Finding My Community

2013 meeting of the Veterans Colleague Network Group (VCNG)

Finding My Community

Cornell's Communities

Cornell University has numerous opportunities on and off campus for individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect with others with the same background or with totally different backgrounds. Faculty, staff, students, and community members engage in and host social events, networking groups, and organizations during the course of the academic year. The university and the local community also host events together, such as the Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival, the Annual Sister-Friends Luncheon, and the annual Ithaca Juneteenth Celebration.

Explore the specific resources for:

Faculty Undergraduate Students
Postdocs and Academic Professionals Graduate & Professional Students
Staff Alumni, Parents, Friends, and Donors
Community Partners  

Identity-Based Offices & Programs

There are many offices, programs, and resources that support various identities, regardless of affiliation with Cornell, ranging from academic programs to support services.

Africana Studies and Research Center
The Africana Center is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized scholars and educators, socially conscious intellectuals, and students representing each of Cornell’s undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges.

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
The American Indian Program (AIP) at Cornell University provides a unique combination of educational, social and cultural opportunities to Native students studying at the University.  Our first commitment is to facilitate students' academic success and address their cultural needs.  Native student organizations, such as NASAC, AISES, IGSA, and NALSA allow students to develop leadership and organizational skills. The Program offers student support services, American Indian Studies courses, community outreach, and more.

Asian & Asian American Center (AC3)
The Asian & Asian American Center (A3C) brings together the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American student experiences to support a strong and inclusive campus community. The center nurtures 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. The Asian & Asian American Center also serves as a second home for Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and bi/multiracial undergraduate and graduate/professional students.

Cornell United Religious Work
Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) is the university's inter-faith department, coordinating the work of 29 member religious groups. CURW offers programs of worship, study, and social life, as well as opportunities for students to engage in interfaith dialogue.

Cornell Women's Resource Center
The Cornell Women's Resource Center (CWRC) is dedicated to serving the entire Cornell community with mutual respect, honesty, and openness. The CWRC values women and men coming together to end sexism, along with all forms of oppression, and maintaining an environment where all are free to affirm and celebrate their differences and commonalities.

Disability Information - Resources

ADA contacts, campus resources, student groups supporting people with disabilities, and local contacts for regional, state, and national organizations can be found on this page.

Families at Cornell

Whether you are an expectant student, student spouse, partner, significant other, or a family with child(ren), we recognize that families can be as diverse as our students. At Cornell, we realize that families are essential allies in encouraging the academic success and well-being of our students. As a result, we provide resources and services to assist spouses and partners with their own ambitions and goals, along with essential support for families with child(ren).

Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program (FGSS)
FGSS is an interdisciplinary program that investigates how gender is embedded in cultural, social, and political formations. The study of gender and sexuality urges attention to the complex structures of power and inequality, tracing intersections and relationships among sexuality, race, class, age, ethnicity, and nationality.

International Students and Scholars Office
Cornell's International Students and Scholars Office was founded in 1936, to advise and support foreign students and academic staff and their families, and to promote cross-cultural awareness throughout the Cornell community.

Latino Studies Program
The Latino Studies Program at Cornell focuses on diverse Latino communities in the United States, and engages questions about Latino histories, immigration, politics, labor, literature, art, education, language, religion, and more. The Latino Studies Program provides a wide range of programming events by more than 30 Latino student organizations.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center coordinates the efforts of the entire Cornell community to ensure the inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) individuals and works to eliminate discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The LGBT Resource Center affirms LGBTQQIA+ identities and lives, and provides education, outreach, advocacy, and support. The LGBT Resource Center is also the home of over 20 undergraduate and graduate student organizations and serves as a community center and gathering space for LGBTQQIA+ students, staff, and faculty. Allies are always welcome!

Veterans at Cornell

As a person who has served or is currently serving in the military, ROTC, the Reserves or National Guard, you bring a unique perspective to our university. Whether you enter Cornell University as a student, staff or faculty member, you have much to offer Cornell, and Cornell has much to offer you. We recognize that your military service is an important step along your life and career path. The supportive and caring environment at Cornell offers the perfect place to build on the skills and experiences of your military service while you pursue your aspirations. Cornell is proud to participate in the GI Bill and is a Yellow Ribbon institution.