Among the recommendations set forth in the 2017-18 academic year by both the Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate and the Provost’s Task Force to Enhance Faculty Diversity was the creation of a university-wide statement reaffirming our core values. In fall 2019, the university adopted a set of core values that will serve as the foundation for a more equitable and inclusive atmosphere for all on our campuses.
The university leadership and the Ithaca campus community have collectively identified a number of initiatives and activities focused on creating a more inclusive and welcoming campus. Many were proposed by the Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate and the Provost’s Task Force to Enhance Faculty Diversity, both of which did their work during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Since its founding, Cornell has aspired to be a diverse and inclusive university. Our 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.
As Cornell explores how to capitalize on our expanding New York City footprint, we must first and foremost look to ideas that complement, enhance, and enrich work done in Ithaca. The goal of this faculty committee is to envision what Cornell’s presence in New York City might look like over the next decade. This is intentionally a “visioning” committee, with no guarantee for the resources to implement the specific vision that arises. By giving voice to the imagination of our faculty, we can chart a path, determine what is desirable and feasible, and identify or generate resources to execute the vision.