Diversity & Inclusion

The Graduate School is committed to providing an inclusive and holistic approach to graduate and postdoctoral scholar success.

Students participating in the Intergroup Dialogue Project

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, but especially for those from marginalized communities and/or backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the academy. OISE supports systemic change and promotes a climate of diversity, belonging, equity, engagement, and achievement, which are integral components of graduate and postdoctoral education.


Recruitment

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 backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the academy. Please use the links below to learn more about what the Recruitment Office and our personnel have to offer you.


Signature Initiatives

OISE provides specific mentoring, professional, and academic development programs to help students achieve success at Cornell and in their future.


Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Founded by Yale and Howard Universities in 2005, the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of CLASS: Character, Leadership, Advocacy, Scholarship, and Service.


Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Annual awards presented to graduate and professional degree students, faculty, staff, and community members who have demonstrated a strong commitment towards advancing efforts around diversity, inclusion, outreach, and graduate student engagement.


Funding and Resources

Cornell University provides access to a wide range of internal and external resources to help students reach their academic, professional, and personal goals.


Faculty Resources

The Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement supports faculty engagement in discussions and workshops on holistic admissions, diversity recruitment, and mentoring practices with the purpose of establishing more inclusive research and learning environments. The Graduate School Office of Graduate Student Life supports faculty engagement in discussions related to maintaining a healthy student life, including mental health and stress management, sense of community, life-academic balance, and support for students’ personal development. Partners throughout the university also provide programming and resources for faculty and others supporting the graduate community.


Student Organizations

There are a number of student organizations represented on the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council that work collaboratively with the Graduate School and other campus partners on initiatives to advance a sense of community, professional excellence, and a climate of inclusion for all graduate and professional students, but especially for those from marginalized communities and backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the academy.


Belonging at Cornell

Cornell’s transformative diversity and inclusion framework, Belonging at Cornell, 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.


Reporting Bias

Reporting, understanding, and preventing unacceptable behaviors such as bias, sexual misconduct, and hazing are essential to maintaining our caring community. Cornell offers various avenues for reporting these incidents as well as receiving confidential care and support if you need it.


Land Acknowledgement

The Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement acknowledges that Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ people, past and present, to these lands and waters. We encourage all who engage with Cornell University to learn more about the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’, their history, and people, and to take meaningful action to support indigenous scholars and their communities. We also encourage all to learn more about the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program‘s Project and Blog on Cornell’s Relationship to Indigenous Dispossession


Black Lives Matter

The Graduate School recognizes that the acute transgenerational trauma being experienced by members of our Black community, which has only been amplified by our current social circumstances, is an outcome of the structural racism that continues to pervade our society and institutions. Change will only come with intentional action. To this end, the Graduate School remains committed to fostering an environment that engenders the full and safe participation of all members of our graduate and professional student community. The Graduate School continues to carry forward and expand initiatives to support social justice, address inequities, and help Cornell, as well as the academy more broadly, become a place where Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color can establish a sense of belonging, and where they can thrive, and not just survive.