Since its founding, Cornell has aspired to be a diverse and inclusive university. Cornell’s founding principles continue to inspire and guide us, and when the experience of the community fails to reflect these goals, we must redouble our efforts to create the kind of environment we seek.
In September 2017, President Martha E. Pollack announced the formation of the Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate, composed of faculty, staff and students on the Ithaca campus, and charged with making specific recommendations about how Cornell can implement meaningful institutional change that leads to a campus climate that is more diverse and inclusive, and that expresses greater respect and understanding. The Task Force is also charged with recommending approaches that enable the university to respond effectively to incidents of bigotry and intolerance.
The task force will carry out its work through three subcommittees: Campus Experience; Regulation of Speech and Harassment; and Campus Response. Over the course of the 2018 spring semester, the task force will engage the campus community on these issues and work to create recommendations that: 1) can be accomplished immediately; 2) could be accomplished within six to 12 months; and 3) are aspirational.
- Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate membership announced, December 4, 2017
- Scheinman Institute announces process for nominating members of Presidential Task Force, October 27, 2017
- Statement on co-chairs, charge of task force addressing bigotry and intolerance, October 11, 2017
- Statement from President Martha E. Pollack on events of the past few weeks, September 17, 2017
To contact the Task Force, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.