This open letter, originally authored by members of the group Faculty of Color for an Anti-Racist NYU, has received broad support from faculty, students, staff, and alumni across NYU’s campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere.

Students and faculty in front of the arch at Washington Square Park at night, holding candles.
Students and faculty in front of the arch at Washington Square Park at night, holding candles.
Candlelight Vigil for Gaza, 2012

We, the undersigned members of Faculty of Color for an Anti-Racist NYU (based at NYU Washington Square) and allies are committed to anti-racism and struggle against structural and systemic racism in the context of settler colonialism at NYU and beyond. These commitments guide our relationships with NYU departments and programs in NYC as well as across the world. …


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10 August 2020

Dear President Hamilton, Provost Fleming & Vice President Coleman,

The publication of New York University Politics Department faculty member Lawrence M. Mead’s “Poverty and Culture” (July 21, 2020, Society)[1] has been an embarrassment to NYU’s scholarly reputation.[2] Mead’s article has also caused an enormous amount of pain and anger within the NYU community, particularly among faculty, staff, and students of color. In a spring and summer marked by a global pandemic that has disproportionately killed Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people — alongside the murder of George Floyd…

Faculty of Color for an Antiracist NYU

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