We are a committee of faculty, students, and staff committed to celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in Liberal Studies and at NYU and creating a learning environment that engages all members of our community across multiple identities, experiences, and viewpoints.
A message from NYU Liberal Studies; the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; and a coalition of staff of color:
Unequivocally, Black Lives Matter. Recognizing the role that institutions have to play in ending the structural racism that has plagued this country since its origins, we at Liberal Studies express solidarity with those who seek justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and far too many other Black people, many who have gone unnamed, who have died at the hands of state violence, white supremacy, and complacency.
Each and every one of us is responsible for dismantling the power structures that oppress BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) around the world. As we in the Liberal Studies community take stock of our own practices to contribute to a more just and equitable world, we heed the experiences, teachings, and wisdom of the Black community.
We dare ourselves to move past comfort and have the courage to convert self-reflection into action, much in the way the plants of Ross Gay’s poem “A Small Needful Fact” convert sunlight into food. We do this so we might make it easier for all of us to breathe.
“A Small Needful Fact”
by Ross Gay
Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.