Since its founding, Cornell has aspired to be a diverse and inclusive university. Our founding principles continue to inspire and guide us, and when the experience of the community fails to reflect these goals, we must redouble our efforts to create the kind of environment we seek. Visit the Office of the President's page for ongoing updates.
- Scheinman Institute announces process for nominating members of Presidential Task Force (Oct. 27, 2017)
- President Martha E. Pollack announces co-chairs, charge of task force addressing bigotry and intolerance (Oct. 11, 2017)
- Statement from President Martha E. Pollack on events of the past few weeks (Sept. 17, 2017)
- Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate membership announced (Dec. 14, 2017)
Provost Kotlikoff and Vice President Lombardi have been charged with developing and/or enhancing programs and services that support diversity and inclusion on our campuses.
In September, President Pollack directed the heads of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils to develop a substantive and meaningful diversity training and education program for all their members, to be implemented before the spring recruitment cycle.
- Read the action plan that outlines steps for accountability, education, impact, and change for the Greek community in light of recent bias incidents.
Alternative Dispute Resolutions Process
The dean of students has been charged with creating and implementing an alternative dispute resolution process based on restorative justice that can be a resource, in conjunction with our disciplinary system, for students in addressing any future incidents.
New Student Orientation Programming
Vice President Lombardi announced that new programming will be developed and implemented to help incoming students learn about living in a diverse community. This programming is expected to be a part of the expanded student orientation starting next fall.
Helping Faculty Address Diversity in the Classroom
The new Center for Teaching Innovation is expanding and enhancing services for faculty, including devoting new staff resources to helping faculty address diversity in the classroom and facilitate faculty-student conversations.
Creating Space for Student Resource Centers on Central Campus
The Division of Student & Campus Life has initiated a planning process to establish a central campus location for our student resource centers. The process include working with students, staff and alumni in the coming years to identify the right space and resources to realize this goal.