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Cornell University is a place where intercultural skills are developed and used everywhere:  throughout our diverse campus groups, with our community partners, within our classrooms and in our workplaces.  At Cornell, we recognize people with diverse backgrounds and experiences bring great value to education, discovery, creativity, and engagement which is reflected in our long history of diversity and inclusion.

Here in the School of Integrative Plant Science, we take pride in the ways in which our land grant mission calls us to address the needs of diverse stakeholders as well as our long tradition of international engagement. However, we are continuing to actively work at identifying barriers faced by underrepresented groups among faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to insure that SIPS provides a welcoming environment where individuals can bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to our collective task of finding science-based solutions to the world's challenges.  See SIPS diversity data - Fall 2017.

For more insights on the benefits of a diverse working environment, read Katherine Phillips' article in Scientific American, How Diversity Makes Us Smarter.

Resources at Cornell

Outreach activities at SIPS directed at enhanced diversity and inclusion in our community

  • Diversity Audit: 2017-2018 SIPS contracted with Gender at Work to conduct a gender/diversity audit to identify barriers to enhancing diversity in SIPS.
  • ABC Working Group (Achieving Belonging in our Community)
    As a follow up to the Diversity Audit, students, post-docs, faculty, and staff have come together to better educate the SIPS community about inclusive and supportive behavior. Contact if you want to be included on mailing lists for this group
  • Diversity Preview Weekend: introduces underrepresented minorities to our research programs the year before they apply to graduate school (News coverage: 2018, 2019)
  • Plant science outreach in the public schools: graduate students teach science to the elementary grades in Ithaca, Geneva, New York City
  • Expanding your Horizons: graduate students, faculty and staff present lead workshops for girls in grades 7-9 (2017, 2016)
  • Summer Research Scholars Program: providing undergraduate interns with the opportunity to work with faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and staff on laboratory or field-based research projects
  • Science Advocacy: congressional visits, March for Science
  • Skills for Public Engagement: this course provides students with skills for communicating science using text, video, and social media, as well as tools for effective engagement in diverse cultural settings
  • BioBlitz: an event for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn more about the local environment