All alumni join in Cornell Mosaic community conversations

In the final days preceding Cornell Reunion on June 5-6, leaders of Cornell Mosaic, Cornell Asian Alumni Association, Cornell Black Alumni Association, Cornell Latino Alumni Association, Cornell Native American Alumni Association, Cornell’s LGBTQIA+ Alumni Association, and staff from Diversity Alumni Programs collaborated to revise the Virtual Reunion schedule to create more opportunities for members of … Read more

Livestream: Black community in crisis

According to the CDC, about 33% of people who’ve been hospitalized with COVID-19 are Black, yet only 13% of the U.S. population is Black. In a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on April 27, Dr. Anthony Fauci ’66 noted that the pandemic is “shining a bright light on how unacceptable that is, because yet … Read more

Building community across difference

The Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) works to engage the entire Cornell community by facilitating dialogue among small groups of community members. Founded in 2012 as a pilot project involving a few dozen undergraduates, IDP has experienced explosive growth at Cornell. The academic initiative now touches every undergraduate on campus as a part of Cornell’s first-year … Read more

Homecoming 2019: commemorating the events of 1969

As part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Willard Straight Hall on April 19, 1969, a group of alumni, students, and community members gathered during Homecoming at the Africana Studies and Research Center on North Campus. A handful of those present were among the group of Black and Latino students who … Read more

Alumni Flaunt It

Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It (DHIFI), a non-profit organization, is collaborating with Cornell to highlight the personal stories of alumni inspired by the DHIFI theme, “The things that make me different make me, me!” Alumni Flaunt, a subset of the larger DHIFI program, is a platform for Cornellians to share their own life experiences with looking … Read more

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