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Diversity

Ph.D. Bound

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program prepares eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Cornell works closely undergraduate students, encourages them to enroll in graduate programs, and then tracks their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees. The goal is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

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Message from the Provost

Diversity is in Cornell’s DNA. From our founding, we have embraced, cultivated, and protected the differences that enrich our community and the world. We hold diversity as a timeless core value and seek out and gather people with a spectrum of perspectives and backgrounds to study and work at Cornell.

Our diversity is a foundation of our excellence and we strive to strengthen it through access and affordability. By bolstering resources for scholarships, graduate fellowships, professional student scholarships, and faculty and staff positions, we will keep our doors open and build bridges for the best, the brightest, and the most varied to join our community.

 

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Our Vision

In 1865, Ezra Cornell and A.D. White founded Cornell as an institution “where any person can find instruction in any study.” From its early days, the university has set milestones as a champion of access, inclusion, and respect for all, among them:

  • 1872—One of the first institutions in the East to welcome women
  • 1906—The founding institution for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the first undergraduate African-American fraternity
  • 1916—Home to Rho Psi, the first Asian fraternity in the Ivy League
  • 1929—The first university to have an interfaith department for religious affairs
  • 1936—The first university to award a PhD to an African-American woman, Flemmie Kittrell

Inspired by this legacy, we look ahead to Cornell’s sesquicentennial in 2015 and our goal of sustaining our excellence as America’s first opportunity university. We seek to strengthen diversity-engaged learning and reinvigorate our commitment to providing access to excellent education and employment for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, veteran status, nationality, ethnicity, economic status, and other markers of difference. 

Our Plan

We will sustain, safeguard, and honor diversity within our community and throughout New York State, the nation, and the world. To succeed in this goal, and as outlined in the university’s strategic plan, we will:

  • Increase the size and quality of faculty in strategically important academic areas to address projected retirements
  • Significantly increase the diversity of faculty through new hires and enhanced retention efforts
  • Attract a talented and diverse workforce
  • Strengthen efforts to attract and educate an excellent and diverse body of undergraduate students
  • Strengthen the capacity of graduate and professional programs to recruit and educate a diverse body of the very best students

 

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Our Priorities

As we deepen our commitment to diversity, the following forms of support will sustain Cornell as a beacon of educational excellence and inclusiveness:

  • Faculty diversity
  • Faculty renewal and recruitment
  • Diversity-centered initiatives in pedagogy
  • Undergraduate scholarships
  • International undergraduate scholarships
  • Graduate fellowships and professional student scholarships
  • Diversity-centered initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Annual funds

 

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Toward New Destinations

Toward New Destinations provides a broad institutional framework for diversity, asserting the centrality of diversity and inclusion to the university’s values and excellence. Cornell’s diversity plan is based on the recognition that education, research, knowledge production, and operational and academic pursuits are enhanced through full and reciprocal engagement among diverse perspectives, life experiences, and modes of knowledge creation and interpretation. Toward New Destinations is thus designed to promote the pursuit of excellence through support for the core values provided in Cornell’s institutional commitment of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Toward New Destinations Initiatives 2013-14.

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Recent News

Erin Moore, energy outreach coordinator for Facilities Services, sees her job at Cornell as a "one-of-a-kind opportunity …
The spring issue of Ezra Magazine features the stories and voices of diverse members of the Cornell community.
National Public Radio host and special correspondent Michele Norris delivered Cornell’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. …
Breaking Bread, sponsored by 6-2-6 Center for Intercultural Dialogue, returns February 11 with Cornell Hillel and the …
Since fall 2011, 626 Thurston has served as Cornell's hub for conversations about differences.
Doctoral student Meredith Ramirez Talusan, M.A. ’11, who studies comparative literature, serendipitously taught a Filipino …
The Cornell Graduate and Professional Student Assembly hosted a Call-Congress day Dec. 4 as a part of the national …
A dozen undergrads were thrust into the teaching trenches this fall at DeWitt Middle School in Ithaca, where they …
Understanding experiences, best practices focus of research
Kimberlé Crenshaw '81, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, School of Law and Columbia Law and …
This year is the 10th anniversary of Keith Sinclair's support for students at Cornell. Over the course of a decade, his …
A photo display at the Africana Library celebrates major players of the 1963 March on Washington.
Helen and Nidia Trejo are pursuing their interests in fiber chemistry and apparel design in the College of Human Ecology.
Cornell has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to become one of three new University Centers of Exemplary …
Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering has received the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society’s diversity award.
Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., urged seniors to connect with others to create change and promote peace and justice at …
Human Ecology alumna Marihug Cedeño, a 2013 Cornell Law graduate, says her "meager beginnings" taught her valuable lessons …
Conducting research on diseases common in humans and animals alike allows Avery August to make discoveries otherwise …
Cornell professor N'Dri Assié-Lumumba has been elected vice president of the Comparative and International Education …
New acquisitions of graffiti, film, and photography expand Cornell University Library's Hip Hop Collection
A student group's efforts to establish a Muslim Cultural Center (MCC) on campus has resulted in a space in 208 Willard …
An ILR School report finds that expanding the workplace talent pool through hiring employees with disabilities makes good …
The American Society of Civil Engineers has named Abena Sackey Ojetayo '07, M.Eng. '09, an engineer with Cornell …
The student group, which sends students on service-learning trips to Nicaragua and encourages them to become global …
The Nobel Prize-winning author returned to campus March 7 for a conversation about literature, politics and, especially, …
In an effort to bring together women of color from Cornell and the Ithaca community, the Women of Purpose Alliance — a new …
The newly formed Cornell University Disability Colleague Network Group (DCNG) invites any member of the Cornell community …
More than 230 administrators, alumni and friends celebrated Lisa Yang, ILR '74, at the Cornell Asian Alumni Association's …
In his Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Feb. 11, author Wes Moore called for more leadership and education to …
Black History Month puts focus on the role of black people in the development of world civilizations and memorializes …
Twenty-seven students from Brazil have arrived on campus for a year of study in engineering, life sciences, film and other …
Jason Kats '10 gave his friend, Sam Scott '10, an unusual wedding gift: He endowed the first fund ever in the American …
Cornell University, has added 53 new faculty members this fall. Of the new additions, there are four new Black faculty …
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, hosted by the School of Hotel Administration, recently gave …
By using diversity among its diversity officers to promote diversity, Cornell is promoting the climate of inclusion that …
The Cornell Daily Sun interviews hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaata, visiting scholar with Cornell University Library.
Citigroup vice chairman, former Kellogg’s CEO, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce illustrates growing scope of opportunities …
The 14th Annual Cornell University Diversity Update Conference Program will be held Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the …
Stephanie Ball '13 used to think that sending clothing to Haitians would help them weather their economic difficulties. A …
The university contains the nation's largest archive on Hip-Hop culture Hip hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa has been …

Contacts

Lynette Chappell-Williams
Associate Vice President for Inclusion
and Workforce Diversity
Cornell University
160 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
lc75@cornell.edu
607-255-3976

A.T. Miller
Associate Vice Provost for
Academic Diversity Initiatives
Cornell University
200 Computing and Communications Center
Ithaca, NY 14853
atm65@cornell.edu
607-255-6384

 

 

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