Fatiah Touray Named as New Senior Director of Inclusion and Equity

Press Release

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann has announced that Fatiah Touray has been named the University’s Senior Director of Inclusion and Equity, effective December 1, 2020. The Senior Director of Inclusion and Equity is responsible for leading and directing NYUAD’s programs that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

In her new role, Touray will work in partnership with NYUAD’s Office for Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education, the Vice Provost’s office of Faculty Development and Diversity, and all students, faculty, and staff dedicated to the work of helping NYUAD become a more fully inclusive institution.

Touray comes to NYUAD from Sarah Lawrence College (SLC), where she is currently serving as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Special Assistant to the President. In her role at Sarah Lawrence, she launched the first campus climate survey focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. She has introduced bias mitigation training for academic communities, launched programs designed to increase faculty diversity, worked on hiring, retention, and promotion for faculty and staff of color, created and launched a course for all first-year students on Belonging at SLC, and created affinity groups for faculty and staff of color. Previously, she was the Assistant Dean of Diversity and International Advising and the Director of the Academic Achievement Program at the College of Arts and Science at NYU.

Fatiah brings a deep commitment to global education and engagement along with diversity, equity, and inclusion to this new role. I am confident that she is the right person to guide our collaborative work to advance NYU Abu Dhabi’s commitment to inclusion and fostering an open environment where all members of our community can learn, work, and thrive.

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann

Recently, NYUAD launched a new public webpage dedicated to inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity at the university. The webpage is designed to share information about NYUAD’s commitment to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion and includes links to programming, resources, and other initiatives that will support the university community as it fosters an environment where all can belong.


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 115 nations and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.