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$3.3M gift to support CIS diversity efforts

A $3.3 million gift from the Hopper-Dean Foundation will fund the creation of an Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Computing and Information Science, in addition to new fellowships and support for existing programs.

Pollack, August give update on racial justice initiatives

University officials outline progress on efforts to support and strengthen the community and create a more just and equitable Cornell.

A&S ‘Racism in America’ webinar series launches Sept. 16

Amid calls to address racism in the United States, the College of Arts and Sciences is launching a yearlong webinar series, “Racism in America.” The series kicks off Sept. 16 with “Policing and Incarceration.”

Yoon: Enslaved laborer memorial invites healing, reflection

The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA has won praise for an inclusive design approach led by Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP co-founder Meejin Yoon, B.Arch. ’95, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art and Planning.

‘Belonging at Cornell’ survey to inform diversity action plans

Results from a survey of Cornell faculty and staff are giving colleges and units a better understanding of how to make diversity and inclusion thrive on campus.

Dyson student’s initiative supports Black-owned businesses

Empower is a newly created, student-led initiative that serves to connect Black-owned businesses with undergraduate student volunteers who offer their time and talent in support of business operations or projects.

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Panel: Pandemic has exposed long-standing health inequities

“Systemic Racism and Health Equity,” a webinar hosted July 23 by the Cornell Center for Health Equity, featured insights from three expert panelists and moderator Jamila Michener, associate professor of government and center co-director.

Rural Humanities initiative to focus on Black lives

The Rural Humanities initiative has chosen “Rural Black Lives” as its theme for 2020-21, and its projects and programming will concentrate on the visibility of Black lives in rural central and western New York state.

McNair Scholars lobby DC virtually for more higher ed funding

Cornell’s McNair Scholars shared their stories of academic excellence July 21-24, as they paid virtual visits to the offices of U.S. senators and representatives to advocate for more higher-education funding for first-generation and low-income students.