Belonging at Cornell News

May 3, 2022

Dear Cornell Community,

As we near the end of the semester, we are pleased to provide a few of the many updates on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives across campus:

The Cornell Division of Public Safety has been established, creating the foundation for a more equitable and balanced approach to campus public safety. This action resulted from the work of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), charged in 2020 with evaluating and reimagining a plan for campus safety.

A new website highlighting Cornell’s commitment to Indigenous nations and communities within North America has launched. View the website to learn more about Cornell’s history with Indigenous communities, as well as stories about more recent projects and research.

An LGBTQ+ Resource Guide for faculty and staff is now available. The guide offers suggestions for best practices for classroom and colleague engagement, a glossary with guidance on the use of appropriate terms and resources available for the LGBTQ+ community.

The Belonging at Cornell Initiative grants Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open for faculty and staff (a grant cycle for students will launch in September). Collaborative projects that align with the university objectives of improving the Cornell experience for students, faculty, and staff and support the environment of Cornell as a great place to study and work are encouraged. Proposals are due June 6.

The Belonging at Cornell framework continues to support initiatives fostering respect and appreciation for difference and strengthening the culture of inclusion and belonging at Cornell. We invite you to review some of the great initiatives going on around campus in this newsletter.

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

Newsletter Archive

Upcoming Events


Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee: Forging Lasting Peace 

Tue., May 3 at 5 p.m.

Hear Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee's views on how action and activism can shape a just world.

The Future of Law Enforcement

Wed., May 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Acting Ithaca Mayor Laura Lewis and Sonia Rucker, Cornell AVP of Inclusion and Belonging, for a moderated discussion with Cedric Alexander.

Gatty Lecture: Boats, Waters, and Queer Figures in Contemporary Philippine Cinema

Thur., May 5 at 12:15 p.m.

Join Kale Fajardo for a talk on postcolonial and decolonial implications portrayed in Filipino films.

More Events

The image, commemorating Asian Pacific Heritage Month, displays a Japanese Seigaiha wave pattern.

Join Cornell students, faculty and staff in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during the month of May. Find diversity celebration resources, activities and events on Cornell’s diversity website.

Resources & Opportunities

2022 Belonging at Cornell Innovation Grants

Application deadline June 6th

Proposals that include cross-college/unit collaboration and promise to drive sustained impact to the Cornell community are encouraged.

Soup & Hope Creates Connection Through Storytelling

Spring 2022 semester

The popular speaker series, in its 15th year, continued with stories of transformation and empowerment. Enjoy recordings from this past semester here.

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

June 1-30, 2022

Online course that provides an opportunity to explore strategies to effectively support student engagement and a sense of belonging across difference.

Faculty Learning Community for Inclusive Teaching

June 1-29, 2022

Discussions, activities and reflective exercises focused on designing, or redesigning your course using an inclusive course design framework.

Advancing DEI Staff Training

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

Cornell Center for Cultural Humility (CHUM)

Several program offerings focused on cultural sensitivity in research, practice and policy.

More Resources