University Resources & Initiatives
NYU strives to offer a welcoming environment for those who have, directly or indirectly, had contact with the criminal justice system. In the Spring of 2019, NYU’s Prison Industrial Complex Committee began to catalogue relevant resources and services that are available at NYU.
This portal is meant to serve as a hub for information about the justice and incarceration work going on at NYU and related student resources found in other relevant places on NYU’s websites for students, and their families.
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Prison Industrial Complex Committee Report
In the fall of 2018, in the wake of student protests organized by the Incarceration to Education Coalition group, the NYU Office of the President formed an ad-hoc semester-long Prison Industrial Complex Committee charged with examining the ways that NYU is currently engaging these issues.
The Committee’s formal charge was to examine how the University already addresses mass incarceration and other steps that could be taken in this arena, focusing on the core university missions of research, teaching, and service at NYU on its New York campus.
The following report published May 2019 is an attempt to capture what the committee learned about what is going on at NYU related to justice and incarceration. The report does not provide a complete picture; rather, it documents the state of the committee’s current knowledge.
Financial Assistance for Formerly Incarcerated Students
NYU’s Prison Education Program currently provides full-tuition scholarships and monthly living stipends for students transferring from Wallkill Correctional Facility to the Washington Square Campus to pursue their Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees. In addition, NYU PEP provides emergency financial assistance in the form of admissions fee waivers, metro cards, books and housing. Students from Wallkill must notify the NYU PEP office of their intent to apply for financial aide to be considered.
The Horizons Grant: As a result of the NYU Prison Industrial Complex Committee’s recent work, the University will now offer two additional undergraduate scholarships, based on need, effective Fall of 2020 to people who were formerly incarcerated. These scholarships are for students who have not participated in the Prison Education Program at Wallkill. Learn more and Apply.
Additional NYU resources for students to find scholarships:
- iGrad, iGrad provides a grants and scholarships tool.
- NYU Grants & Scholarships Page
NYU Admissions Prior Criminal Conviction Questions
NYU is committed to treating those with a criminal or disciplinary history with dignity and respect, and have developed a web resource to advise about the admissions application in relation to questions about prior criminal convictions or disciplinary actions. If you have any questions about NYU’s philosophy and approach to criminal or disciplinary offenses, please contact Jonathan Williams, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions, at +1 212 998 4554.
Bobst Library Mass Incarceration Research Guides
NYU Libraries maintains a public Mass Incarceration Research Guide. The goal of this guide is to showcase academic resources about mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. For more information about the library’s resources, please contact Subject Librarian Jill Conte, email@example.com.
Student-Led Initiatives and Organizations
There are also student-led initiatives and organizations, both undergraduate and graduate, that advocate for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated populations:
On Campus Student Services
Here is a list of NYU resources and information available to all students:
And a list of programs that may be of interest to formerly-incarcerated students and students whose family members have been incarcerated at NYU :
Courses Across NYU
The table below lists both undergraduate and graduate courses currently offered at NYU that are at least partially concerned with justice and incarceration.
College of Arts and Science
- Law and Society (College of Arts and Science: SOC-UA 413)
- Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (College of Arts and Science: ANTH-UA 326)
Gallatin School of Individualized Studies
Silver School of Social Work
- Mass Incarceration: Implications for Social Work (Silver School of Social Work: MSWEL-GS 2191)
- War on Drugs (Silver School of Social Work: UNDSW-US 94)
- Advanced Social Policy- Mental Health (Silver School of Social Work: MSWAC-GS 2011)
- Advanced Social Policy- Substance Abuse (Silver School of Social Work: MSWAC-GS 2016)
- Advanced Social Policy-Criminal Justice (Silver School of Social Work: MSWAC-GS 2031)
- Inequality | Strategies to Reduce Inequality ( Silver School of Social Work: UNDSW-US 110)
- Social Work & The Law (Silver School of Social Work: MSWEL-GS 2003)
- Forensic Justice and Problem-Solving Courts (Silver School of Social Work: MSWEL-GS 2101)
- Forensic Social Work: Practice with the Criminal Justice Involved Client (Silver School of Social Work: MSWEL-GS 3100)
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Crime, Violence & Media (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – Undergraduate: MCC-UE 1012)
Wagner School of Public Service
- Race, Crime, and Incarceration Policy in the United States (NYU Wagner: PADM-GP.4401)
- The Intersection of Finance and Social Justice (Wagner Graduate School of Public Service: PADM-GP 4313)
- Race & Class in American Cities | Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in American Cities (Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service: URPL-GP 2620)
Here is a collection of the latest findings, stories, and events related to justice and incarceration at NYU.
The Intercept: Rikers in Crisis: Inside the Virus-Stricken New York Jail (04/21/20)
NYU: American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Eight NYU Faculty as 2019 Fellows (04/17/2019)
USA TODAY: Once Incarcerated for Drug Possession, NYU Professor Finds Inspiration and Hope for Reform (01/16/2019)
WTKR: It Looks Like Any Other Graduation – Except These Graduates Earned Their Degrees in Prison (05/25/2019)
VIBE: Meek Mill Honored with NYU’s Vanguard for Social Justice Award (06/11/2019)
CBS: What’s Wrong with America’s Criminal Justice System? 6 Questions for an Expert (08/02/2019)
WSN: NYU to Create a Scholarship for Formerly Incarcerated Students (05/31/2019)
WSN: Behind Bars, Three Men Graduate with their NYU Degrees (10/30/2018)
NY TIMES: From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones (09/13/2017)