Commitment to Inclusion

2013 Diversity in Scholarship and Engagement Symposium (a collaboration between Academic and Diversity Initiatives and University Graduate School)

Commitment to Inclusion

Cornell's approach to institutional inclusion and diversity planning is holistic. Our commitments, both regulatory and strategic, involve novel approaches to improve campus culture and our demographic composition.

Toward New Destinations

In fall 2011, the University Diversity Council was restructured to include the president, provosts of the Ithaca and Weill Cornell campuses, five Ithaca-based diversity professionals, three Weill Cornell diversity professionals, as well as two vice presidents, three vice provosts, the director of institutional research, and the dean of students.

The University Diversity Council developed an institutional diversity planning initiative, "Toward New Destinations." The initiative lays the foundation for the university to remain positioned on the leading edge of education and employment through enhancement of a culture that provides for the full participation of all members of our community.

Affirmative Action and Workforce Inclusion Plan

As a federal contractor, Cornell University is bound by the federal laws that address affirmative action compliance. Each year, the university reports on its progress in addressing its compliance obligations.

Addressing Bias Activity

Since 2000, Cornell University has had a program to track bias that is occurring on all campuses in an effort to be proactive in creating an inclusive climate for all. Information about bias activity, including incident summaries and responses, is updated monthly in Reports and Responses to Bias Activity at Cornell University. In January and July of each year, aggregate data on the Reporting Bias System is collected and presented in Mid-Year and Annual Reports.

Disability Access

Cornell University is committed to diversity and inclusiveness, with the goal of providing an accessible, usable, and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors with disabilities. Since 2004, a team of individuals from departments across the university has worked to address disability access, which has resulted in a comprehensive web page and a strategic plan.

Restroom/Facilities Use Guidelines

In keeping with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination and the commitment to inclusion, the University allows students, staff, faculty, and visitors to use the restroom or facility that corresponds to their gender identity*. In addition, the University maintains a number of universal restrooms across campus to address restroom facility access not necessarily related to gender identity, such as access for parents with children and for other attendants/caregivers. These facilities are all-gender, accessible spaces, which may include amenities for families such as baby changing stations.

*Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender. A person’s gender identity may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth.

Gender Equity

Cornell University is committed to creating a climate that supports gender equity and complying with the obligations identified under Title IX. As a result, the university has established a Title IX coordinator and a team of deputies to address student, workforce, and athletics issues. In its efforts to address both its compliance obligations and its commitment to gender diversity, the university has created a gender-equity institutional plan that includes how the university is addressing sexual harassment and assault as well as other aspects of gender equity.