NYU 9/11 Global Day of Service and Remembrance

The events of 9/11 and the subsequent aftermath have significantly impacted individuals and communities on a local and global scale, the members of the NYU community not excluded. Just as we came together on 9/11 in the spirit of service and reflection, NYU currently seeks to commemorate the event’s global impact through a series of programs involving our New York City campus as well as global sites around the world, under the theme of “United We Stand.”

With 40 percent of our undergraduate students studying at more than 10 academics centers around the world and with two new portal campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shangahi, NYU is in a unique position in Higher Education to promote community and remembrance through its global network university. No university has a greater global presence.

The NYU Global Network University includes:

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Florence, Italy
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • London, UK
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Shanghai, China
  • Tel Aviv, Isreal

On September 10, 2011, NYU will host the 9/11 Global Day of Service and Remembrance, in which its global sites are invited to host service opportunities and a time of reflection and remembrance for their NYU community. Service projects will meet the direct needs of the communities, and reflections will incorporate local cultural traditions. Volunteers across the globe will be united by wearing identical t-shirts during the service activity, the design of which models the shirts used by NYU volunteers, who served in numerous capacities during 9/11. The back of the shirt will read “United We Stand” in multiple languages from across the globe. The shirt will serve as a symbol of solidarity as a global community, as well as a tool of commemoration for those who lost their lives during 9/11 and served during that tragic time.  

Utilizing technology, we will unify NYU’s global community and its efforts through social media and web devices. Through photos, videos, and personal narratives, we will capture the impact of the 9/11 service projects throughout the global network university. Overall, we hope to achieve engaging at least 1,500 NYU community members in our 9/11 service initiatives.   

NYU will be managing and tracking all service projects and volunteer hours for the 9/11 Global Day of Service and Remembrance through our new on-line system, NYUServiceConnect, a volunteer management system powered by VolunteerMatch.  All projects and volunteers will be registered via this system that NYU community members can access via the web or NYU’s new mobile smart phone application. In addition, we will launch a challenge for NYU students to commit to 100 hours of service during the Fall 2011 semester in honor of those affected by 9/11. These service hours will be tracked by NYUServiceConnect, and incentives will be provided for students who meet the challenge.

Though we are still confirming projects for our 9/11 Global Day of Service and Remembrance, the projects in New York City will focus on connecting with our NYU Civic Team partner organizations. The NYU Civic Team provides greatly needed support to 30 non-profit agencies serving at-risk youth, underserved communities, senior citizens, homebound elderly, and homeless New Yorkers. They also provide support services to government offices relating to education and social welfare services.

Projects are being focused around serving with the following community partners:

  • Publicolor:  engages disaffected teenage students in their education by involving them in adding color to all the public spaces in their schools and teaching the process of commercial painting to create a new community of students who work together to improve their learning environments.
  • Learning Leaders: helps New York City public school students succeed in school by training volunteers who provide tutoring and other school-based support, and by equipping all parents to foster their own children’s educational development.

NYU’s New York City campus is focusing on education for its 9/11 Global Day of Service and Remembrance because of the great need in New York City. With a population of over 275,000 being under 18 in New York City, these organizations work with our most vulnerable youth, helping them overcome the various challenges they face as a result of many socioeconomic factors.

In addition to the non-profits listed above, NYU’s New York City campus is partnering with Tuesday’s Children for its 9/11 initiatives. Tuesday’s Children provides support for families of 9/11 and others impacted by global terrorism. Since 2001, Tuesday’s Children has promoted healing and recovery by strengthening family resilience, providing individual coping and life management skills and creating community through programs, mental health support and family engagement opportunities. NYU will host a philanthropic event on 9/11/11 with Tuesday’s Children to raise funds to support their services for those directly affected by 9/11. In addition, NYU will coordinate volunteers to participate in a marketing campaign across New York City in the days leading up to 9/11/11 to bring awareness of the organization and the services they provide.

To bring the NYU community in New York together in reflection and remembrance for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, we will be planting a Swamp White Oak tree in the NYU Oak Grove as the The 9/11 Remembrance Tree. The Swamp White Oak tree is the same species planted on the plaza at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City.   If approved by the NYC landmarks commission, a plaque will be placed near the tree that will include the following excerpt:

“Dedicated as a living memorial on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to honor the spirit of those members of the NYU and Greenwich Village community who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.”

A dedication of the tree and moment of reflection and remembrance will be scheduled during the days leading up to 9/11/11 for the NYU community to attend.