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Reflections on the occupation Of Willard Straight Hall, 50 years later

As Cornell recognizes the 50th anniversary of the occupation, dialogue around these important issues continues. Ezra offers two essays written by Cornellians who are among the many looking back on the occupation to explore its lessons, both broad and personal.


‘Know your purpose,’ speakers urge at OADI awards dinner

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives’ annual Honors Award Ceremony May 3 celebrated students, faculty, staff and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, high academic achievement and strong community engagement.

International graduates honored at Global Learning reception

The Office of Global Learning honored international students’ achievements at a reception in the Baker Portico May 2, sending members of the Class of 2019 off in style.

Occupation anniversary inspires continued progress

Fifty years to the day that students began an occupation of Willard Straight Hall in protest of racial issues on campus, the Cornell community gathered to reflect on the legacy of the occupation and the people involved.

Alumni reflect on Willard Straight occupation, 50 years later

Frank Dawson ’72 held a public conversation April 18 in Bailey Hall with Harry Edwards, Ph.D. ’73, about social justice and the 36-hour occupation of Willard Straight Hall in 1969.

Perkins Prize, new awards celebrate learning across difference

About 80 Cornell students, faculty, staff and trustees gathered for dinner at the Willard Straight Memorial Room April 17 to recognize recipients of the Perkins Prize and new diversity and inclusion awards.

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Civil discourse: ‘All Things Equal’ to air 600th episode

Celebrating its 600th episode April 23, radio program “All Things Equal” on WHCU draws on the diversity of Tompkins County’s communities and campuses to respond to intolerance with dialogue.

Law alumna Rep. Sharice Davids receives LGBTQ award

Recently elected congresswoman Sharice Davids, J.D. ’10, received the Steven W. Siegel ’68 Award from Cornell’s LGBT Alumni Association.

Africana Center to honor founder at 50th anniversary symposium

The Africana Studies and Research Center kicks off a year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its founding with a two-day symposium honoring its founder, James Turner.