HISTORY OF CAS JEDI COUNCIL
In June of 2020, Dean Gene Jarrett, Dean of CAS, issued a statement acknowledging the horrific period NYU’s global community faced and called for support of the CAS community. Following several meetings with Dr. Coleman, Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and NYU’s Chief Diversity Officer, and Candace Sumner-Robinson, Assistant Dean of Diversity and International Advising and the Director of the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), Dean Jarrett convened a group of active and committed CAS community members comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to form the CAS Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Council. This group was charged to assess the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges, successes, existing resources, and programming that would best support a diverse CAS student body. Furthermore, the JEDI Council was tasked with addressing “the College’s longstanding energy in conceiving and implementing lessons, practices, and long-term strategies for advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the best interest of our students [and broader CAS community]" (Dean Jarrett, 2020).