
  • Show support to your black colleagues; check in with your black colleagues.
  • The Office of Global Inclusion has updated their website in response to recent events and you can learn more about anti-racism education, programs and resources here.

I received an email last week from the NYU Leadership Initiative and they offered a number of ways you can get involved including organizations to donate to, petitions to sign, and education. Resources and information can be found in the attachment. 

You can make a difference and you can contribute to change. Together we all can play a part in creating change.


Thank you,

R. Carmel Boyle-Lewis 

Director, Human Resources | Diversity & Inclusion Officer


NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

212-998-7489 (voice)


How Organizations Can Pursue Racial Equity

Professor Erica Foldy explains how organizations can pursue racial equity. Co-author of the book The Color Bind: Talking (and not Talking) about Race at Work, she is a frequent speaker at conferences and other venues.

Javon Robbinson (MPA Candidate 2021)

Knowing I am the first in my family to reach this level of education is my greatest source of motivation. I feel proud knowing my experiences at NYU Wagner will create a new cycle of academic success for future generations of my family. My journey to graduate school at an institution like NYU allows me to show my younger brother that with determination and resilience, no dream is out of reach.


Students in this course will explore the spatial aspects of inequality, including racial segregation, concentrated poverty, and government structure. Course materials will investigate the consequences of these inequalities for individuals, communities, and American society as a whole, as well as how these seemingly-intractable problems were created by and continue because of public policy… Read more

This course examines the nature and extent of poverty primarily in the U.S. but with a comparative perspective (developed countries in Europe). To start, this course will focus on how poverty is defined and measured. It will proceed to explore how conceptions of poverty are socially constructed and historically bounded; examine what the causes and consequences of poverty are and discuss how… Read more

The field of urban economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. Urban economics typically addresses four sets of questions, and this course is organized around these four areas. The first set of questions focuses on the development of urban areas. Why do… Read more

Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, & Equity Programming

Image of the WOMXN + POLITICS Flyer and a Screen Shot of the Panelists from the Zoom Event


On Tuesday, October 27, one week before the end of the 2020 election, Wagner Womxn hosted WOMXN + POLITICS, a panel discussion on the unique experiences of womxn in all aspects of the political sphere.

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Clinical Professor Martha Stark and Associate Professor Erica Foldy

Identity and Diversity in Public Service: The Personal, Professional, and Political

Martha Stark, Clinical Professor of Public Service and Chair of Wagner’s Faculty Diversity Committee, and Erica Foldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy and co-author of "The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work engaged in an intimate discussion on how identity impacts how we navigate through life and our roles as leaders in public service.

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Identity and Diversity in Public Service: The History and Context of Police Reform in NYC

Elizabeth Glazer, Director from the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice joined student board members for an hour-long discussion about the past, present, and future of police reform.

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Research and Publications