It's our mission—and our responsibility—to engage with the needs of modern societies, as both a means of learning and a means of effecting relevant change.
The Center for Transformative Action (CTA) helps create communities that are socially just, ecologically sound, and work for everyone. We do this through our educational programs, and by supporting system-changing projects with incubator and fiscal sponsorship services. Our projects work to transform the structures, as well as the habits of mind, that produce inequities in our communities, country, and the world. Through their innovative methods, as well as their successes and challenges, they show us what is possible. CTA is an educational non-profit organization affiliated with Cornell University.
Cornell University is an active member of the Ithaca and Tompkins County communities. Diversity and inclusion are important to the university, the City of Ithaca, Tompkins County, and other area municipalities. The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County works collectively to address diversity issues; one of their programs is a biannual county-wide diversity roundtable. Cornell's campuses in New York City and Doha, Qatar, are similarly engaged with their respective local communities.
The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) is a center for all ages, particularly youth and teens. It serves the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational, and recreational programs focused on social and individual development.
The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services actively fosters the academic success and personal growth of LGBT students, and it offers college-wide services to enhance the campus community's understanding and appreciation of LGBT people and themes.
The mission of MRC is to create dialogue around diversity issues, particularly racism, in Tompkins County, and to facilitate community leadership on these issues by helping to empower people to embrace our community’s ethnic and cultural diversity.
In the tradition of Cornell's ongoing commitment to diversity and social responsibility, Cornell has expanded its use of diverse suppliers and encourages its large suppliers to develop and expand their own supplier diversity programs. Cornell provides an opportunity for businesses to certify that they are small, small disadvantaged, minority, veteran, women, disabled veteran, or disabled-owned businesses.
Tompkins Connect's mission is to connect, educate, engage, and inspire a diverse group of young professionals and emerging leaders in a culture of social consciousness and leadership development that will benefit the not-for-profit community. Tompkins Connect hosts many events throughout the year for young professionals in Tompkins County to interact both socially and professionally.
The Tompkins County Human Rights Commission (TCHRC) is a volunteer advisory group appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature for the purpose of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all persons in Tompkins County. The general role of the TCHRC is to encourage equality; discourage discrimination; and to serve as an advisory board to the Office of Human Rights.