Diversity and Inclusion

A diverse community includes everyone and is the foundation for the meaningful exploration and exchange of ideas

2013 Diversity in Scholarship and Engagement Symposium (a collaboration between Academic and Diversity Initiatives and University Graduate School)
2013 Diversity in Scholarship and Engagement Symposium (a collaboration between Academic and Diversity Initiatives and University Graduate School)

Cornell University is committed to creating an environment where diversity of faculty, students and staff is fully supported. Commitment to diversity dates back to the very beginning of the university’s inception, with Ezra Cornell’s 1865 statement, “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”  As years have passed, Cornell’s sustained dedication to diversity has been evident through many significant events, such as the 1906 founding of the first undergraduate African American fraternity, the 1916 founding of the first Asian fraternity in the Ivy League, and awarding the first PhD to an African American woman in 1936.  Today, Cornell’s commitment to diversity is evident through numerous initiatives on our campus, including the formation of the University Diversity Council, reinvigorating the institution’s dedication to diversity by holding meetings, lectures, courses, performances and other diversity-related events to get the campus community involved.  In addition, the Cornell Faculty Institute for Diversity helps faculty incorporate diversity-related material into their lectures and infuse their course offerings with diverse perspectives.  In the coming years Cornell will continue supporting diversity on campus by working towards goals such as increasing the diversity of faculty through new hires and enhanced retention efforts, attracting a diverse workforce, and strengthening efforts to attract a talented and diverse student body. 

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