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.