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.

Signature Initiatives

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Yale University and Howard University established the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in 2005. Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (Ph.D. from Yale University in 1876), the Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

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.

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.