Who We Are

The Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging seeks to do paradigm-shifting work at a critical time in history, in which rapid demographic changes are creating increasingly diverse national and global communities. Responding to the unique challenges and opportunities of this moment, the Center aims to advance interdisciplinary legal scholarship on diversity, inclusion, and belonging; support the Law School community as it strives to live up to those values; and share expertise with the broader world through targeted engagement with public and private institutions.

While it originated in civil-rights law, the field of diversity and inclusion has in recent decades moved into other disciplines. The Center seeks to revive its legal roots, and the Law School provides a natural home for that aspiration. NYU School of Law has been a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion as one of the first law schools to admit women, to implement a non-discrimination policy on the basis of sexual orientation, and to function as part of a global network university. The Center builds on these proud traditions.

The desire to belong and to be fully included in society is a universal human trait. The Center aims to maximize the potential of every individual to flourish, with a particular focus on those who, historically and in the present day, have been impeded in their quest for belonging.

Video: Kenji Yoshino on why the Center is launching at a critical time

Speaker Series

The Center offers an annual speaker series featuring leaders from academia and the public and private sectors on a range of topics relating to diversity and inclusion.

Speakers for the 2016-17 academic year were:

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court [November 10, 2016];
  • Brian Welle, Director of People Analytics at Google [February 15, 2017];
  • Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and author of What Works: Gender Equality By Design (2016) [March 2, 2017]; and
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund [April 21, 2017]

Our 2016-17 speaker series was generously sponsored by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, DLA Piper, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Click here to learn more about the Center's speaker series or to become a sponsor for 2017-18.