Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement

The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE) supports an inclusive and welcoming environment for all graduate and postdoctoral scholars. OISE promotes a climate of diversity, inclusion, engagement, and achievement, which are integral components of graduate and postdoctoral education.


The Graduate School’s Recruitment Office is committed to promoting graduate study at Cornell.  Our staff serves as the liaison to all prospective students, especially those from diverse backgrounds and populations traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Please use the links below to learn more about what the Recruitment Office and our personnel have to offer you.

Inclusion and Student Engagement Initiatives

OISE provides specific professional development programs to help students achieve success at Cornell and in their future.The Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) and Bouchet Honor Society are just a couple of examples.

Funding and Resources

Cornell University provides a wide range of services and resources to help students reach their academic goals. Students can find academic and social support through Cornell’s many student organizations.

Student Organizations

The organizations and events featured here are a small snapshot of the many events offered at Cornell to promote diversity and inclusion. The following student organizations affiliated with OISE frequently sponsor events for the graduate and professional student communities. 

Graduate School Diversity Advisory Council

The Graduate School Diversity Advisory Council (GS-DAC), comprised of graduate students as well as faculty members, meets regularly throughout the academic year to identify issues, needs, and concerns related to promoting diversity and inclusion among graduate students and to plan diversity-related events and opportunities designed to foster these principles among the Cornell graduate community.

Toward New Destinations

Cornell's transformative diversity and inclusion framework, Toward New Destinations, provides a broad institutional structure for asserting the centrality of diversity and inclusion to the university's values and excellence. Cornell's diversity and inclusion framework 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." Under this framework, each college and administrative unit identifies and carries forward multiple diversity initiatives in support of four core principles (composition, engagement, inclusion, achievement) for one or more seven constituent groups: undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral associates and academic professionals, staff, faculty, the off-campus community, and the extended Cornell communities of parents, alumni, friends, and donors.