Diversity & Inclusion
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"... any person ... any study."
In the College of Arts & Sciences, you will find thousands of students of truly diverse backgrounds, as well as professors and student services staff to help you along your Cornell journey. The College embodies Ezra Cornell's founding vision where "any person can find instruction in any study."
We invite you to explore the many academic, residential and social opportunities available at Cornell to learn more about your own heritage, celebrate our cultures and build connections with the communities of your choice. Some places to start:
A caring community
We recommend the Diversity and Inclusion website for programs, activities and news related to diversity and inclusion at Cornell for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends. Many resources and opportunities for exchange are available on campus for those seeking caring connections.
Learn about the specific information and resources that the university provides concerning:
Academic programs & departments
The College of Arts & Sciences is home to many interdisciplinary departments and programs that serve as research, academic and community centers for students and faculty.
- Africana Studies & Research Center
- American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program*
- American Studies
- Asian American Studies
- Asian Studies
- Center for the Study of Inequality
- China & Asia Pacific Studies Program
- Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Inequality Studies
- Jewish Studies
- Latina/o Studies
- LGBT Studies
- Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies**
- Near Eastern Studies
- Religious Studies
*This program resides in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, but involves many Arts & Sciences students and faculty.
**This center is overseen by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and houses the following institutes and programs, many led by Arts & Sciences faculty members: Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Cornell Institute for China Economic Research, Cornell Institute for European Studies, East Asia Program, Institute for African Development, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Latin American Studies Program, Meridian 180, South Asia Program, and Southeast Asia Program.
Cultural, resource & advising centers
For a complete list of campus resources, please visit Cornell's Diversity and Inclusion website.
- Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives
- Center for Intercultural Dialogue
- Cornell Center for Jewish Living
- Cornell Hillel
- The Asian & Asian American Center
- International Students and Scholars Office
- Latina/o Student Success Office
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
- Women’s Resource Center
- Cornell United Religious Work
- Resources for undocumented students
- Program House Living and Learning Units (residence halls), including Akwe:kon, Language House, Latino Living Center, Multicultural Living and Learning Unit (McLLU) and Ujamaa.
- The hundreds of student organizations listed by the Student Activities Office
What are Arts & Sciences students doing on campus? At any one time, they might be:
- Mentoring incoming students during our Prefreshman Summer Program
- Doing undergraduate research
- Taking leadership roles in a multitude of student organizations
- Joining edit-thon teams to improve coverage of women and arts on Wikipedia
- Fueling their fascination for math with special upper-level courses
- Visiting Cuba as part of an undergraduate seminar
- Attending a film series at Cornell Cinema related to race, sexuality, gender, class and ethnicity
- Attending a Posse retreat on Crime and Punishment to learn about the U.S. prison and justice system, and leading discussions about changes that need to be made in the system
- Touring the United Nations and hearing from officials about UN initiatives for battling climate change and achieving gender equality
- Improving their language skills through heritage speaker courses
- Participating in a service learning concert tour to the Dominican Republic
Financial aid information
Our Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment works hard to meet your family’s needs regarding college expenses. Our need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid philosophies reflect Ezra Cornell's foudning vision of access to education and create an egalitarian environment for learning, unconstrained by a family's ability to pay.