• Activism and progress have been part of the NYU community since the University’s founding in 1831.
  • NYU One Zone offers a series of interactive group training sessions that explore topics related to identity, diversity, and belonging. Additionally, it’s open to every member of the NYU community.
  • Activism is alive and well at NYU. More than 100 student clubs and organizations are dedicated to social change. What’s more, there are dozens of offices and initiatives committed to helping develop a more inclusive world.
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Every semester NYU students, faculty, and staff across the globe positively impact the communities around them. Regardless of the type of social impact you want to make, when you join the NYU community, you can use both your voice and your actions to help create a better world. At NYU, it’s not a matter of if there’s a way for you to make change. It’s a matter of which opportunity best suits you and the impact you want to make.

In part one of this series, we explore activism in the classroom at NYU. Then, in part two, we examine how students can engage with fellow change-makers on campus. Now, in the third and final installment, we uncover the difference-making resources across NYU that can help you put your activism into action.

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Embrace NYU’s Difference-Making Resources

Since its founding in 1831, NYU has been an epicenter of social movements and political progress. Furthermore, the university community constantly grows and evolves as it works toward better prioritizing diversity, inclusion, and equity in New York City and across the globe. With several university-led events and initiatives, NYU dedicates its resources to creating a more just world for all.

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Get to Know One Zone

One way NYU focuses on building a compassionate, inclusive, and action-oriented community is through One Zone. It is a series of interactive group training sessions that explore identity, diversity, and belonging. In fact, One Zone is open to the entire NYU community, from students and faculty to administrators and staff. Also, it creates a safe space for conversations on a variety of topics. Some topics include faith, disability, consent, sustainability, and mindful living.

“These trainings take the weight off of marginalized communities who often have to educate others on their own,” says Valeria Hidalgo. A Global Liberal Studies major, Valeria attended UndocuZone. It is a One Zone training that focuses on the issues and challenges the undocumented community experiences. “Whether undocumented or disabled, marginalized communities are already fighting against discrimination. One Zone gives us the chance to learn more about these topics without it being the communities’ job to do the teaching,” she shares.

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Resources and Initiatives to Bring Your Activism to Life

In addition to One Zone, NYU supports numerous other initiatives focused on creating a more inclusive community, city, and world.

  • The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs offers resources and programming that engages, supports, empowers, and celebrates students of historically marginalized and excluded groups.
  • The Changemaker Center offers resources and programming to help students build the skills, knowledge, and networks to take action on issues that matter.
  • The LGBTQ+ Center was founded in 1996 to meet the needs of and provide resources and programming to NYU’s LGBTQ+ community.
  • MLK Week brings the university community together to imagine and work toward a future where all historically marginalized communities can thrive.
  • The NYU Prison Education Program is a college-in-prison program that expands access to higher education within communities impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • The Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation provides expert consultation, resources, and innovative strategies to help guide the NYU community toward a more inclusive future.
  • The Office of Sustainability focuses on building a healthier and more sustainable future for all and leads the University’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.
  • NYU’s annual Solidarity Week creates opportunities for our community to deepen their understanding of the experiences of others and raise awareness of the injustices that impact many in our society.

Kelly McHugh-Stewart is a Senior Writer and Strategist for NYU’s University Relations and Public Affairs Office of Marketing Communications, where she seeks out and enjoys telling stories that help people understand the world through a new lens. Kelly holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University. Her reporting and personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, CNN Opinion, and Sports Illustrated, among others.