The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) provides a unique combination of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) courses, student leadership opportunities and an undergraduate residential experience at Akwe:kon, the first Native student residence hall in North America.
The mission of the Asian & Asian American Center (A3C) is to bring together the rich diversity of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans (APIDA) student experiences to support a strong and inclusive campus community. We promote positive student-to-student and group-to-group interaction to contribute to the multicultural education of all students and to the social/cultural development of leaders able to navigate a diverse and complex global society. Our programs focus on advocacy, education, identity and community-building. We strive to be an affirming and welcoming space on campus that works to incorporate principles of social justice into our programs and services. All are welcome and encouraged to attend our programs and get involved in our work.
Chartered by the President of the University with delegated authority from the Board of Trustees, the Assemblies serve as advisory bodies to the administration, representing matters of concern and constituent interests to University leadership. The assemblies formally advise the administration and recommend changes to policies through legislative processes articulated in their respective charters. The three constituent assemblies–representing undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, and staff–and the all-constituency University Assembly, along with the Faculty Senate, comprise Shared Governance at Cornell. The fundamental mission of the Assemblies is to obtain extensive involvement of community members in the formulation and review of non-academic policies, recommendations and decisions impacting daily lives on campus.
Belonging at Cornell is a framework designed to continue the progress towards making Cornell a more diverse and inclusive environment. Its mission is to focus our collective efforts on creating a campus community where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences can both contribute and thrive. The intent of Belonging at Cornell is to improve the overall experience of faculty, staff and students, not to solve every diversity or inclusion challenge, nor eliminate the effects of respectful, but challenging discourse.
Campus Activities provides vibrant and supportive opportunities that promote and nurture student learning, the practice of leadership, social responsibility, interpersonal skill-building and self-awareness through experiential learning.
Conference & Event Services provides numerous resources to those wishing to plan events on Cornell’s campus. Staff members can assist with: Contract Negotiation; Ticketing; Budget Management; Production; Safety & Security; Talent/Artist selection; Promotion and Publicity; Hospitality; and Volunteer and staffing issues.
Care & Crisis Services offers programs and services that encourage each student to develop skills and qualities for personal and academic growth and well-being. We aim to help students thrive in, and contribute to, a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community at Cornell and beyond.
We empower students to identify their strengths, interests, and values; discover and explore possibilities; gain experience; and develop strategies for pursuing diverse career paths and managing career decisions. We offer an array of career-development activities that inspire students to gain confidence and establish a foundation upon which to build their careers over a lifetime.
The range of possibilities for graduate study in Cornell’s Center for Applied Mathematics encompasses the areas of specialization of all of the faculty members in the field, who currently number more than 100 superb faculty. The faculty members are drawn from 14 departments in the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. There is opportunity for further diversification on the choice of minor subjects. Our faculty has a wide-range of research interests including mathematical biology and physics, probability theory, nonlinear dynamics, numerical analysis, network theory, optimization, mathematical finance, signal processing, mathematical physics, and game theory.
We fuel economic growth and diversity in Upstate New York through entrepreneurship and innovation. We support and empower people to start and grow new ventures.
Colleague Network Groups (CNG):
The university sponsors Colleague Network Groups (CNGs) as a way for traditionally underrepresented minorities and their allies to find support, both at Cornell and beyond. The CNGs enhance our community culture by providing engaging programs for Cornell faculty and staff.
College of Arts and Sciences (A&S):
The innovative undergraduate curriculum at A&S has distribution requirements that range from global citizenship to physical sciences to ethics and the mind. Classes build upon each other and cross the boundaries of traditional academic fields. Extensive work occurs outside of your major and minors, and there are no required core courses. Work closely with inspiring faculty to develop the hallmark skills of a liberal arts and sciences education – the ability to read critically, write persuasively and think broadly.
College of Engineering (CE):
Cornell Engineering is a place where every day we strive to live out Ezra Cornell’s vision of “any person, any study.” We know that there is great strength in diversity and great reward in asking questions nobody has asked before. We honor our past and at the same time understand the need to do new things in new ways. Ezra Cornell wanted to break away from the educational norms of the past. In that same spirit, Cornell Engineering continues to break new ground in what we study and in how we study it.
Cornell Police (CP):
The Cornell University Police department is an internationally accredited organization that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from its headquarters in Barton Hall. The department has 68 members, 43 of them sworn officers who patrol campus on foot, in vehicles, on bicycles, and with explosive detection K-9s. The mission of Cornell Police is to protect lives and property, maintain order, prevent crimes, receive and investigate reports of crimes, and provide other law-enforcement services. The department is responsive to the special needs of Cornell’s large and diverse community—a community of people who come from across the United States and the world to study and work at Cornell.
Cornell Division of Human Resources (CU HR):
Collectively support an environment of inclusive excellence in scholarship — learning, discovery, and engagement — where students, staff, faculty, and retirees of Cornell learn, work, and live as a community.
Cornell Health provides medical and mental health services for students on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. Our 200+ staff member serve more than 80% of Cornell’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students every year. We also support the health and well-being of the entire campus community through services for Cornell employees and other individuals, and campus-wide health initiatives and campaigns.
Cornell Tech (CT):
Cornell Tech focuses on creating pioneering leaders and technologies for the digital age, through research, technology commercialization, and graduate-level education at the professional master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Our premise is that the rapid pace of innovation in the digital age calls for new approaches to commercializing university technology, new levels of strategic collaboration between companies and universities, and new curricula for graduate education. We are creating new academic programs that blend technical depth, business knowhow, design skills and a “builder” mindset.
The Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity provides institutional leadership by promoting a learning, living, and working environment in which we encourage full participation of all members of the Cornell community. Using data collection and workforce analysis, we design and deliver innovative strategies to achieve inclusive excellence in our systems, structures, and culture.
We support Cornell’s diverse alumni initiatives and diverse alumni associations. Our efforts center on helping to coordinate the work of our diverse alumni associations, which maintain independent alumni volunteer boards; organizing engagement events; conducting fundraising initiatives to support diversity programs on campus; and growing our dynamic diverse alumni community to further inclusion. We also work closely with Cornell’s on-campus diversity offices and programs to engage alumni in their work.
Cornell Mosaic is an organization of Cornell alumni and friends created in 2006 to assist the university in meeting its goal of increasing the number of diverse alumni engaged with the university. Mosaic members serve as ambassadors for Cornell’s diverse communities by identifying opportunities to influence university priorities, supporting and promoting diversity initiatives, and collaborating with the larger Cornell University community—all for the benefit of the diverse alumni and the larger Cornell community. The Mosaic Steering Committee provides oversight and direction for the membership of Mosaic and the larger diverse alumni population.
Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) offers a variety of programs and services to engage and develop both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, staff, and future Cornellians. We also provide opportunities for members of the Cornell Engineering community to receive recognition for their academic, mentoring, leadership, research, and professional endeavors.
First-Generation & Low-Income (FGLI):
First-Generation & Low-Income (FGLI) student support is intended to promote identity exploration, community, advocacy and empowerment for all students who identify with the first-generation and/or low-income student experience. Our work is grounded in a holistic, intersectional approach to foster an educational environment for FGLI students to succeed and thrive at Cornell. As a unit in the Dean of Students, Diversity and Inclusion portfolio, we aim to promote and centralize academic and social resources to remove institutional barriers to allow, first-generation and/or low-income students to benefit from an inclusive and transformational educational experience.
As the preeminent educational institution in the world focused on work, employment and labor, we are dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge that improves the lives of workers and transforms the future of work.
Institutional Equity and Title IX Office (OIETIX):
The Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX (OIETIX) promotes and ensures civil rights compliance for all members of the university community. OIETIX works to prevent and address sexual and related misconduct, prohibited discrimination, and protected status harassment through data collection and analysis, incident response and resolution, and training and education.
The LGBT Resource Center is here for LGBTQ+ students and allies of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences. We strive to be an affirming and welcoming space on campus that works to incorporate principles of social justice into our programs and services.
The center organizes, stimulates, and supports research, teaching, and outreach programs and activities to enhance graduate and undergraduate education and to prepare Cornellians to contribute in the international sphere.
Our mission is to encourage student learning through the co-curricular and foster an inclusive campus environment. With a commitment to increasing cross-cultural awareness and competency, we support students and student organizations in their efforts to offer a wide variety of programs and initiatives that explore both the shared and unique experiences, histories, and heritages of our diverse community. We do this through supporting more than 150 student organizations, advising key programs and organizations, promoting peer to peer mentorship, and advocacy.
The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) at Cornell University serves as a centralized hub that provides academic and professional-development support and resources for undergraduate students who are traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved in higher education. OADI’s mission is to empower students to develop and leverage their own academic agency as they seek to achieve their scholastic, professional, and personal goals.
The mission of the Office of Engagement Initiatives is to build a culture of community-engaged learning, making it a hallmark of the Cornell undergraduate experience.
The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity (OFDD) provides a range of resources, including training and support for deans, department chairs and individual faculty members, in the areas of faculty development and diversity. OFDD works with deans, chairs and search committees to improve recruitment and retention practices and to increase diversity in faculty hiring. The office provides guidance to the academic leadership and to individual faculty members on mentoring and the tenure and promotion processes. OFDD also offers professional development programming and grants opportunities for faculty. The office actively collaborates with the Division of Human Resources, the Dean of the Faculty, and other offices on campus in its efforts to support the success and well-being of all faculty members.
The Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM) and Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) nurtures the human spirit by inviting our students to make meaning of themselves and the world.
OSMM supports all Cornell students – regardless of their religious identity, ethical background, or worldview – in deepening their beliefs and discovering a sense of meaning and purpose. Through programming, social events, community service, and religious services, OSMM provides opportunities for exploration of spiritual practices, consideration of one’s meaning and purpose, examination of the interconnected nature of humanity, and the pursuit of a more socially just world.
The Office of the Dean of Students inspires transformation and enriches the lives of students by providing opportunities for students to grow and learn as individuals and to develop as leaders and contributing members of a larger community.
Empowering students through campus and community collaborations to create a more just and equitable world.
We aim to build student capacity for deep meaningful co-curricular community service among students committed to reciprocal community engagement. We strive to be a resource for connecting students’ passion with opportunities to do purpose driven work both on and off campus, and to prepare students to have meaningful community engaged experiences.
Women’s Resource Center (WRC):
The mission of the Cornell Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is to foster a more vibrant campus community by supporting the full and active participation of women-identified students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Cornell. The WRC champions endeavors that support women’s education, empowerment, and advancement at Cornell and beyond.
The WRC strives to be a welcoming space for people of all genders and identities. We especially encourage women of color, Black feminists/womanists, queer and trans folks, and people with disabilities to drop by, attend our programming, apply for co-sponsorships, and speak with us about your concerns.