Like NYU as a whole, the Silver School is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The School continues its efforts to increase diversity among students, faculty and staff; foster a climate of safety and respect for all members of the school community; and prepare students to work with diverse populations across practice settings.
- All MSW and BS students must complete the Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege course that emphasizes the meaning of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and culture, as well as the concepts of prejudice, discrimination, oppression, stigma, and stereotyping.
- Improving the classroom climate for diversity and enhancing our educational programs on social justice and diversity are key goals.
- A Diversity and Social Justice Committee, first convened in 2013 and composed of students, faculty and staff, leads the school's efforts to integrate the principles of social justice into our MSW, BS, PhD, and DSW curricula.
- A Social Action Committee guides the School’s response to relevant policy, community, professional and organizational issues that further social and economic justice.
- The School sponsors an annual Social Justice and Diversity Grant that inspires students to design and implement programs that address issues related to social justice, diversity, and social work.
- The School also conducts an annual survey of students' views on equity and inclusion to inform future initiatives in this area.
- In November 2016, the School launched Silver Strategy and Tactics of Action, an organizing community comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, that fosters collaborative action to eradicate implicit and explicit injustices.