[uhp•staend •er]: Someone who acts positively to support a cause, belief, person, or community.
Upstander is a collaboration of the CAS Dean's Office and CAS Student Council that offers a forum and the tools to come together and dialogue as a University community—modeling civility, countering the bystander effect, and (hopefully!) enacting meaningful change.
To achieve this end, each semester we host an Upstander Dialogue to provide students with an open space to understand and discuss contemporary issues that are important to their experience, modeling civility through conversations and encounters with diverse perspectives on topical but challenging issues led by faculty experts. The structure of the event is simple and student-centric. The evening begins with an introduction to the issue by a faculty facilitator; students will then be led in small groups by fellow student co-facilitators through a series of discussion questions. We will then come together to share our experiences and opinions as a group.
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Does “freedom of speech” mean you can say whatever you want? In this politically contentious time leading up to the November Presidential election, many people invoke the First Amendment as blanket permission to speak their minds with as much vitriol as they see fit. Our wide-open political culture traces its roots to America’s founding generation, which defied eighteenth century laws that punished criticism of government and created the robust freedom of expression that we have today. Why did they put so much value on the liberty of thought and what does it tell us about today’s political debate? For all of us concerned about the future, how can we speak our minds and still carry on civil discussions? Exercise your First Amendment freedom and practice the skill of disagreeing productively with others at the fall Upstander Dialogue.
PAST: SPRING 2016
Why does diversity matter? To be productive citizens in a global society where you will encounter diversity in all forms—racial, socio-economic, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious—we need to live and learn in diverse intellectual communities and prepare ourselves for the dynamics of difference. Hear how a humanist and a scientist have bridged their disciplinary divide and collaborated to yield a superior outcome. Join Dean Gabrielle Starr, Dr. Amy Belfi, and student co-facilitators from AAP and CMEP and learn how to leverage all our differences to take us to deeper levels of understanding, achievement, and acceptance.
PAST: FALL 2015
How do YOU define consent? The White House mandate for campus sexual misconduct policies started a very powerful conversation about consent, its definition, and its place in our culture. In the midst of this collective moment, the Dialogue offers a space to come together and discuss how the law, NYU’s new policy, and online training on sexual misconduct, impacts our lives as students and NYU community members.
PAST: SPRING 2015
Join Imam Khalid Latif and NYU student leaders in an open dialogue on how to take responsible action and promote civic engagement. Share your experiences at NYU, listen to others, and learn about the work of the Upstander Ally groups working to create community across campus. Ally Mixer representatives: The Center for Spiritual Leadership, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, LGBTQ Student Center, Office of Health Promotion, Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of Civic Engagement, React to Film, and the Leadership Initiative.
Every community is defined not just by the individuals who comprise it, but by the values it embodies. The Upstander Campaign asks us truly to live in community with one another, to value strength, compassion, and the power of an individual voice.
Being part of NYU means sharing the gratifying responsibility of looking out for one another, reaching across our differences to build a community that unites us. Building this community is the work of Upstanders.
Upstanders do not stand by while someone is wronged; they do not wait for someone else to take responsibility; they do not look away when someone is in need; they stand up in a positive way.
Upstanders use their individual voices and actions to make a difference. By putting an end to the bystander mentality, Upstanders are creating a safer and a more fulfilling community for all.
Bias Response Line
The New York University Bias Response Line provides a mechanism through which members of our community can share or report experiences and concerns of bias, discrimination, or harassing behavior that may occur within our community. Experienced administrators in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) receive and assess reports, and then help facilitate responses, which may include referral to another University school or unit, or investigation if warranted according to the University's existing Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy. The Bias Response Line is designed to enable the University to provide an open forum that helps to ensure that our community is equitable and inclusive.
For more information and access to the reporting tools, please visit the website.
Submit Your Stories
"To the girl behind me in line at Palladium: Thank you for swiping for me when I was having card issues. You're the sweetest. It's easy to get stressed and absorbed by college and the work-load, and sometimes I forget that there are people out there who are more than willing to share their kindness. More importantly, I needed some reminding to share mine. I'll definitely pay it forward. Thank you!"
Do you know an everyday hero—submit their story! Have YOU had an upstanding moment recently? Tell us about it by clicking here or emailing us at email@example.com.. Visit our Facebook page to see other people's stories.
All posts are anonymous.
Upstanders are natural leaders. The NYU Leadership Initiative defines leadership as the process of working with others to envision a better future, build commitment and align people’s actions toward shared goals, and ultimately, to produce results that make the envisioned future a reality.
Get involved in the conversation about how best to equip students to meaningfully contribute to global public discourse, apply ethical leadership principles and practices to complex problem solving, bridge divides, and set a course of continual discovery and innovation.
Learn more about how to engage in and join the conversation here!
NYU Good Samaritan Statement
Do you need to help a friend who is under the influence? Are you unsure about how that will impact you? The NYU Good Samaritan Statement outlines the University's position regarding self-reporting or assisting in situations related to alcohol or other substances. Please click here to visit the full policy.
The University recognizes that there may be health or safety emergencies related to the use of alcohol or other substances in which the potential for disciplinary action by the University may serve as a deterrent to students who want to seek assistance for themselves or to “Good Samaritans” who want to get help for another member of the NYU community. In all such matters, the health and safety of the student at risk will be the University’s top priority. Accordingly, should a student him/herself, or another individual on behalf of that student, voluntarily come forward seeking assistance in a situation involving the over-consumption or abuse of drugs and alcohol, the University’s student conduct response in regard to that overconsumption will be first and foremost focused on medical treatment, counseling and/or educational interventions. However, the University reserves the right to address any associated acts that compromise the well-being of the community and its members such as harassment, violence, damage, harm to self/others, or distribution of illegal substances on a case by case basis as deemed appropriate/necessary.
Help the NYU Upstanders bring clarity to this statement and ensure that students know that they are fine unless there has been a serious breach. If you're interested in participating, please let us know by clicking here.
Explore the host of offerings at the NYU Wellness Exchange—your key to accessing 24/7 health resources--including zone trainings listed below. Sign up as individuals or groups to receive tools and training to navigate and understand these nuanced situations.
Looking for a great way to give back to the community? The NYU Office of Civic Engagement provides opportunities for students to develop deeper and richer partnerships with local non-profit organizations, public schools, city government, and civic organizations through several employment and service programs. Commonly referred to as community service, volunteerism, or public service, civic engagement at NYU refers to both individual and collective initiatives designed to identify and address community needs and public concerns.
Find out about one-day and episodic service projects to year-long opportunities working alongside community partners locally, nationally, and globally.
Office of Equal Opportunity
New York University's Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) collaborates with the NYU community in promoting diversity, cultural sensitivity, and equal opportunity in academic excellence, scholarship, teaching, and service. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
he following services fall under the Office of Equal Opportunity:
- Affirmative Action
- Non-discrimination & Anti-Harassment
- Title IX -- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs. It protects victims of sexual or gender-based bullying and harassment and survivors of gender-based violence. Protection from the discrimination on the basis of sex includes protection from being retaliated against for filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment.
The University’s Title IX Coordinator is a resource for any questions or concerns about sexual harassment, sexual violence, or sexual misconduct and is available to discuss your rights and judicial options. The Title IX Coordinator can also assist you in obtaining academic or residential assistance.
Mary Signor, Title IX Coordinator
Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity
726 Broadway, Room 721
New York, New York 10003
Phone: (212) 998-2352
NYU Public Safety
The mission of New York University's Department of Public Safety is to create a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to pursue their educational and professional goals across the Global Network University. NYU Public Safety is available 24/7.
Safe Ride Van Service - 212-992-VANS (8267). Public safety also offers Safe Ride Van service. These vans provide all overnight service. This is an on-call, shared ride van service which is available for transportation to and from NYU facilities during the Academic Term from 12 midnight to 6:30am. The average wait time for a van is 15 minutes, but wait times during busy periods may be longer.
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