Fifth anniversary of Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds

A week of events starting Sept. 26 will mark the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds statement on diversity, tolerance and inclusiveness at Cornell University.

The University Diversity Council will sponsor events including a guest speaker on global diversity, an evening reception honoring early supporters of the Open Doors statement and various focus groups engaging the community in a discussion of the statement and Cornell's progress in diversity and inclusiveness. Also that week, Ho Plaza will be transformed into "Diversity Boulevard," to celebrate and highlight diversity on campus. Local restaurants, music and cultural groups and Cornell groups will be invited to set up tables and share cultures.

Working with the Division of Facilities Services, the Open Doors campus project will create multiple large-scale archways to be placed in front of colleges and major administrative units, each signifying the Open Doors statement. Colleges and departments will be challenged to decorate the archways to reflect their unique diversity. Prizes will be awarded. A diversity competition also will be held in the weeks before the celebration.

For more information on the events or how to participate, contact Connie Park in the Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity and Life Quality at 255-3224 or


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