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Dean’s Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Alex Colvin

The ILR School seeks to further Cornell University’s commitment to inclusion and opportunity, rooted in the democratic and nonsectarian values envisioned by its founders. As the leading academic institution focused on the world of work, labor, and employment, issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are central to our mission. We address these important issues through our teaching, research, outreach and as an employer.

  • Teaching: our curriculum across undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels addresses DEI issues as central to understanding the world of work.
  • Research: we have leading researchers investigating DEI in the workplace and in society, developing insights that improve policy and practice.
  • Outreach: we engage with workers, organizations, and policymakers to help labor, management, and government advance DEI in their own organizations and in their work.
  • Employment: we are committed to recruiting and retaining  exceptional faculty and staff that reflects the diversity of our students.

Creating an environment where students, staff, and faculty experience a strong sense of community is paramount. We will continue to strive as an institution to advance our DEI commitments and create a more equitable and inclusive environment so all members can thrive.

Alexander Colvin, Kenneth F. Kahn Dean of the ILR School


Office of Student Services

The Office of Student Services can help students with inclusion, and offer direct support for those in need. Find out more about the services we offer students, and get in touch with someone who can help.

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Student Organizations

We host a range of programs and organizations for students from many backgrounds, interests, and identities.

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Faculty and Staff

Center for Teaching Innovation

The Center for Teaching Innovation offers workshops and training guides designed focused on the creation of inclusive classrooms.

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Land Acknowledgement

Cornell University’s Ithaca campus Land Acknowledgement respects and recognizes indigenous peoples and the history and connection to their traditional lands and waters.


Cornell Human Resources support the seven dimensions of wellbeing, including cultural wellbeing, with resources and programs.

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Belonging at Cornell

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Across the university, initiatives focused on diversity, equity and inclusion support our collective efforts to create a campus community where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences can both contribute and thrive.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The ILR School’s diversity, equity and inclusion council works with various constituencies across the school to foster collaborations that promote a more equitable and inclusive environment.

Larry Mancuso, Associate Dean for Human Resources, facilitates the council.

Explore Cornell's Diversity and Inclusion Resources

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Cornell is committed to addressing biased behavior and activities through understanding how it happens anywhere at the university and at all levels. Students, faculty, and staff can confidentially report biased activity to Cornell's division of diversity and inclusion. You can find out more about bias reporting, tracking, and the university's approach to understanding and addressing bias on their bias reporting page.