Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing is committed to strengthening the culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility (IDBEA) at Tisch School of the Arts.

On the left, you will find links to resources and offices throughout Tisch and NYU that are working to advance this goal.

Letter From the Chair

Re: IDBEA Priorities

August 23rd, 2021

To the Dramatic Writing Community,

It is my pleasure and honor to share some of my priorities as I take over the role of Chair in the Dramatic Writing Department from Terry Curtis Fox.

One of those priorities is to build on the department's commitment to strengthening a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging and accessibility in our community.

Writers know that words and action are the bedrock of all storytelling. As chair, I am committed to doing whatever I can to empower our community with words and actions to help us tell a better, more just story.

Here is a list of some of my goals for the upcoming academic year:

●  support community engagement- student affinity groups, student clubs, student-run panel discussions, townhall style listening events

●  formalize student representation to create clear channels and systems for student governance, communication and grievance

●  support curricular and extra-curricular collaborative efforts with other departments

●  support the Tisch IDBEA Library and the continuing effort to ensure inclusivity in our curriculum, syllabi and reading lists

●  support Tisch’s Diversity and Inclusion Commitments and the work of the NYU Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity

●  support Tisch's efforts to identify, recruit and retain underrepresented students, faculty, and staff

●  support the Tisch Development Office in its efforts to actively address scholarship and financial needs for underrepresented students

I am pleased to announce three new Dramatic Writing Department initiatives for the fall of 2021 that are consistent with these priorities:

1) The DDW Student Board; a self-determining, self-governing board of elected student representatives from each class. The Student Board will be empowered to create its own mission statement, plan community building events, host town hall discussions and guest speakers, among other functions. Each semester, the Student Board will be invited to attend a faculty meeting to report directly to Dramatic Writing faculty with questions, comments, and suggestions submitted by the rest of the DDW student body, allowing for increased communication between students and faculty members.  

2) The DDW IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) Council led by faculty advisors Cusi Cram and Kristoffer Diaz; an ongoing forum for students, faculty, staff and alumni to collectively discuss and address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. The council will be charged with making strategic recommendations to the department's leadership, and will be in communication with the NYU Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity.

3) The DDW Community Agreement; a guideline for responsible, inclusive engagement for members of the DDW community.

I look forward to working with the Dramatic Writing community in the upcoming academic year and beyond to help us fulfill our potential as a more equitable place for all.

Sincerely,

Joe Vinciguerra
Chair