Keynote addresses by Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life, and Vijay Pendakur, dean of students, highlighted campus housing initiatives and campus activism and how these areas are a priority for the University.
The prize, established and endowed by Thomas W. Jones ’69, is given annually to a program or organization that exemplifies “the most significant contribution to furthering the ideal of university community while respecting the values of diversity,” according to a description of the event.
Five months after the Chi chapter of Psi Upsilon was closed, the first of two renovation phases to transform the former fraternity house into an open activity space for student organizations was completed.
The newly re-designed diversity website is intended to be the primary online gateway for accessing information about diversity and inclusion at Cornell. In launching this site, we hope to provide a more inclusive, transparent, dynamic and user-friendly experience and resource to the community. To accomplish this, input and feedback from stakeholders is and will continue to be both an essential and valued part of the process. The website you see today at www.diversity.cornell.edu was a collaborative effort with input from a variety of individuals. I am thankful to the students, faculty and staff who shared their opinions and helped shape this central resource.
The University has already taken some steps to increase inclusivity on campus after several racially charged incidents on campus, but Pollack is delegating possibly the most important decisions to the hands of others.
While recent events involving incidents of bias and discrimination have propelled the University to release plans for “diversity initiatives,” many students are looking for clarification of how diversity training would take shape.
The two administrators also announced a philanthropic commitment from a Cornell alumnus to support first-generation and low-income student initiatives over the next five years, a gift that the University will use to hire a full-time staffer who will implement programs and support for this student population.