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)
Inclusion requires an ongoing effort to seek to understand every viewpoint, to empathize with every voice, and to speak collegially across differences. It also requires that we educate ourselves and others on how to identify and counter instances of intolerance. Through these actions, DIP continually works to cultivate an environment that ensures the participation of every individual and empowers every person to reach their full potential.
Email the DIP Coordinator, Trevor Donadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend a meeting:
General meetings are held on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM in room 216, Olin Hall.
Community Member of the Month:
Featuring Ankita Mukhtyar of the Escobedo Lab:
"I found Cornell to be flexible and interdisciplinary which gave me the freedom to study what I found interesting."
Ankita has always been very focused on the breadth of areas that chemical engineering covers.After completing her undergrad in Mumbai, India, she chose Cornell and has been exploring many opportunities in and outside of CBE, such as business and computer science and helping lead the Graduate Society of Women Engineers.
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.
DIP Initiative Archives
Highlighting the completed initiatives of DIP in an effort to create a more diverse and inclusive environment in Olin Hall.
Diversity SurveyClick to Open
The Diversity Survey aimed to identify unknown deficiencies in the department that limit the successful building of an inclusive community and trust between department members - student, faculty, and staff. Once identified and assessed, the Diversity and Inclusion Program (DIP) addressed these concerns by organizing on-going events, workshops and recommending training initiatives. These events will aim to improve the sense of belonging and inclusive nature of our community, building caution and preparedness to act against bias and divisive rhetoric. To assess progress, the survey will be issued yearly.
Inclusion StatementClick to Open
An inclusion statement is a paragraph or section in an institutional, department or course charter that welcomes the range of human representations. Inclusion statements publicly communicate values of diversity and inclusion as well as outline goals and a plan for nurturing a diverse and inclusive learning environment. DIP believes that inclusion statements can serve as a powerful reflective exercise for members of the CBE community to contemplate their contributions to the climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department. We conducted this exercise collectively as a department (1) and offered opportunities for community members to do so individually (2).
(1) A sub-committee of DIP, composed of students and faculty drafted the Inclusion Statement for the entire department. This document offers a statement of CBE’s values, goals, and progress related to diversity and inclusion. Our hope is that the CBE Inclusion Statement will be a living document that will evolve based on input from the community.
(2) On-going efforts include hosting a workshop-series that supports staff, students, post-docs, and faculty in crafting an inclusion statement and/or personal narrative on the topic for professional or academic uses, such as on course syllabi, research websites, or job and fellowship applications.
The CBE Inclusion Statement can be read here: https://www.cheme.cornell.edu/cbe/about/mission.