Critical Race Training in Education

Cornell University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
300 Day Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853
Phone
(607) 254-4636
Email address
admissions@cornell.edu
School Information
"Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world." Founded in 1865 and located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University identifies itself as a private university with a public mission. The university has 24,027 students and 1,684 professors. (Source: https://www.cornell.edu/about)
General Information
This summer, Cornell University announced a series of actions to respond to advocates of critical race theory. A for-credit, university-wide graduation requirement covering “systemic racism, colonialism, bias and inequity” is under development. Additionally, the university announced the creation of an "anti-racism" research center, as well as possible reform of its police department. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The six-module, “Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Cornell” mandatory course will be launched for staff. Faculty will be required to go through a “required educational program”.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    A for-credit educational requirement covering “systemic racism, colonialism, bias and inequity” will be developed with some input of DoBetterCornell student group.

  • Program and Research Funding

    A “center that will promote research and teaching in matters that relate to systemic racism, colonialism, bias and inequity” will be developed by the Faculty Senate.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) will now directly report to upper-level University administration. PSAC will “make recommendations to improve campus security policies and procedures”.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Anti-Racist initiatives (including research and teaching) will be carried via the model of “shared-governance.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    “English Faculty Vote to Change Name to ‘Department of Literatures in English’”

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Staff will be required to undergo a series of training focused on "Equity" and "cultural competency". The six-part certificate course is called "Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Cornell".

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    All faculty will be expected to participate in programming on race, racism, and colonialism in the United States, as well as subsequent discussions within their departments. There will also be an institution-wide themed semester on racism.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    The Division of Student and Campus Life has created a "Community Response Team" to respond to "issues of wellness, crisis or distress within campus living environments and will collaborate with the broader campus system of care that attends to the needs of community members".

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Faculty Senate will be considering the proposal for an educational requirement for students which will consist of multiple video modules and discussions.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The Faculty Senate will be considering a required educational program for faculty, which will be used for accreditation purposes.

  • Program and Research Funding

    The Faculty Senate will be considering the creation of a new Antiracism Center, which will be a center for both academic research and activism on campus.

  • Program and Research Funding

    The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) has been conducting research into Cornell's land grant history, as the university received appropriated land from the federal government

  • Resources

    The ILR School is offering a new course, entitled, "Diversity and Inclusion: Emerging Trends - Recalibrating Diversity and Inclusion".

  • Resources

    The Office of Engagement Initiatives is supporting "ONEComposer" and putting on performances of musician whose "contributions have been historically erased". Cornell Orchestras is putting on its "BLM Speaker Series".

  • Resources

    The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is starting its "Diversity Entrepreneurship Program" in June 2021.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The College of Human Ecology announced the launch of its "faculty cohort hire in social justice".

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The Division of Human Resources (HR) is launching an assessment of its "hiring and professional development processes and systems" to retain a "broadly diverse workforce".

  • Program and Research Funding

    "...three innovative and collaborative projects were funded that align with institutional objectives of fostering a sense of belonging, promoting fair treatment and supporting the environment of Cornell as a great place to study and work."

  • Resources

    The “BIPOC Rock Climbing" class was originally for “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color," before the course description was changed to state that the class is “designed to enable Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color underrepresented in the sport of rock climbing to learn the sport and to feel included and supported."

Last updated February 20th, 2021