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 (

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!

Write for NYU’s Student Travel Magazine

Are you interesting in travel writing and photography? Consider submitting to Baedeker, NYU’s student travel magazine.

Baedeker, strives to connect readers with incredible people and places around the globe, as well as present stories and images from diverse and unique destinations in an appealing format, both in print and online. Baedeker publishes in print twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, showcasing student travel writing and photography from all corners of the world. As you gear up for great adventures, both in the city you’ll call home as well as other cities you’ll explore, Baedeker hopes you will capture these places in words and in photographs to share with the larger NYU community.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email to The Baedeker team would love to help you think about places you want to write about and photo stories you could share.

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.
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How to Get Involved: Athletics

Starting this week we will feature different ways to can start to think about how you can get involved on the NY campus.

There are ways ways to get involved with team sports in New York at NYU: Varsity, Intramural, and Club sports.  Each category has different levels of commitment and expectations of skill levels, but if you enjoy competing on a team there will be an option for you.  To get started, explore NYU’s Athletics website and learn more about sports offerings.

Remember, NYU also has athletic facilities open to students, including the new 404 Fitness Center.

Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions in Shanghai for Sophomores and Juniors

To help sophomores and juniors prepare for their time abroad in the fall 2017, students are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation hosted by the NYU Shanghai Office of Global Affairs and Office of Student Life. Students have received a separate email invitation for their designated Pre-Departure Orientation session. Please refer to the Global Week Schedule for the date and time of the session for your specific site.