Diversity and Inclusion

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Antiracism statement

As a department, we recognize both the necessity and the challenges in overcoming the systemic racism, based on racist policy, which is so pervasive in our society, our institutions, and our academic fields, and which has a major and clearly negative impact on Black and Indigenous People, and People Of Color (BIPOC). We are committed to building an antiracist agenda in our department with the core aim to root out embedded racism in all our activities, including our recruitment processes, our curricula, our social environment, and the way that our department interacts with the wider community. We understand that change needs to be real rather than aspirational, and there needs to be transparency and accountability in effecting that change. Importantly, actions must involve listening to BIPOC members of our community, and BIPOC individuals from other communities influenced by our actions, and taking decisive community-wide steps towards change. As a department, we appreciate that we have substantial work to do, but the rewards that come from positive change are very high. We are committed to investing the time and effort needed to implement these positive changes.

Departmental statement on harassment, discrimination and bias

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is committed to promoting a safe, productive, and diverse environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Such an environment supports and advances the open intellectual discourse that distinguishes us as a welcoming and highly collaborative department.

Unwanted words or actions that constitute harassment prevent us from fulfilling our research, educational, and service missions.  Anyone can be a victim or a perpetrator of harassment. Should an incident occur, we offer clear avenues for reporting. If you witness or have been impacted by sexual harassment, discrimination, or bias, we encourage you to seek help and resources through our department ChairDirector of Graduate StudiesDirector of Undergraduate Studies, the Title IX office, or other resources at Cornell. You can report incidents confidentially to designated resources; all other Cornell faculty, staff, and student employees have a duty to consult with the Title IX coordinator regarding an incident you report. 

Our goal is to create the most inclusive scientific community that we can. As a department, we pledge to combat broader issues of inequality in science. Together, we will continue to strengthen our intellectual community, ensuring a department in which all our members are empowered and supported.

Student diversity

Every year in March (however, this year's event was held virtually in September 2020), EEB along with the Department of Entomology and the School of Integrative Plant Science host the annual Diversity Preview Weekend. This preview weekend is intended to introduce attendees to our research programs the year before they apply to graduate school. If you identify as an underrepresented minority student (Black/African American, Latina/o or Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, or first generation college student), or you inhabit another axis of minority status (e.g. LGBTQIA, disabled persons, low income), this event is for you. Learn more and apply at the Diversity Preview Weekend by following this link: cornellDPW.org. For more information contact inclusivecornell@gmail.com

Fostering diversity among students, researchers, and faculty is a priority for our department. We work to create an inclusive environment and are committed to improving the representation of minority groups within the field of ecology and evolution. Such a diversity brings together a wide range of experiences and worldviews enriching the overall graduate school experience. We encourage students from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply to our PhD program.