“I support the abolition of the box at NYU and all other institutions, not merely because of the numbers, but because I have had the privilege of being in a college classroom enriched by the perspective of a formerly incarcerated peer.  If real learning is to take place at college, it is crucial, especially at an institution as elite and expensive as NYU, to share in classroom conversation with people who mainstream society constantly attempts to dehumanize and separate in order to justify their continued oppression. Look at the studies and you will see that inclusion makes sense logically, economically, justly, etc.. But there is something deeper still. May you have the opportunity to feel it, to have a small taste of the truth; that true diversity of identity and life experience, true inclusion of all humanity not only “makes sense,” it feels right and it is the only thing that feels right. This is only the beginning.  Abolish the box!”

 

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