Our Commitment to Diversity
We are committed to providing a welcoming and affirming environment for all students. We recognize that historical power and privilege have marginalized and oppressed individuals from various identities and backgrounds.
We are committed to:
- providing an environment in which people who have experienced marginalization can be heard and seen.
- reducing barriers and supporting students’ health and well-being through resource allocation and advocacy for policy change.
- enhancing our own cultural consciousness and humility through staff training, participation in social justice events, and intentional engagement in difficult dialogues.
We believe that diversity strengthens our institution. We envision a community free of bigotry, expressions of hatred or prejudice, and behaviors that infringe upon the freedom and respect that every individual deserves. We are committed to expanding our understanding of the complex issues surrounding identity in order to advance the notion "... any person ... any study."
Hate has No Place at Cornell
Cornell has a historic commitment to diversity and inclusion and aims to address any issues or concerns of bias in a prompt and effective manner. We encourage you to step forward and share information if you witness or experience bias in any form.
We condemn all discrimination, racism, and violence against students, colleagues, and community members near and far.
Student Disability Services is a resource for students with questions about:
- disability access on campus
- disability discrimination or ableism
- disability advocacy
Please contact our office if you would like to discuss any of these issues with one of us.
We believe that ableism has no place at Cornell. Read more about our guiding principles.
Read more about formal and informal processes for resolving disability-related complaints.
Other Campus Resources
We recognize the diversity of the disability community, including the intersectionality of various identities alongside disability identity. While we welcome being a resource for your questions around identity-based issues, we also want to share with you other identity-based resources that exist at Cornell. We fully support your choice to seek the resource(s) that work best for you.
- American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP)
AIISP provides Indigenous-related academic, student support, and outreach services.
- Asian & Asian American Center (A3C)
The A3C brings together the rich diversity of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans (APIDA) student experiences to support a strong and inclusive campus community.
- First Generation & Low Income Student Support
Supports all students who identify with the first-generation and/or low-income.
- Latinx Student Success Office (LSSO)
The LSSO provides confidential and respectful support to Latinx students with academic and personal concerns in all the colleges/schools at Cornell.
- LGBT Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center is here for LGBTQ+ students and allies of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences.
- Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment (MSLE)
MSLE supports students in exploring the shared and unique experiences, histories, and heritages of our diverse community. MSLE advises key programs and organizations, promotes peer-to-peer mentorship, and provides advocacy.
- Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI)
OADI programs especially support low-income students, those who are the first in their families to achieve a college degree, and under-represented students of color. They are also home to the Student Veterans Advisor.
- Office of Global Learning – International Services
International Services is here to help students and scholars from around the world thrive at Cornell.
- Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM)
OSMM supports students of all religious identities, ethical backgrounds, and worldviews.
- Students with Families
Resources and services for expectant students, students with children, and students with partners.
- Undocumented and DACA Support
Provides information on matters of admissions, financial aid, campus resources, privacy, legal assistance, and safety available to DACA and undocumented students.
- Women’s Resource Center (WRC)
The WRC fosters a more vibrant campus community by supporting the full and active participation of women-identified students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Cornell.