In 1921, Thomas Wyatt Turner became the first African American man to earn a Ph. at Cornell and in 1936, Flemmie Kittrell became the first African American woman to do so.Association with Cornell, either as a student, faculty, or staff member, involves participation in a free community where all people are recognized and rewarded on the basis of individual performance rather than personal convictions, appearance, preferences (including sexual or affectional orientation), or happenstance of birth.
No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.
Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.
University of Michigan political scientist and economist Scott E.
Page has demonstrated empirically the ways in which diverse teams are better at solving problems.
The truth, however, is far more complicated and complex.
While the language of “equal treatment” sounds fair, the effect of such supposedly “color-blind” practices in the college admissions context is the opposite of fair.
(While affirmative action opponents are fond of reducing the debate to racial identity, universities define diversity quite broadly in practice and look across the range of human experience, talent and identity to compose an incoming class.) Students learn from the perspectives of others -- especially when those perspectives run counter to common stereotypes.
They discover how to work within a cross-cultural team, grapple with difficult conversations and re-examine their own assumptions.
Given this picture, the inclusion of race as one of the factors considered by universities allows them to look more deeply and holistically at all of the attributes that students might bring to campus.
Some have argued that focusing solely on low socioeconomic status can eliminate the need to consider race, but the numbers don’t support this.