NYU FAS Diversity Statements – Information for Applicants
At NYU we are committed to inclusive excellence. Diversity is foundational to scholarly excellence and critical to developing pathways to training for students traditionally underrepresented in the academy and/or particular disciplines. The diversity statement offers each applicant the opportunity to highlight their past, present and future contributions to creating inclusive excellence.
We recognize that local contexts vary across departments and disciplines and that contributions to diversity may take many forms. Efforts to cultivate inclusive excellence might include, for example, creating opportunities for students, faculty and staff traditionally underrepresented in the U.S. academy and/or particular disciplines; public or primary school outreach (particularly to underserved communities); contributions to diversity of thought and perspective; efforts to increase inclusion and equity at the university or in the local community; as well as one’s own life experience.
Below are a few examples of contributions to diversity that might be developed in a diversity statement. These lists are by no means exhaustive. Your statement might expand on how you have gone about:
Fostering inclusion and building pathways in your discipline by
- Creating an inclusive and accessible classroom/course (including developing your own skills for so doing)
- Working with campus organizations that support underrepresented, first generation, differently abled or non-traditional undergraduate or graduate students
- Developing discipline or area-specific pathways to majors for such students (e.g., Women in Science)
- Mentoring individual students, faculty or staff from diverse backgrounds
- Training international students or mentoring faculty from developing countries
- Working with your national scholarly organization on diversity, inclusion or equity issues
Broadening the influence of your work for the public and enhancing underserved communities by
- Participating in K-12 classroom, museums or other afterschool programming aimed at fostering general education, excitement, and possibility (particularly in underserved populations)
- Providing apprenticeships and internships for pre-college students
- Participating in prison education or other adult education programs that serve under-resourced populations
- Developing educational programming thru the media or social media
- Bringing results of research back to local or international communities
- Participating as a ‘public intellectual’ on timely issues
- Engaging in community activities around education, social justice, equity, and inclusion.