Contact the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity

150 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3976
TTY: (607) 255-7066

Fostering an Inclusive Environment

University Diversity Council

The University Diversity Council is committed to ensuring that Cornell's diversity initiative is open to change, and is accessible to all.

Diversity and Inclusion-related Events

The Cornell community is encouraged to participate in the many diversity and inclusion-related lectures, workshops, discussions and exhibits that are held on campus and in the community.

Social Programming: First Fridays of Ithaca

First Fridays of Ithaca is a monthly social networking event for local, diverse professionals. First Fridays is a great opportunity to network, socialize with colleagues in a relaxed setting and meet new colleagues. First Fridays events have been held worldwide on the first Friday of every month since the late 1980s. Come and join this global phenomenon of professional camaraderie right here in Ithaca. Contact Cassandre Joseph at (607) 255-3976 or to join the mailing list or for more information.

Colleague Network Groups

The Cornell University Colleague Network Groups (CNGs) are university sponsored employee resource groups for traditionally underrepresented minorities and allies of those groups. The CNGs provide a professional support system that can extend beyond the workplace. Each CNG advocates for a specific demographic within the Cornell faculty and staff community to improve the recruitment and retention efforts as well as the climate for the community as a whole. The CNGs enhance the Cornell culture by providing feedback and programs to develop an environment that fully engages and cultivates all of the faculty and staff of Cornell University. 

  • Disability Colleague Network Group: The Cornell University Disability Colleague Network Group is a university-sponsored employee resource group. Our mission is to raise awareness, serve as an educational resource, provide support, and offer peer mentorship for those working with short-term or long-term disabilities - their supervisors, colleagues, allies, and other supporters. Through both disseminating disability-related information and resources via various campus communication mechanisms, and networking opportunities, we hope to increase the work/life balance, recruitment and retention of faculty and staff with disabilities.
  • LGBT Colleague Network Group: The mission of the Cornell University LGBT Colleague Network Group is to raise awareness about the workplace issues faced by LGBT faculty and staff; provide networking opportunities for LGBT faculty and staff; and to support the recruitment and retention efforts of LGBT faculty and staff at Cornell University. In addition, the LGBT CNG serves as a resource network for all members of the Cornell community. 
  • Men of Color Colleague Network Group: The Cornell University Men of Color Colleague Network Group is a university sponsored employee resource group.  The group's mission is to provide a professional support system within the staff, faculty, and administrator community to increase the recruitment and retention of men of color, as defined by affirmative action.
  • Veteran's Colleague Network Group: The mission of the Cornell University Veterans Colleague Network Group is to raise the awareness of Veteran issues here at the University; provide a forum for Veteran’s and their supporters to meet to discuss topics of mutual interest and concern; and to support the University’s recruitment and retention of Veterans at Cornell University.
  • Women of Color Colleague Network Group: The mission of the Cornell University Women of Color Colleague Network Group is to develop and create engaging opportunities for networking, professional and leadership development with a particular focus on empowering, recruiting, retaining, and mentoring women of color.
  • Tompkins Connect: Young Professionals Colleague Network Group: Tompkins Connect is the Colleague Network Group for Young Professionals.  The mission of Tompkins Connect is to connect, educate, engage and inspire a diverse group of young professionals and emerging leaders in a culture of social consciousness, leadership development, and volunteerism that will benefit Tompkins County.

Contact Cassandre Joseph, (607) 255-3976 for more information.

Training Opportunities

The following training opportunities are provided to Cornell's faculty and staff:

Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble

The Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble provides customized presentations to providing diversity/inclusion education and training in the workplace.

Skillsoft Online Courses

The following courses are available online:

  • Communication and Diversity Adoption
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Facilitating Meetings and Work Groups
  • Organizational Inclusion
  • Planning a Diversity Initiative
  • The Reasons Why Diversity Matters
  • Starting the Change Process
  • Workplace Diversity
  • Workplace Harassment
  • What is Sexual Harassment

To register, please contact Organizational Development for Faculty & Staff at (607) 254-6400 or via e-mail to obtain an ID and password. After you receive a password and ID, log on to view these courses.