Global Liberal Studies senior Bincheng Stéphane Mao was recently named a Schwarzman Scholar. Since its inception in 2015, this prestigious award has selected about 150 students from over 40 different countries each year to earn a master's degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University's Schwarzman College in Beijing. Stéphane is one of five NYU recipients this year and the first Liberal Studies student to receive this honor.
A dedicated scholar and advocate, Stéphane has made his mark on Liberal Studies since his first semester. In October 2019, Stéphane applied for a Liberal Studies Social Impact Grant in order to start the nonprofit organization East Coast Coalition for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (ECC). ECC works to combat anti-Asian discrimination through social equity projects and has grown to include active members from 15 universities across the northeastern U.S. Notable projects have included the Emergency Relief Initiative, which organized the distribution of PPE to underprivileged communities during the height of COVID-19, and the Name Equality for Minorities Project, which collected and recorded the correct pronunciation of almost 600 non-western names to combat common mispronunciation and cultural alienation. Liberal Studies awarded Stéphane the Global Service Award for this work in May 2020.
Stéphane spent the 2022-23 academic year attending a program at Oxford University and interning at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), before returning to GLS for his senior year. Next year, Stéphane will earn his master's degree as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University before going on to Harvard Law School to pursue his JD.
Describing the experience of being selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, Stéphane said "being the first student from Liberal Studies at NYU Arts & Science to earn the Schwarzman Scholar recognition fills me with immense gratitude and school pride. I could not have made it this far without Dean Mostov and Global Liberal Studies and I want to express my deepest gratitude. The opportunity to learn from you all has been invaluable and instrumental in my journey thus far."