Department of Inclusion and Belonging

Our Vision

Embrace difference; Promote inclusion; Achieve excellence

Our Mission

The Department of Inclusion and Belonging provides institutional leadership by promoting a learning, living, and working environment in which we encourage full participation of all members of the Cornell community. Using data collection and workforce analysis, we design and deliver innovative strategies to achieve inclusive excellence in our systems, structures, and culture.

Our Values

Values Inform and Guide Our Work on Behalf of Cornell University.

Respect: Unbiased consideration and regard for the rights, values, beliefs and property of all people

Integrity: The quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness, honesty, sincerity with a desire for high ethical standards

Accountability: Answer to one's own actions and conduct

Cooperation: Working together to common purpose

Creativity: A high degree of innovation and originality


  • Inclusive Excellence Academy:  Courses designed to develop an inclusive educational environment and workplace. Programs incorporate interactive theater and experienced speakers that engage audiences, open eyes, and change minds.
  • Diversity Council Resources: Information about Cornell’s diversity recruitment and retention programs and resources, including training and networking opportunities to support communities of color, disabilities, LGBT, military veterans, women, and religions.
  • Bias & Reporting: Information and resources regarding Cornell policy and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment, and bias.

  • Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action: Learn about Cornell’s Affirmative Action Plan, including contacts for university Affirmative Action representatives.