Friday, December 23, 2011

New York City Workshop

Over the course of the semester, a group of second year students would wake up early on every other Friday and make the pilgrimage from Ithaca to New York City to partake in Professor Bob Balder's New York City Workshop. The class involved working with New York City agencies on tackling issues in NYC neighborhoods. Here are some of the projects the CRP students worked on:

The Crash Quotient:Strategy for Modeling Traffic Safety in New York City
by: Cristen Chinea,Alyson Fletcher, Boris Suchkov, Yuanxin Sun
presented to: Transportation Alternatives, NYC

This project tracked daytime crashes involving a cyclist or pedestrian in Manhattan's West Village. The project aims for a way to interpret the data presented at CrashStat and introduces a crash quotient with which to account for differences in the enviroments in which the crashes occur. The team makes a number of recommendations for improving on their crash quotient and for improving the Crashstat website.

Map of Crashes in NYC
NYC Workshop: Crash Quotient Report

Food Availability and Access in East Harlem
by: Rebecca Gershon, Gregory Kelly, Juliet Mugabi, Tracy Wax
presented to: New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The students worked on food accessibility issues in the face of East Harlem's 62% rate of obesity. The students made recommendations using the Green Carts initiative, Farmer's Markets, and community supported agriculture among other suggestions to improve the availability of healthy food in the neighborhood.

Mural in East Harlem
NYC Workshop: Food Availability Report

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Design Connect Final

On Sunday, December 4th, the students of Cornell's DesignConnect gathered to give their final presentation on the community projects the groups have been working on during the course of the semester. The groups presentation included:

Contamination Map, Ithaca

This team worked with the Ithaca Community Advisory Group to create a map of industrial solvent contamination in South Hill. CRPers on the team included: Vidhee Garg, Lucy Foma, Inna Kitaychik and Marjaneh Mottaghi.

Beer Trail, Cazenovia

Members of this team worked with Madison County Tourism to design a beer trail that showcases the breweries in Central New York State. CRP members included Marshall McCormick, Jared Mast, and Clay Frickey.

Re-visioning a Suburban Mall, Dewitt

Members of this team worked on re-resigning the site of the a currently underused mall in Dewitt. Members included Eva Birk, Ben Bissell, Desmond Corley, Ben Hale, Ben Koffel, Zeewan Lee, Sarah Luongo and Tim Morzel.
Six Mile Creek Walk, Ithaca

Students in this project worked on making the path along Six Mile Creek more accessible and user friendly. CRPers working on the project included Francis Ho and Bonnie O'Neill.

Design Connect Administrative Team with Teams

Photo Credit: Johannes Kettler

Friday, December 9, 2011

HPP Syracuse Workshop

Over the course of the semester, the students in the Historic Preservation Planning Program have been creating a historic resource survey of Syracuse. The neighborhood around Park Avenue was chosen due to its rich history. Park Avenue was very important for the salt industry since it contained salt land. Syracuse, at the beginning of the 19th century, was one of the largest worldwide producers and distributors of salt, the "white gold" of the time. As a result of the economic boom and population growth, there is a large amount of mixed use in this part of Syracuse. The use of the building spanned from residential, to commerical, to industrial. Further information can be found in the survey booklet created by the department.

The students focused on the area to the east of Geddes Street. Overall the students chose 37 buildings on which to conduct intensive level research. These houses were designated as having historic and architectural significance.

The class presented their work on Sunday, December 4th, to the Syracuse community and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability of Syracuse.

HPP students at the St. Paul's Armenian Apostolic Church after their presentation
Picture credit: Ana Castillo

Monday, November 28, 2011

Urban and Regional Studies on Facebook

If you like the Urban and Regional Studies program, then you will definitely like their new Facebook page. Joining the page is a great way to connect with fellow students in the program and keep up-to-date with the latest department events. There are also opportunities to contribute links, make comments, post videos, and puruse photos. Even those who aren’t students are welcome to join. It's a great way to get the inside scoop about what makes Cornell’s Urban and Regional Studies program unique. To get in on the action type 'Urban and Regional Studies at Cornell' in the Facebook search box and click on the 'like' button when you reach the page or follow this link.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rock the Vote

Image provided by Grace Zheng
Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 4:30pm, Sibley Hall, Room 212

Participate in the democratic process!  Come to the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) meeting this afternoon to hear speeches from those running for OCP officer positions.  For those not familiar, OCP is a student-run organization that exists to provide a conduit of information for graduate planning students as they pursue their academic and professional interests.  Students within the organization are represented on various boards within the Department of City and Regional Planning, and Cornell University. They also sponsor social and academic events throughout the academic year that build cohesiveness within the department.

Faculty Conversation Series - Professor Mildred Warner

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 4:45pm - 5:45pm, 208 Sibley Hall

Are you interested in city management and local government research?  Would you like to form a student chapter of the International City County Management Association here at Cornell?

Many challenges face cities today – demographic change, need for infrastructure renewal, fiscal stress and constant pressure for public sector reform. Professor Mildred Warner studies economic development strategy, infrastructure provision, privatization and alternative service delivery and the role of cities in promoting planning that addresses the need of residents across the life cycle – from children to the elderly. She works closely with the International City County Management Association in conducting this research. In the next year she will be launching a project looking at shared service delivery among local governments in New York State. She is also working with ICMA on a new study of alternative service delivery and multigenerational planning among cities across the country. She is willing to serve as faculty advisor to an ICMA student chapter at Cornell if you would like to create one. If you are interested in local government, want to be part of the ICMA student chapter, or want to engage in local government research, come join for this conversation. (Information provided by Rebecca Baran-Rees)

Field Trip to Historic Seneca Falls, NY

Image and information provided by Lydia Morken
 Sunday, November 20, 2011, 1:00pm-6:00pm, Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls is the home of the United States Women's Rights National Historical Park - site of the seminal 1848 Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention. In addition, Seneca Falls has a beautiful historic downtown.  Ever wanted to get to know Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott?  Are you a fan of suffrage?  (Who's not?)  Come along!  The group will be visiting the Historical Park, Museums and touring downtown. The drive is approximately 45 minute each way; expect to leave at 1pm and return close to 6pm. 

Anyone with an interest in feminist history or preservation is welcome.  If you'd like to come along, please email Jon Rusch ( or Lydia Morken ( by Friday, November 18.  There are two confirmed cars; if you are also willing to drive, please let them know (gas expenses will be reimbursed).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Urban Transport in the Developing World: Equity and Sustainability Challenges in a Changing Environment

Dinner and Discussion, Saturday, November 11, 2011, 6:00pm, Miller-Heller House

Eduardo Vasconcellos is a Brazilian transportation engineer and political scientist who completed his post-doctoral research with Cornell's City and Regional Planning program  in 1995. Since then, he has acted as advisor for the Brazilian Public Transport Association. His work has also included urban transport consulting for the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) in Latin America and the Volvo Foundation Center in Africa. His book, Urban Transport, Environment and Equity: the Case for Developing Countries, was published in 2001.  This event is sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning and the International Planning Students Organization. It is open to the Cornell community. (Information provided by Ben Koffel)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Rail-Volution, 2011

Image A provided by Alyson Fletcher.
Two weeks ago, Alyson Fletcher (MRP '12) attended Rail-Volution’s national conference in Washington, DC.  She attended the event two years ago when it was held in Boston.  Alyson said, "I was thrilled to have the chance to return to Rail-Volution because, unlike many conferences, it has an excellent sense of community and attracts a wide variety of disciplines."  The conference hosts annual meetings with leaders from APA, AIA, and ASLA to talk about how they can bridge their silos to create more livable communities through transit.  

Going along with the revolutionary title of the conference, every session has a strong emphasis on how to create momentum for action in the advancement of more equitable community goals.  Panels discuss tactics on how to make data more accessible to the public, how to foster regional support on challenging issues, and how to proactively tackle equity issues in the event of large investments like transit lines.

Image B provided by Alyson Fletcher.
Alyson encourages other students to take advantage of this conference’s scholarship opportunity. Not only do scholarship recipients get generous coverage for admission and travel expenses, but they also get to stay with a host who is highly engaged in the host city community. The conference also does a great job in welcoming participants to the conference by connecting recipients with a mentor who meets with them periodically throughout the conference to discuss topics learned and to introduce them to people they know.  Rail-Volution’s 2012 conference will take place in Los Angeles and scholarship applications are typically in the summer.

Image A: Touring transit-oriented developments and commuter trails in Arlington, VA with city council members and transportation planners using the DC bike-share. DC's bike-sharing program has not only been one of the most successful bike-sharing programs in the world, but it is also providing opportunities to bridge gaps in transit lines as well as to provide connections for legs to and from transit.

Image B: Matt Steenhoek, urban design and transportation planner for PN Hoffman & Associates, explains transit plans to support the Southwest DC waterfront redevelopment as part of an extensive multi-modal tour cutting across the city looking at growth and development as a result of the extension of the green line.

(A version of this article was also posted in the Cornell Planner in October, 2011)

Historic Preservation Planning Alumni Symposium

Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Preservation Practice
Friday, November 4, 2011, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 

Image provided by Jeffrey Chusid
This Friday, the Department of City and Regional Planning will be hosting a Historic Preservation Planning Symposium turning a spotlight on the contemporary opportunities and challenges in the preservation field.  The event brings together alumni representing various state agencies, non-profits, and private consulting firms involved with preservation across the country.  "We're thrilled that Martha Demas, Jeff Cody, and Trudi Sandmeier are arriving from California to take part," says Jonathan Rusch, the president of Cornell's Preservation Studies Student Organization, "Martha and Jeff both work on international preservation projects for the Getty Conservation Institute, and Trudi is the newly-appointed program director for the University of Southern California's graduate program in historic preservation." The lunch session led by Michael Tomlan and Professor Emeritus John Reps, both of whom have been influential in the field's development, is another highlight to anticipate.  Throughout the day-long discussion, speakers will address, from various viewpoints, the question of how, or even if, historic preservation can remain a publicly viable enterprise to the numerous stakeholders involved.  Members of the graduate community, as well as, the public are encouraged to attend the symposium.  All questions about the event should be directed to Jonathon Rusch or Professor Jeffrey Chusid.

 9:00am - 9:15am, 157 Sibley Hall  
Introduction: Cornell HPP Alumni in Practice                               
  • Jeffrey Chusid Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • James Glass '84, Director, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer 
 9:15am - 10:45am, 157 Sibley Hall
Panel 1: Non-Profits and Cultural Institutions Face the Next Decade   
  • Ted Alexander '85, Director, Preservation North Carolina Southwest Regional Office, Mayor of Shelby, North Carolina
  • Julee Johnson '85, General Manager, Historic Urban Plans
  • Trudi Sandmeier '00, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Southern California
  • Moderator: Samantha Bosshart '06, Executive Director, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation
 11:00am - 12:10pm, Hartell Gallery, Sibley Hall
Lunch: A Conversation on the History of Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell, and the Future    
  • John W. Reps '47, Professor Emeritus, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Michael Tomlan '76, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Moderator: James A. Glass '84, Director, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
 12:20pm - 2:00pm, Kaufman Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall (CRP Colloquium)
Panel 2: International Persepctives on Preservation and Conservation
  • Jeffrey Cody '85, Senior Program Officer, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Martha Demas '90, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Michael Tomlan '76, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Chusid Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
 2:15pm - 3:45pm, 157 Sibley Hall
Panel 3: Challenges in Rehabilitation and Adaptive Use
  • Carrie Barton '09, Preservation Specialist/Project Manager, EHT Traceries, Inc.
  • Bonnie Wilkinson Mark '85, Associate at Delta Development Group, Inc.
  • James Warren '86, Manager, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, New York State Historic Preservation Office
  • Moderator: Trudi Sandmeier '00, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Southern California
 4:00pm - 5:30pm, 157 Sibley Hall
Panel 4: The Futureof SHPOs and Statewide Non-Profits
  • James A. Glass '84, Director, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
  • Andrea Tingey '92, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, New Jersey State Historic Preservation Officer
  • Tania Werbizky '92, Western New York Regional Director, Technical and Grant Programs, Preservation League of New York
  • Moderator: Jonathon Rusch '12, President, Preservation Studies Student Organization, Cornell University

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Faculty Social with Pike Oliver: Center for Natural Lands Management

Friday October 21, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Sibley 115

Image and information provided by
Rebecca Baran-Reese
Join a talk with Pike Oliver as he presents his work with the Center for Natural Lands Management—a California-based not for profit that manages nearly 70,000 acres of habitat preserves in California and Washington State.  This includes 70 preserves, ranging from one to thousands of acres. Their projects are found in desert and coastal sand dunes, desert palm oases, coastal sage scrub, vernal pools, marshland, grassland, and riparian forest habitats.

Management at these very different spatial and ecological scales has required them to implement a broad range of tools to insure critical resources are protected. Those tools include: endangered species monitoring and enhancement, prescriptive burn programs, grazing, trespass control, invasive exotic species control, environmental education, passive public recreation, and interagency and research coordination.

Gerald D. Hines Competition Preparation Course

Image provided by Pike Oliver
The Urban Land Institute/Gerald D. Hines Competition is an annual graduate-level real estate and design challenge held in January.  Over the course of two weeks student teams, representing various disciplines, work to create urban design and financial feasibility analyses for a real-world development site located in the United States.  

Students anticipating participating in the competition may enroll this October in a seven week preparation course led by Professor Pike Oliver.  All graduate students at Cornell are eligible to participate, as well as, fifth-year undergraduate in programs such as that for the Bachelor of Architecture degree.  The course sessions review the competition requirements and enable teams to build a competition strategy.  Those who enroll in the course will meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM in East Sibley 157.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cornell in Rome Exhibition

Source: Cornell in Rome Program
Cornell in Rome Exhibition of Spring 2011 Student Work Open House and Reception, Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, Tjaden Gallery

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Women's Planning Forum Dinner and Discussion

Last Friday, CRP students met at the Miller-Heller House for a dinner and discussion with colloquium speaker Elizabeth Sheehan (MRP '95).  Image provided by Lydia Morken.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Promoting Long-term Large-scale Change in Urban Transport: Ensuring Sustainable Futures

Wednesday September 28, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, 208 West Sibley

Speakers: Drs. Miles Tight and Paul Timms, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Miles Tight is a senior lecturer in transport planning at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. He has been actively researching safety, equity and sustainability of travel for over 20 years with a particular emphasis recently on sustainability of transport. He is currently leading a large multi-centre project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on ‘Visions for the Role of Walking and Cycling in 2030’ – essentially a future look to try to understand the role that these modes could play in creating a more sustainable transport system and a more inclusive society and how they might lead to improvements in individual health and quality of life. Other current projects include ‘Understanding Walking and Cycling’ (EPSRC), ‘Behavioural Response and Lifestyle Change in Moving to Low Carbon Futures’ (Tyndall Centre), ‘IMPACT’  (Implementation Paths for Action towards Sustainable Mobility) (Swedish MISTRA project), and STEP-CHANGE (Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design) (EPSRC).

Paul Timms has been a transport researcher for 25 years, involved in various activities across Europe, Asia and Latin America. His main research interests include: Future global mobility scenarios and utopias; Philosophy and history of transport modelling; Interpretation of modelling concepts as literary and artistic concepts; Transferability of transport policies / models between geographical locations; Public participation in transport planning.  Current research concentrates upon thinking about long-term futures for transport/mobility and on how narratives of the future are constructed, trying to understand these narratives in terms of metaphors and myths. 

San Juan ULTRA-EX (Urban Long Term Research Area-Exploratory): Resident Perceptions of Green Areas and Vulnerability towards Flooding in a Tropical City

Monday, October 3, 2011, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, W. Sibley Rm 208

Image and information provided by Lindsay Carter
 The ULTRA-EX Team is currently studying the social and ecological factors that influence the vulnerability and sustainability of the San Juan Metropolitan Area (SJMA) in Puerto Rico. The research has focused on the city’s main watershed, the Rio Piedras River Watershed (RPRW) and its sub-watersheds, as the initial units of analysis of a nested geographical approach that extends progressively into larger units in the future, such as the municipality of San Juan and the whole SJMA. Expected outcomes include an improved understanding of social and ecological interactions, and development and modeling of urban development scenarios in collaboration with stakeholders. The presentation will focus on the challenges posed by inter-disciplinary research, research methods used, and the discussion of preliminary results.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011



DesignConnect is a multi-disciplinary, student-run, community design organization based at Cornell University.  DesignConnect provides practical experience to students through cooperation with local municipalities and non-profit organizations while providing design and planning services to groups that may not have the resources to hire professionals.

Last Thursday, DesignConnect held its first of several "Jam Sessions," meetings intended to provide resources and support for project groups. The DesignConnect Board went over how to balance group dynamics, how to communicate with clients, and how to develop project proposals.

This semester, DesignConnect has several exciting projects underway.  They include documenting brownfield sites in the city of Ithaca, planning a cuisine trail in Central New York, enhancing connections between downtown Ithaca and Six-Mile Creek, showing how tourist destinations of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls can be safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, and providing recommendations on how to develop an abandoned shopping mall in the Town of Dewitt.  Check out DesignConnect's new website to find detailed project descriptions, pictures, and contact information.

Women's Planning Forum Dinner and Discussion

Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Miller-Heller House, 122 Eddy

Image created by Dhanya Elias and Cristen Chinea
This Friday, the Women's Planning Forum is hosting a dinner and conversation with Elizabeth Sheehan (MRP '95), President of Climate Smart, a business subsidiary of Ecotrust Canada. Ms. Sheehan has more than 20 years of experience in community development and small business programming with a specific focus on climate change action, community reinvestment, and business development strategies.  All are welcome to come!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CRP Professional Planning Colloquium

The Professional Planning Colloquium is a forum for visiting practitioners working on topics related to city and regional planning to share their work experience and address problems and opportunities they face in the practice of planning.

The colloquium takes place during the fall semester on Friday from 12:20 pm to 2:00 pm in the Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. The formal session is often followed by an optional informal discussion session held in West Sibley Hall, Room 208, from 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm. Students may enroll in the colloquium for class credit.

Advancing Sustainability Across the Empire State

Week 02 Sep 2 – Mina Amundsen – University Planning at Cornell
Creating a Unified Campus Environment

Week 03 Ruth Schwartz – Shelter Partnership 
Developing Resources and Housing for the Homeless

Week 04 Sep 16 – Ken Reardon – University of Memphis 
Community Based Planning

Week 05 Sep 23 – Elizabeth Sheehan – Climate Smart
Helping Businesses Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Week 06 Sep 30 – NOSESSION 
1st Yr MRP – Washington, DC
Trip Alternative– Attend Upstate NY
ASLA and APA State Conference

Week 07 Oct 7 – NO SESSION 
Friday before Fall Break

Week 08 Oct 14 – Steve O’Neil – Saint Louis County Board of Directors 
Affordable Housing Policy and Practice

Week 09 Oct 21 – Abby Sigal – Enterprise Community Partners 
Making the Good Life Affordable

Week 10 Oct 28 – James Rojas – Gallery 72 and Latino Urban Forum 
Enacted Environments

Week 11 Nov 4 – Michael Tomlan – Jeff Cody – Martha Demas
Current Challenges and Opportunities for Preservation

Week 12 Nov 11 – Planning Students for Diversity
Achieving True Diversity in Planning

Week 13 Nov 18 – Jeff Hou – University of Washington
Engaging Marginalized Communities

Week 14 Nov 25 – NO SESSION Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 15 Dec 2 – Elizabeth Seward – New York City HPD
Mixing Affordable Housing and Retail Development

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cornell in Rome Information Session

Source: Cornell in Rome Program
Today, there will be a URS study abroad information session about the Cornell in Rome Program.  If you aren't able to make it please visit for more information.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Career Matters: Second-Year CRP Graduate Students

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, 261 E. Sibley Hall (located within the Fine Arts Library)

Visit the AAP Career Services Bulletin Board for more upcoming events!

Academic Help

Cornell offers many different kinds of academic help for students. The following list is targeted at undergraduate students. Some services cater to graduate students as well. Ann Forsyth (Director of the Urban and Regional Studies Program).

Study Skills and Tutoring Services

Library Resources

English as a Second Language Programs

Disability Services

Academic Integrity

Gannett Health Center

Career Guidance

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Faculty-Student Social

    Friday, September 2, 2011, the Organization for Cornell Planners hosted itsfirst faculty-student social of the year. Cookies, coffee, and tea were served at the morning get-together. Events like this, held throughout the year, provide opportunities for faculty to meet students they don't necessarily teach and for students to engage in more intimate planning discussions than they have in a classroom setting.

    Making Plans, Not Copies: Tales of Summer Internships and Lessons Learned

    Image created by Lindsay Carter
    Thursday, September 15, 2011, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Sibley 101

    This event will be a panel discussion where 2nd year City and Regional Planning graduate students will have the opportunity to talk about their recent planning-related work experiences and answer questions. In previous years, first year participants have found this session to be extremely useful. Remember, it is never too early to begin thinking about next summer's plans. The experiences of panel members represent the full-range of possibilities across the M.R.P. and H.P.P. programs.

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    For Undergrads--How to Find Distribution/General Education Classes in the Online Courses of Study Site

    It can be a bit tricky finding general education/distribution requirement classes in the online Courses of Study. Melanie Bell, the registrar, has provided the following tips.

    Go to:

    Students can search for any distribution requirement in Courses of Study by entering the requirement code (CA, HA, KCM, LA, SBA, PBS) as a keyword or phrase. There are actually two places you can put in keywords--the upper left search box and the right box under "course filter". Please remember to check each individual course to make sure it is actually designated--sometimes the search picks up other words e.g. "LAndscape" instead of LA.

    The search above may not turn up all of the MQR and PBS classes but there are two additional links that you can use to find the rest.  Below are links directly to to MQR and PBS distribution requirements in Courses of Study:
    · This is specifically under CRP.
    · This list is for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Go to the listing of "Physical and Life Sciences" (note there are three separate sections all under this same heading).

    Ann Forsyth.

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    URS Student/Director Meetings for Fall 2011

    URS Director Ann Forsyth will have an open meeting with URS students approximately every two weeks during the fall semester. To get items on the agenda contact students on the Organization of Urban and Regional Studies board: Meetings will be from 5-6 p.m. in Room 201 W. Sibley on August 29; September 12, 26; October 24; November 7, 21; December 5.

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    CRP Diversity Resources

    Cornell Commitment to Diversity:

    Co-founder Ezra Cornell in 1865: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."

    Cornell University Affiliates

    Multicultural Resource Centers and Initiatives:

    1. Office of Minority Educational Affairs
    2. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center
    3. Women's Resource Center
    4. President's Council of Cornell Women
    5. Cornell United Religious Work
    6. International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
    7. Student Disability Services
    8. Faculty and Staff Disability Accommodation
    9. Bias Response Program
    10. Asian & Asian American Resource Center
    11. Center for the Study of Inequality

    Multicultural Student Programs

    Programs in Cornell's undergraduate colleges, that provide academic, career, and leadership opportunities:

    1. Agriculture & Life Sciences Diversity
    2. Engineering Diversity Programs Office
    3. Hotel School Multicultural Programs
    4. Human Ecology Multicultural Programs
    5. Industrial & Labor Relations Multicultural Affairs

    Courses of Study

    Currently offered in units throughout the university:

    1. Africana Studies
    2. American Indian Program
    3. American Studies
    4. Asian & Asian American Studies
    5. Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies
    6. Latino Studies
    7. Religious Studies

    Cornell University Alumni Affinity Groups:

    1. Cornell Asian Alumni Association (
    2. Cornell Black Alumni Association (
    3. Cornell Latino Alumni Association (
    4. Cornell Native American Alumni Association (
    5. Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (


    1. The James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony (Value: $5,000)
    2. Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Awards
    3. Diversity Scholarship, CRP
    4. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

    Residential Program Houses:

    Program Houses are themed living and learning communities that offer the chance to develop interests (cultural, the arts, the environment) with other like-minded students while experiencing the full breadth of the Cornell residential experience.

    Program Houses Include:

    1. Akwe:kon:
    2. Holland International Living Center:
    3. Latino Living Center:
    4. Multicultural Living Learning Unit (McLLU):
    5. Ujamaa Residential College:

    Multicultural Clubs, Campus-Wide

    There are currently 822 registered student organizations at Cornell. Please take a look at the Student Activities Office (SAO) website to browse for student groups which might interest you:

    Cornell “Firsts”/Diversity Statistics

    Cornell's commitment has continued over time, as reflected in its many "firsts", which include:

    1. In 1872, Cornell was one of the first co-educational institutions in the East;
    2. In 1906, Cornell was the founding institution for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the first undergraduate African American fraternity;
    3. In 1916, Rho Psi, the first Asian fraternity in the Ivy League, was established at Cornell;
    4. In 1929, Cornell was the first university to have an interfaith department for religious affairs;
    5. In 1936, Cornell was the first university to award a Ph.D. to an African American woman (Flemmie Kittrell).

    AAP/CRP Affiliates

    AAP Diversity Clubs:

    • International Planning Student Organization (IPSO)
    • Minority Organization of Architecture, Art, and Planning (MOAAP)
    • The Women's Planning Forum (WPF)
    • Planning Students for Diversity (PSD)

    Department of City and Regional Planning Statement of Diversity

    As part of its progressive mission the Department of City and Regional Planning is committed to the highest level of academic rigor, scholarly inquiry, and professional practice advanced by a culture of inclusion.

    Diversity is a goal, necessity, and opportunity that CRP hopes to nourish through its course offerings, community and professional relationships.

    Our curriculum encourages a learning environment which draws upon the distinctive viewpoints and backgrounds of students, faculty, related researchers, and other members of the CRP community to create safe and welcoming spaces, in and outside of the classroom, for its members.

    The Department recognizes diversity to be centrally involved with questions of power and privilege, and it welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, particularly under-represented ones, to join our community and to redress historical inequity.

    We recognize that engaging multiple perspectives in scholarly debate is essential to the ongoing struggle to foster well-rounded professionals and academics on their path to creating more just, beautiful, sustainable, and humanizing environments. For this reason we believe that we are strengthened by diversity in all its forms.