Diversity Council Resources

A diversity council is a helpful mechanism for ensuring diversity and inclusion initiatives are developed in a collaborative and thoughtful manner. Cornell highly recommends that colleges and units sustain a council of students, faculty, staff, and external partners (when applicable) to focus on advancing their diversity and inclusion initiatives and priorities.

This page contains resources to assist and support diversity councils in their work.

Composition & Assessment Data

Affirmative Action Plans. This comprehensive plan includes affirmative action plans for the Ithaca and Geneva campuses as well as the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Extension Services, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

Diversity Dashboards. This tool is used to monitor progress across the University in the areas of composition, engagement, inclusion, and achievement. The data can be spliced by various demographics including class year, gender, race, and college.

University Climate Surveys.  Institutional Research & Planning conducts various surveys of students, faculty, and staff on a regular basis to assess climate and overall experience.

Graduate School Reports & Surveys.  The Graduate School conducts surveys of new graduate students, doctoral students during their tenure, and exiting graduate students.

Diversity Rubrics.  This rubric was developed by the University Diversity Council to help assess the impact of various initiatives and goals undertaken by the colleges and units.

Training/Programming Opportunities

There are a number of training opportunities across the institution that can be modified to fit the needs of specific populations. Follow the links below to find out more. See the Learning tab of the diversity and inclusion website for a broader listing of resources.

Population-Specific Resources

See the Finding My Community page for a full list of resources.

  • Disability Strategic Plan.  The disability access management strategic plan is the university's road map for disability access that will enhance the university's compliance with disability laws and regulations, and provide best practice recommendations for creating a climate that embraces individuals with disabilities.
  • Disability Inclusiveness - program guide for professional development.  This guide represents an ongoing effort to gather and disseminate information about disability focused professional development available on campus and via local community partners.
  • LGBTQ+ Resources.  Cornell's LGBT Resource Center provides an array of resources and services, including educational workshops, programming, and other development opportunities.
  • Veterans Resources.  The University has a robust set of resources for veterans and military personnel, including the Veterans Colleague Network Group and other resources connected to the ROTC program.

Funding Opportunities

See the Awards and Funding Opportunities page for a full list of resources.

  • Toward New Destinations Grant.  These one-year grants range between $1,000 and $7,000 each. The total amount available for these awards is $35,000.
  • Engaged Cornell Grant Opportunities.  Engaged Cornell supports the creation of new community-engaged courses, research, and internship opportunities, as well as the further development and curricular integration of current community-engaged teaching and research initiatives through several grant programs.
  • Student Assembly Diversity Innovation Fund.  Established by the undergraduate Student Assembly, this fund supports sustainable, high-impact projects aimed at serving diverse populations. Contact the Office of the Assemblies for more information.