Since our founding in 1831, NYU’s history has been marked as “open to all.” Now as a university that is in and of the city and in and of the world, we strive to foster a dynamic and rigorous teaching and learning environment that represents a diversity of viewpoints. As a community of scholars (faculty, students, and staff) that is inclusive of divergent backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups, NYU engages a diversity of viewpoints, perspectives, and approaches.
The College of Arts & Science launched the CAS Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Council in 2020, driven by the mission of the college to serve in an advisory capacity to the work of the Dean of CAS and to aid in the promotion of IDEBA throughout the CAS community. The CAS JEDI Council recognizes the complexities of the world we live in and the cultures and identities that we represent, and we celebrate all voices and persons within the CAS community and are committed to creating inclusive spaces where all community members feel respected and that they belong.
The Directors of Undergraduate Studies play a key role in this regard. DUSes oversee their departments' undergraduate curricula, from what constitutes the major to what is included in all course syllabi, and as such have an excellent vantage point from which to evaluate whether or not the department is mounting a curriculum that engages diversity. This evaluative process may include, but not be limited to, questions such as: are course syllabi (from readings to assignments) designed to address diverse perspectives in the field? What pedagogical methods are used to accommodate students with disabilities? What pedagogical methods and best practices are used to enhance learning for students of diverse backgrounds?