Belonging at Cornell News

February 17, 2022

Dear Cornell Community,

As we start a new semester amid continued stressors on our community, from the effects of the ongoing pandemic, to acts of racial, religious and other biases, we acknowledge the anxiety, stress and collective loss that many have experienced. We are grateful for our Cornell community that has shown creativity, ingenuity and amazing strength as we continue to work towards a greater sense of inclusion and belonging.

We are pleased to share a few brief updates on institutional initiatives across Cornell. Next steps are in process on the racial justice and equitable futures initiatives with the formation of an implementation committee for the undergraduate diversity education requirement that will start its work this semester. A national search for the inaugural director of the Center for Racial Justice and Equitable Futures has been initiated. Additionally, a new website emphasizing Cornell’s commitment to Indigenous nations and communities within North America will soon launch.

Belonging at Cornell engages the entire Cornell community in the university’s continued efforts to promote diversity, equity and a sense of belonging. In this newsletter, explore some of the great programs and initiatives that support the objectives of the Belonging at Cornell framework, as well as those that celebrate Black History Month.

The Presidential Advisors on Diversity and Equity (PADE)

Avery August, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Marla Love, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students
Sonia Rucker, Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Belonging

Upcoming Events

Cornell celebrates Morrison's birthday with screening, roundtable

Fri., Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

Explore Toni Morrison's artistic and intellectual vision through a screening of the film The Foreigner’s Home (2017), followed by a roundtable discussion.

Soprano Karen Slack and the Miró Quartet

Sun., Mar. 6 at 3 p.m.

Celebrate Black women composers with arrangements of art songs, spirituals, and other works presented by the Cornell Concert Series.

2022 Virtual Social Justice Career Fair

Wed., Mar. 16 at 12 p.m.

Learn about job and internship opportunities with various union, social justice and nonprofit/advocacy organizations.

More Events

The image, commemorating Black History Month, includes the following individuals starting from left to right, top row: Toni Morrison, President Barrack Obama, Madam C.J. Walker, Malcom X, Harriet Tubman, James Baldwin, Ida B. Wells, Muhammad Ali, and Nina Simone.  Left to right, bottom row: Representative John Lewis, Beyoncé, Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Frederick Douglass, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Maya Angelou, and Nelson Mandela.

Join Cornell students, faculty and staff in celebrating and recognizing contributions of Black people during Black History Month. Find diversity celebration resources, activities and events on Cornell’s diversity website.

Resources & Opportunities

Call for Inequalities Faculty Fellows

Application deadline March 1st

The Einaudi Center seeks two inaugural faculty fellows to lead a newly expanded global research priority.

Any Person, Many Stories

Exhibit will open Fall 2022

The Center for Teaching Innovation invites participation and story submissions from the Cornell community.

Mental Health in the Black Community

Dates throughout February

Online educational series addressing various social impacts, perspectives and opportunities.

EARS Training Program

Applications due February 20th

A comprehensive program offering designed to hone your communication, empathy, and listening skills.

Advancing DEI Staff Training

Mandatory 6-part course empowering staff to support a Cornell culture where everyone feels valued.

The Inclusive Excellence Network

Collection of podcasts and seminars developed to engage the Cornell community around topics that impact the workplace.

More Resources