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Contribution to Diversity

In 1868, Ezra Cornell wrote, “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” Over 150 years later, Cornell faculty members, staff and students still strive to welcome students from all walks of life, without regard to income, race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or perceived physical disability. For more than 150 years, talented scholars, representing the spectrum of humanity, have received a world class education and opportunities at Cornell.

Our students come from all 50 states and 166 countries, nearly half of undergraduates identify as students of color, and an increasing number — including 14 percent of our freshman class in 2018 — are the first in their family to attend college.

To educate our diverse student body, we hire and invest in faculty members sharing our historical commitment to pursuing knowledge for “…any person in any study.” We seek to attract faculty who share our ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Every applicant for a tenure track and tenured faculty position is required to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and InclusionThe statement gives candidates an opportunity to describe how they currently or potentially promote diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research and service and how they would continue this work at Cornell.

Information for Faculty Candidates

Information for Faculty Evaluating Statements


Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672