How to Get Involved: Center for Multicultural Education and Programs

The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, better known as CMEP, enhances the NYU experience by fostering a more inclusive, aware and socially just community.   The Center offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year, including InterGroup Dialogue, Leadership Programs, Zone Training, and the FOCUS Mentorship Program, to name only a few of the offerings.  If you want to learn more about diversity and social justice, then you should check out CMEP.

Introducing Your Student Senators Council Site Ambassador

The Student Senators Council at NYU has selected a group of your peers studying away in the fall of 2017 as student representatives who will work to improve student life across NYU’s Global Network University. Known as your Site Ambassadors, they will act as a general liaison between students at your site and global programs initiatives in Abu Dhabi, New York, or Shanghai.

Without further ado, we would like to introduce Chelsea Polanco (chelsea.polanco@nyu.edu)

Hi all! I’m Chelsea, a sophomore at NYU Shanghai majoring in Computer Science. I’m from New York, but now I live in Florida. I’m excited to serve as your site ambassador during our time at NYU New York.  Since I’m used to living in the city, I hope to give you all insightful advice about how to adjust and to make the most of your time here. I plan to host events to introduce you to the city, which will also let you meet one another. I’m more than happy to help out with any questions you might have, so feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!

How to Get Involved: Class Activities Boards

This week’s featured program are the Class Activities Boards.  Class Activities Boards are a great way for NYU undergraduate students to get involved with campus life, meet other active students, plan interesting and fun events, and gain valuable leadership experience.  Each Class Activities Board provides engaging programming for the members of its class, from across all of the various schools at NYU.  All students are welcome to get involved with their Class Activities Boards; please see each Board’s web page for contact information, student officers, and meeting times.

Closer to the start of the fall semester we will ask for application to be the Abu Dhabi and Shanghai representatives to your class year’ board.  We hope there will be great interest!

Planning Ahead: Preparing Your Family for Your Time Away

You may be the first to study abroad in your family, or you simply have people who care and worry about you. Consider sharing this article with family and friends!  The below quote provides initial context, but please see the full article for valuable pieces of practical advice.

“As a parent, your kids expect you to worry. You expect you to worry. Worrying, to an extent, is healthy. But it’s equally important to have realistic concerns and try to mitigate them as much as possible through knowledge and planning.”

Global Safety Tips

Keeping you safe — and ensuring your ability to make academic progress — are top priorities for NYU. As you prepare to spend the semester away from your home campus, we wanted to share with you some tips and best practices that will help to do so.

The University continuously monitors events in cities and countries around the globe, and adjusts security precautions, as necessary, based on the local environment. Should an urgent situation arise, the University maintains an emergency notification system, which delivers alerts via text message and email.

  • Register your travel with your respective embassy or consulate – both while you are at your study away location, and anywhere else your travel plans may take you.
  • Make sure to have a mobile phone with you whenever you’re away from the site – and be sure to keep it charged!
  • If you are planning on traveling away from your site – even if only for a night — please be sure to register your trip in NYU Traveler, and let a member of your local site staff know.
  • Please be sure that your site staff has a local contact phone number for you.
  • Do your homework before you travel away from your site. Check for potential travel warnings for cities and countries to which you are thinking about traveling (the US State Department website is a good place to start).
  • Always be fully aware of your surroundings. Avoid at-risk areas (in many cities, this could include locations that are very popular with tourists). And if during your travels you ever find yourself in a situation in which you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and leave.
  • Whenever possible, travel in groups. Whether you’re going out for an evening, or are planning to explore the region (or beyond), go with friends!
  • If you don’t know the person entering a building right after you, make sure they have their own ID — don’t allow “piggy-backing” at entrances to NYU academic centers and residence halls.
  • If you ever have a question or concern about your safety – either at your site, or while you are traveling – either check with your local site staff, or call the NYU Public Safety Command Center (open 24/7) at +1.212.998.2222.
  • Should you ever feel anxious or upset during your time away, or you simply want to have someone to speak to, please call the Wellness Exchange (24/7). You can always reach them at +1.212.443.9999, but many sites also have local numbers, which can be found here.
  • For more safety tips, visit: http://www.nyu.edu/london/student-life/safety.html

Summer Schedule – Every Other Week

Now that finals are upon us and it’s almost officially summer (or at least according to the academic calendar), blog posts will be reduced to every other week leading up to your departure in August. The posts might be less frequent, but they will still be full of important information about things like upcoming deadlines, academic updates, and housing placements so make sure you stay on top of them!

Our office will stay open all summer during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT.  If I’m going to be out of the office for any extended period of time (we take vacations too!) I’ll give you fair warning in advance, but you can always call the main line for help: +1 212-998-4433.

How to Get Involved: Inter-hall Residence Council

The Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC) is the umbrella organization for all hall councils, student organizations within each residence hall at NYU. The IRHC promotes community building, service and advocacy for the 12,000 residents on campus as well as the NYU community at large.

IRHC is comprised of several committees, which include:

  • Events: designs and executes programs for the residential and greater NYU community.
  • Co-sponsorship: provides monetary support for programs benefiting the NYU community.
  • Service: provides service opportunities to the NYU community.
  • Communications: oversees marketing and social media.
  • Advocacy: seeks to improve the residential experience for NYU residents.
  • Conference: serves as the liaison with the NACURH (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE HALLS).