A well-dressed couple on a rainy morning with the Eiffel tower base in the background.

Diversity

Cornellians in Paris: A love story

It’s six-thirty a.m. in Paris in May. Angelica Allen-McMillan ’91 and Randy McMillan ’92 join hands in the shelter of an elevated track. The steel beams supporting the train echo the distant spans of the Eiffel Tower. Angelica wears a wreath of flowers in her hair. Even the cool spring rain is romantic. “We were … Read more

Terri Port ’84 helps first-generation students succeed

Terri Port was the first person in her family to leave home to attend college. Her hometown of Hanover, Massachusetts had only 8,000 people, so the size of Cornell was daunting when she first arrived. But the biggest challenge Port faced was affording the cost of attending Cornell. “A Cornell tuition was a stretch,” she … Read more

First-generation alumni summit: opening the conversation

Early April is a time of year for college acceptances and, this year, for an alumni summit about the first-generation student experience. Attendees dedicated an afternoon at Cornell Tech to panel discussions, networking, and inter-generational conversation about first-generation experiences. The questions they explored included how to encourage first-generation students to apply to college, issues of … Read more

Alumni gather on Martha’s Vineyard for summer events

In early August, Cornell alumni got together for a series of events on Martha’s Vineyard sponsored by Diversity Alumni Programs and Cornell Mosaic, joining a rich summer tradition of intellectual and cultural offerings on the island. A reception hosted by Dr. Deborah Arrindell ’79 at her home on August 6 started the week. More than … Read more

Cornellians gather at DC’s African American history museum

In the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, a weathered Cornell banner hangs behind glass, representing the university as one of the first to welcome African American students. On November 18, the Cornell spirit of “… any person … any study” moved from the museum’s walls to fill its halls: … Read more

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