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.

Colleague Network Groups

Cornell’s Colleague Network Groups are university-sponsored employee resource groups for diverse populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, differently abled, young professionals, LGBT, and veterans, and allies of those groups. The groups provide programs that enhance the university culture by fully engaging all our faculty and staff. Each group advocates for a specific demographic within the Cornell faculty and staff community—to aid in recruitment and retention efforts, as well as improve the climate for the community as a whole.

Diverse Student Groups

Nearly 1,000 student organizations at Cornell are registered through the Student Leadership, Engagament, and Campus Activities office. A searchable database, provides links to organizations that are as diverse as our students.

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.


Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) was established to ensure that the widest range of life experience, knowledge, creative expression, and original thinking is shared across the breadth of Cornell's students, faculty, staff, and disciplines, particularly by those with backgrounds historically less likely to have been represented on campus. OADI supports the increased presence, academic success, intellectual achievement, and inclusion across all fields of study of those from these under-represented backgrounds at Cornell.

Intercultural Center at Cornell

The Intercultural Center at Cornell provides a supportive environment in which all students can share, grow, and explore. Students can discuss issues, engage in cross-cultural communication, and foster cooperation among peers. You'll find open hearts and minds in a place where the doors are always wide open.

Offices Supporting Diverse Communities

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 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.

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!

Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE)
The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement is part of the Graduate School's mission to provide an inclusive and holistic approach to graduate and professional student and postdoc success. OIPD supports student success through recruitment, diversity fellowships, professional development programming, and ongoing support.

Community Connections

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.