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. 

Disability-Related Resources 

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.