We condemn racism at the intersection of all under-represented and marginalized people. In this moment we will specifically address our historical gaps in support, communication, resources, and engagement with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) with the following commitments:
1. Require mandatory anti-racism training to educate students, faculty, and staff on how to enact anti-racist practices inside and outside the classroom. We will consult with experts on training examples, develop and produce similar training case studies for use across all of NYU, working in consultation with Dr. Lisa Coleman, NYU Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation.
Students interested in this work may respond to an upcoming call for hire to consult, act, film, and design case study situations specific to Tisch that reveal past instances of racist bias in the arts.
2. Continue to support university-wide efforts to combat bias. Reports will be promptly investigated in cooperation with the NYU Office of Equal Opportunity’s Bias Hotline, which requires complainants to give their names confidentially. We will continue our practice of protecting complainants against any form of retaliation.
3. Continue to advocate for greater diversity in our faculty and staff hiring, in our leadership appointments, and in our student body.
4. Reinvigorate and fund our school-wide Artist-Scholar-in-Residence programs that have featured prominent Black and other diverse artists, as well as establishing new Fellows in our three institutes listed below.
5. Accelerate ongoing comprehensive departmental reviews of all Tisch curriculum, encouraging faculty to re-examine their course objectives and to move beyond a white, Eurocentric canon. We will encourage faculty to include context and critique of bias when using traditional material in the canon. We will incentivize the curricular development of school-wide new courses that address under-represented perspectives.
6. Build an expanded library of work across disciplines, centering Black, Indigenous, International, and other Creators of Color, with content for students, faculty and staff to research, add to, and use in curriculum development and Tisch Action goals.
7. Develop and promote a website that aggregates all Tisch Actions: Against Racial Injustice resources across our school, university, and departments, with links to specific opportunities, events, and programs.
8. Create a Black Student Council that will represent the concerns of students to school administration, serve as a resource for students of the Black diaspora, suggest and create school-wide programming ideas, and facilitate connections to NYU student organizations.
9. Create an Alliance of Color that will serve as the umbrella council for specific school-wide and departmental affinity groups such as the Black Artist Collective, Latinx Collective, LGBQT+ Collective, undocumented/DACA/Immigrant Students, All Asian Arts Alliance, The Collective, etc. Require elected student representation and presence in every department to advocate concerns and ideas to the Alliance of Color, and that will include representation from TUSC and GSO.
10. Create a Black and Indigenous-focused alumni mentorship program, developed alongside our current alumni mentorship program and NYU Alumni Affinity Networks for all recent graduates and current students.
11. Expand our mentoring and internship programs encouraging participation of current BIPOC students who wish to engage in social impact outreach projects into the local metropolitan community, with programs such as Tisch Future Artists, Urban Arts Partnership, Ghetto Film School, Kenan Fellows, and many other departmental outreach endeavors.
12. Establish a new mentoring program connecting graduate and undergraduate BIPOC students across Tisch departments and the university.
13. Increase awareness and programming funding for Institute based mentoring initiatives including the Kanbar Institute UGFTV FOCUS program, and Institute of Performing Arts mentorship program led by faculty and staff for undergraduate and graduate students of color. These programs provide monthly discussion groups, group attendance of museum, film, dance and theatre productions, and the sharing of creative work and individualized support.
14. Expand fundraising from corporations, foundations, and individual donors to create scholarships for all students, with a priority as allowed by law, to help identify, recruit, enroll, and retain BIPOC students. Continue to work in partnership with the Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success of NYU, for University-wide objectives regarding financial aid for incoming students, clearer and more equitable methods for appeals, retention funding and other programs addressing student success.
15. Partner with the NYU School of Global Public Health, for students and alumni to create health-related public service announcements in response to the health burdens of anti-Black racism in our country.