Schedule of Events

Throughout the week, you are invited to engage with programming hosted by student groups at NYU Wagner. Registration will be required for each individual event in order to receive a secure Zoom link.

Monday, March 28

  • Conversation with Alan van Capelle | 12:00-1:00 PM via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Diversity Council

    For the opening session of the Powering Structural Change conference, join us for a conversation on transformative social leadership with Alan van Capelle, President and CEO of Educational Alliance. Alan will share lessons on people-first leadership gleaned from his cross-sector career in public roles focused on labor organizing, healthcare, LGBTQ+ rights campaigns, advocacy for the Jewish community and more. Bring your specific questions about championing inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and access to advance social good.

Tuesday, March 29

  • Decolonizing Philanthropy: An Obligation to Do Better | 5:00-6:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Philanthropy

    Join Wagner Philanthropy for a panel discussion about the inherent power imbalances in the philanthropic sector. Learn from practitioners in the field who will discuss different philanthropic approaches including concepts such as “decolonizing philanthropy,” a phrase introduced and explored by activist and writer Edgar Villanueva, trust-based philanthropy, and community-centric approaches. These alternatives reimagine how philanthropic organizations and philanthropists can reckon with their privilege and create a more successful and effective system.

    Moderated by Professor Molly Schultz Hafid, this panel will feature:

    William Cordery, Principal – Freedom Futures, Consultant – Leverage Philanthropic Partners
    M. Scott Frank, Executive Director – Cofounder, The InteRoots Initiative
    Shaady Salehi, Executive Director, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

  • Leading for Impact in DEI at PWIs | 6:00-7:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Diversity Council

    We welcome you to a conversation featuring lessons from leaders advancing diversity, equity, inclusion at predominantly white institutions (PWI). Panelists will share their experiences from the higher education, financial services, and nonprofit sectors.

    PWI is a term that comes from the higher education sector. We use it in this context to refer to organizations that either deliberately or by default center whiteness or white experiences in their policies, practices and histories, and which tend to marginalize the identities, perspectives, and practices of people of color. PWIs may have predominately white teams and leadership, serve predominately white membership, or be early on in their racial equity journey.

    Panelists include:
    Linette Hwu, Global Director of Investigations & Integrity at The Nature Conservancy
    Richeleen Dashield, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at NYU Silver School of Social Work
    Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Executive Director of Building Movement Project and Adjunct Professor at NYU Wagner
    Susan K. Reid, Managing Director of Human Resources and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Morgan Stanley

    Monroe France, Senior Associate Vice President of Global Engagement & Inclusive Leadership at NYU, will facilitate the discussion and address Q+A from the audience.

Wednesday, March 30

  • Structural Change in Arts Organizations | 5:00-6:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Arts & Culture Network

    This panel aims to investigate what structural change looks like within arts organizations and to explore how arts leaders can take a holistic approach to bringing the values of justice and equity to life. The conversation will explore how arts organizations can create lasting change that promotes equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging amongst all their stakeholders – from donors to members to artists to patrons.

    Featured Panelists: Kim Chan (National Sawdust), Jodie Gates (Cincinnati Ballet), Jonathan McCrory (National Black Theatre), Jacob Padrón (Long Wharf Theatre)

Thursday, March 31

  • Wagner Student and Alumni Forum | 12:00-1:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Diversity Council

    This community conversation will allow for individual students and alumni to share their experiences at NYU Wagner–inside or outside of the classroom–and to start a dialogue with one another about our commitments to advancing inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and access (IDBEA). We ask that students and alumni come to this space respectful of Brave and Safe Space Norms, ready to “share the mic” and to center the experiences of others.

    *Please note that an anonymized summary will be prepared by Wagner Diversity Council after this event. Your name or identifying information will not be included. Key themes around IDBEA issues and recommendations to create a more inclusive and equity-advancing community may be shared with the Wagner administration to inform the school’s IDBEA plan.

  • Inclusive Curriculum in the Age of Polarization | 5:00-6:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Education Policy Network

    Join the Education Policy Network for a panel discussion regarding the fight for a more inclusive, affirming, and multicultural curriculum in public school education in the United States. Learn from practitioners and researchers in the field who will discuss the current landscape of curriculum as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how institutions can be used to further and protect multicultural curriculum.

    Featured Speakers:
    Lindsey Foster is currently a Research Associate with the Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

    Petria May is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

  • Inclusion Revolution Q&A | 6:00-7:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Diversity Council

    Please join us for a dynamic conversation with Daisy Auger-Domínguez, Chief People Officer at VICE, on dismantling racial inequity in the workplace. Daisy’s book, Inclusion Revolution, provides frank answers to why popular diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts fail and the tools that managers need to address issues of race, power, and exclusion at work.

    Professor Erica Foldy will facilitate a Q+A to address audience questions.

    In partnership with the NYU Wagner Office of Student and Alumni Engagement, WDC is excited to announce that copies of Daisy’s new book will be made available to current students and alumni on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early qualifying registrants will be contacted with more info on how to obtain their copy via email.

Friday, April 1

  • Social Justice Lens: Education, Criminal Justice & Drug Policy in Black Communities | 12:30-1:30 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by the Black Students Association

    As part of the Wagner Diversity Council Spring 2022 IDBE Conference, the Black Students Association is organizing a social justice panel session to examine critical issues as it affects black communities. The conversation will also highlight tips that can aid in powering structural change.

    Panelists include:
    Tyson Lord-Gray, Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Stern
    Arshdeep Dhanoa, Co-Director NYU Community, CannaPolicy
    Dr. Sadé Lindsay, Assistant Research Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, Cornell University
    Dr. Noor Jones-Bey, Director of EXCEL Academy
    Terrance Coffie, Founder of Educate, Don’t Incarcerate
    Jacob Plowden, Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy

  • Community Happy Hour | 6:00-7:30 PM ET | Amity Hall
    Hosted by Pan Asian Student Alliance

    PASA invites Wagner students to join us for a community-building happy hour. Hosted in partnership with the Powering Structural Change conference as an opportunity to build student-to-student connections. Registration is free and comes with two drink tickets and hosted appetizers.

    *Please note: under current public health and safety guidelines set by NYU, this in-person gathering is limited to current NYU Wagner students who have pre-registered for the event and are in compliance with all COVID policies (daily screener, etc).