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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Ever since Ezra Cornell and A. D. White joined forces to "found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study," Cornell has been at the forefront of higher education in embracing a community that is diverse and inclusive.

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) proudly reaffirms the values that underlie the vision of Cornell's founders. We are dedicated to pursuing a welcoming and inclusive environment, a diverse student body, and an open learning environment that is free from bigotry and bias. We do not tolerate prejudice in any form or discrimination on any basis.

Thousands of traditional and non-traditional students from around the world participate in SCE programs each year, from college and high school students to executives, retirees, area residents, youth, and Cornell faculty, staff, and alumni. SCE programs take place on campus, online, and around the world in a variety of formats and lengths to serve the needs of our diverse students.

What SCE expects from students

All members of the Cornell community are expected to be aware of and to comport themselves in accordance with Cornell University Policy 6.4, "Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct." (For more information about SCE policies, see General policies and important disclaimers, or contact the SCE office at 607.255.4987 or cusce@cornell.edu.)

To report incidents of bias, harassment, or discrimination, complete this form or send e-mail to report_bias@cornell.edu. Please see the resources below for additional assistance, support, connection, intervention, reporting, and advocacy.

We encourage students to participate in the Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP), a social justice education program that helps students develop intergroup relations skills, thereby preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. IDP's courses are specially designed to empower students to communicate and collaborate across social, cultural, and power differences and to promote equity and democracy in their communities.

What SCE is doing

Within the university's Toward New Destinations diversity framework, SCE has undertaken a number of initiatives to support and encourage full participation by all members of our community. In 2016-17 we have focused on:

  • improving communication to students and program participants about protected status discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault and violence;
  • seeking training opportunities including "Inclusive Academy" workshops; and
  • evaluating diversity metrics for our students and identifying additional and/or new data points to include in reporting.

Additional resources