Trauma-informed and equity-centered practices and resources
Mentoring NYU Abu Dhabi students for academic success involves guiding them in thoughtful academic planning, decision making, and goal setting. A powerful place to start is by asking your students: “What is your learning strategy for thriving in this course?” This will prompt students to actually identify their tools for success and where the support is available to do meet their goals.
Encourage (or require) students to visit your office hours, either face-to-face or virtually. Build rapport around thriving in the course generally and around future goals, to make the relationship more comfortable. Your availability will yield connectedness to evolve into constructive and education engagements for your learners.
Establishing trust in your classroom will help support your learners as individuals. When students feel like they belong, this also encourages their responsibility to the classroom community. When students feel as though they do not belong this can distract them, and prevent them from being full present for their learning. You can send group voice/audio messages via email regularly. You can host small group office hours in 3-4 students from your class.
Undergraduate students are face extraordinary pressure during their college experience. They are learning to self-regulate their responsibilities and time-commitments while adjusting to adult life. Be generous in feedback and maintain empathy for your students. We want students to experience product struggle so they can be independent learners. But we want to guide them through that process with empathy.
“For culturally and linguistically diverse students, their opportunities to develop habits of mind and cognitive capacities are limited or non-existent because of education inequality. The result is their cognitive growth is stunted, leaving them dependent learners, unable to work to their full potential.” - Zaretta Hammond, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, 2014
At NYU Abu Dhabi we have extensive support for all our learners. As their teacher, you can guide them to the below additional support mechanisms.
Academic and personal coaching is available for your students:
Student Success supports students with academic and personal coaching to help students thrive at NYUAD. Our success coaches meet with students individually to provide one-to-one coaching where they share strategies, build specific skills and create action plans to help students meet their personal and academic goals.
These coaches can help your students with the transition to and through their college years. You can refer students here if you think they need more guidance on self-regulated behavior, and how to navigate college-life practices. These services are important, because when students can reach their full potential, it significantly improves their well-being, creates a more meaningful academic journey — and most importantly — fosters a greater sense of belonging for them.
NYUAD Success Coaches can help students with:
The NYU Abu Dhabi Library provides resources and technologies needed for research and teaching and an extensive range of physical and electronic resources for the NYUAD community.
Research librarians have specific subject expertise that can applied to the content development of your syllabus. They are available to host research sessions for your students to walk them through relevant databases and research strategies. They are also available to help cover citations and academic integrity with your students.
Research librarians also create customized, online research guides with detailed research guidelines and links to library resources and services that will be beneficial for class assignments and research projects.
Archives and Special Collections materials are available to NYUAD students, faculty, and staff, as well as qualified researchers from the UAE and abroad. Their goal is to provide access to rare and unique primary sources to support, enrich, and augment the research interests of students and faculty, and to document the history of NYUAD through the collection and preservation of archival material.
They offer access to the NYUAD reading room, short-term loans for teaching and/or exhibition on a case-by-case basis, photocopies, and digital photography services.
The Center for Academic Technology (CAT) is the one-stop shop where NYU Abu Dhabi students, faculty, and staff can receive help with their academic technology needs.
The team supports students, faculty, and staff in using technology, software, and equipment for their teaching and research. This team also supports classroom technology services and audio-visual services on campus. They are located in the NYUAD Library.
They have specialized equipment, software, and training sessions to get you up to speed.
Borrow equipment — including laptops, DSLR and video cameras, headphones, tablets, hard drives, and accessories.
Step-by-step instructions for faculty and students so you can get the most out of NYU Classes.
From Adobe Creative Cloud to Visual Studio, we provide support in procuring, licensing, installation, and troubleshooting of academic software.
We offer a variety of high-quality, customized printing options to support your curricular and research needs, including large format, photo, and 3D printing.
The Writing Center is a resource for students to gain 1-to-1 support, and it is also through the Writing Center that workshops are administered for Core Curriculum classes at the request of faculty. Instructors are activated via consultation with faculty, they help design a bespoke writing workshop for the class, and then invite students to follow up with visits to the Writing Center.
The Writing Program's Directors offer 1-to-1 faculty consultation regarding the teaching of writing across the curriculum. The Directors can help with syllabus design, the development of writing prompts, and conversations about commenting on papers. The Directors also collaborate on faculty development workshops for the faculty in the core. Contact Marion Wrenn or Ken Nielsen if you would like to set up a consultation.
John C. Bean, Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, Second Edition, Jossey-Bass 2011.
“Learn to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporate them into your courses in a way that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion, and debate, with Engaging Ideas, a practical nuts-and-bolts guide for teachers from any discipline. Integrating critical thinking with writing-across-the-curriculum approaches, the book shows how teachers from any discipline can incorporate these activities into their courses.” Kerry Walk, Teaching with Writing.
NYU is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for students of all abilities. The Moses Center for Student Accessibility works with NYU students (across all sites) to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations that support equal access to a world-class education. Students can submit an online application for academic accommodations directly with the Moses Center. Faculty will be informed via a letter from the Moses Center if any of their students require accommodations.
For the administration of academic accommodations during this period of online learning, please contact Aisha al Naqbi, the Moses Center liaison at NYUAD.
Located on the ground floor of C2 building, the Health Center provides medical, counseling and dietitian services to NYUAD students. The Health Center deploys a best practices model of healthcare for our global student body in consideration of their unique needs, available resources, and regional laws. Contact Dr. Ayaz Virji, Medical Director or the Health Center for student appointments.
Students also have access to a number of wellness initiatives facilitated by Wellness at NYUAD. They aim to provide a nurturing, challenging and supportive environment for students to develop physically, emotionally, personally and socially as part of their wellness journey. Programs include an array of fitness, athletics, wellness, and well-being workshops.
Discover more about the make up of the student body and faculty at NYUAD.