2023 – 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 27, 2023

  • Powering Structural Change Conference Kickoff Community Gathering | 12:30-1:30 PM via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Diversity Council

    Come join the Wagner Diversity Council and fellow Wagner students for the kickoff to the annual Powering Structural Change conference! We will …
    – Highlight upcoming conference events;
    – Talk through a shared foundational GIDBEA language;
    – and Offer social space to interact, meet new friends, and have conversations around GIDBEA at Wagner.

    Please register below. We look forward to seeing you! Please note: This event is open to NYU Wagner students. You will need to register with your NYU email address.

    *GIDBEA: Global, Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, Equity, Access

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

  • DEI in Philanthropy: Where Are We Heading? | 12:00-1:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Philanthropy

    To deliver greater impact, philanthropy must understand, reflect, and respond to the diverse communities in which it works. While diversity can be defined in many ways, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) focuses specifically on individuals who have historically been marginalized and systemically disadvantaged, including (but not limited to) individuals of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. Philanthropic efforts are often associated with these principles in order to create a more equitable and just society. In this panel, we will explain how diversity and inclusion can be used as practical considerations for getting better results.

    Panelists include:
    Prachi Patankar, Senior Program Officer at Foundation for a Just Society
    Son Chau,  
    Lead Institutional Partnerships Officer at East Bay Community Foundation
    Genesis Nuñez
    , Program Associate, Future of Work(ers) Ford Foundation 

  • Post-Pandemic – A Dialogue Around Inequality Facing International Residents in the USA | 1:00-2:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner International Student Society (WISS) and the Pan Asian Student Alliance (PASA)

    Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been gradually waning recently, its impact on our life never fades. Inequality facing international residents in the US, including international students and professionals, is getting more and more severe. The shrinking work sponsorship opportunities, global recession, layoffs, hate crimes and incidents…and lots of factors are putting international residents in insecurity, uncertainty, isolation, and high-pressure situation. These pressures are often unspoken, yet the challenges are real. And it’s not only about economic issues but also health conditions and quality of life. Compared to other minority groups living in the US, international residents are relatively more vulnerable as they do not have as much social capital and support in this country. In this session, we would like to invite you to join our dialogue and discuss and/or learn about the inequality facing international residents post-pandemic and how we can tackle it.

    Panelists include:
    Mohamad Ali Diab, President of GPH International Student Society & MPH Student, School of Global Public Health (GPH)
    Dr. Jiyoon Lee, NYU Student Health Center, Team Leader / Clinical Psychologist
    Thomas Sirinides, NYU Office of Global Services, Director of International Student Services
    Melissa Zuroff, NYU Office of Global Services, Director of Engagement

  • The event has been CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your interest. We hope to see you on Friday (March 31) for our panel on IntersectionalityDisability, Intersectionality and Policy | 5:00-6:30 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Womxn

    Come join us for a discussion on Disability Justice with speakers from the American Association of People with Disabilities. We will explore what it means to be better partners and advocates for persons with disabilities. Also, we will examine and discuss the intersectionality of disability justice in regards to race, gender, sexuality, and other facets of one’s identity. We will seek how we can align this in our lives and with the work that we do.

  • Arts and Advocacy: Powering Social Change and Civic Engagement | 6:45-7:45 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by NYU Arts & Culture Network

    The panel discussion will explore the intersection of arts and advocacy, and its impact and influence on civic engagement, public policy, and community change. We will explore the possibilities, challenges, practical applications and results of inspiring policy and social change through the arts. Questions will center the way in which the arts serve as a vehicle of change and voice of expression for individuals and communities to advocate for their overall wellbeing. 

    Panelists include:
    Caron Atlas, Director of Arts & Democracy and Director of NOCD-NY (Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY)
    Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, Founder and Executive Director of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE)
    Julie Marie Seibert, Assistant Director, School, Youth and Family Programs at The Guggenheim

    Richard Beasley Maroney, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Performing Arts Administration graduate program Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development/Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

  • Taking Stock of Close Rikers: Updates on the Campaign to Close Rikers Island Jails and the Borough-based Jail Plan | 12:00-1:00 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Students for Ending Mass Incarceration (SEMI)

    Join NYU Wagner Students for Ending Mass Incarceration for a panel discussion about updates on the campaign to close Rikers Island Jails and the borough-based jail plan. For decades, Rikers has suffered from disinvestment, resulting in individuals sitting in pretrial detention for up to two years. These delays leave incarcerated people in limbo, exacerbate mental health illnesses, and expose them to violence. Despite plans to close Rikers in 2027, Rikers remains open today and immediate work must be done to meet the minimum standard of care for incarcerated persons who are housed there – 90% of whom are people of color. This panel brings together survivors of Rikers, organizers, activists, and former government officials to discuss the campaign to close Rikers as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and what steps can be taken until Rikers is closed.

    Panelists include:
    Darren Mack, Co-Director at Freedom Agenda
    Reverend Sharon White-Harrigan, Inaugural Executive Director of the Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA)
    Margaret Egan, previous Executive Director of the New York City Board of Correction (BOC)

    Janos Marton, National Director of Dream Justice

Thursday, March 30, 2023

  • Diversity Across Public, Nonprofit, and Private Sectors: Leadership Perspectives | 12:30-1:30 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Management & Leadership Organization (WMLO)

    Join WMLO and WDC for a virtual panel discussion with leaders and managers from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Panelists will speak to their experiences leading teams, addressing diversity and equity considerations within and outside of organizations, and using power to promote a culture of inclusion and maximize organizational impact.

    Panelists Include:

    Shiferaw Kibriye
    , Vice President, Pfizer Global Health Investments Lead, Global Health and Social Impact
    Yoselin Genao Estrella
    , Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens
    Martha Stark
    , Clinical Professor of Practice at NYU Wagner, Public Sector Leader, and Former Commissioner at NYC Department of Finance

    Alisha Gangadharan, MPA-PNP Candidate and Events Chair of WMLO

  • Diversity & Representation Among Educators | 6:30-7:30 PM ET via Zoom
    Hosted by Wagner Education Network (WEN)

    Come join us for a discussion on the need for greater diversity among teachers and school staff and the impact of representation on student success and well-being.

    Panelists Include:

    Domingo Morel, NYU Wagner Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Service
    Petria May, NYU Wagner Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service
    Kami Lewis Levin, Professional learning and leadership development guide and NYU alumna
    Megan Young, Talent Manager at Aspire Public Schools
    Michael Lowe, Director of Equity and Access at Shelby County Schools

Friday, March 31, 2023

  • Intersectionality: What Does It Mean & How Do We Support It? | 12:30-1:30pm ET via Zoom
    Hosted by the Wagner Diversity Council

    Panelists include:
    Breandan Ward, Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner, Consultant, Advocate & Coach on leadership with a special interest in disability, NYU Wagner EMPA alum
    Diana Lugo-Martinez, Co-Executive Director at Forward Together & Forward Together Action
    Sarina Sheth Noone, Associate at Education First Consulting, Former Chair of the Wagner Diversity Council, NYU Wagner MPA alumna

  • WDC x WSA: Powering Structural Change Conference Happy Hour | 5:00-7:00 PM ET | Amity Hall (80 West 3rd Street)
    Hosted by Wagner Diversity Council (WDC) and Wagner Student Association (WSA)

    Join the Wagner Diversity Council (WDC) and Wagner Student Association (WSA) in community to celebrate the commencement of the Powering Structural Change 2nd annual conference with small plates of food and a drink of your choice (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)! A free drink ticket will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.