Ezra Cornell’s hope of founding an institution where 'any person can find instruction in any study' – was more than just talk. What I didn’t know when I set foot on this campus was that Cornell actually breathed life into those words and had a commitment to maintaining this culture of community and inclusion... But I discovered that on my visit, and I knew that this was the place for me.
Diversity and Inclusion Program (DIP)
Meet the DIP Team
- Coordinator: Natalia Lopez Barbosa
- Deputy Coordinator: Luis Nieves-Rosado
- Diversity Champion: Fernando Escobedo
- Inclusion Advocates: Lucinda Allen, Ahmed Alsmaeil, Bianca Burns, Fernando Escobedo, Hector Fuster, Annika Huber, Christopher Klaasen, Han-Yuan Liu, Zach Manzer, Karthik Nayani, Luis Nieves-Rosado, Ferra Pinnock, Abhishek Sharma, Abraham Stroock, William Tait, Javon Walker, Breana Yessman
Attend a Meeting
Weekly meetings are held on Mondays at 3:00 PM via Zoom. All faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend any DIP meeting.
Join the DIP Email List
To learn about meeting agendas and receive reminders of upcoming meetings, please email the DIP Coordinator, Natalia, at email@example.com.
Community Member Spotlight
Featuring Paxton Thedford of the Wiesner Lab:
"My experience speaks volumes to the kind of inclusive community that exists in CBE and at Cornell."
Paxton, born and raised in Texas, first studied chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He was drawn to research after acing organic chemistry and began working on polymer synthesis. Enjoying the challenges and excitement of research, he began pursuing a Ph.D. Even with the stress of failed experiments, he has found success through his mentors and collaborators to get breakthrough results.
Paxton's goal in the Wiesner Lab is to create block copolymer materials with directed structures. These innovative materials have special electronic, mechanical, and photonics properties.
The College of Engineering is committed to diversity as a critical element in ensuring that our teaching remains connected to real-world problems, our research remains relevant and cutting-edge, and our social composition includes a variety of voices, thoughts, ideas, and opinions. What we are doing to build and sustain the pipeline of outstanding women and underrepresented minority students will impact our world for decades to come.
In the Smith School, we recognize that engineers are people who serve people by solving problems. We strive to create an environment for learning and research in which diverse cohorts of engineers can thrive and can gain skills to navigate both the technical and the human dimensions of our world's engineering challenges.