Cornell Alumni Engagement Strategic Plan 2020-2026

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Onboarding Resources

Event Guidelines

  • We are excited to welcome back alumni to campus! Together with campus partners, Cornell Alumni Affairs and Development staff members will follow CDC advice regarding large gatherings, consider the level of risk when deciding to host in-person events, promote healthy behaviors among attendees, and prepare for possible infections. We will also adhere to Cornell’s policy for on-campus visitors and events.

  • Clubs and associations are approved to return to in-person events. To assist your group in planning, the Alumni Affairs staff developed guidelines that ensure the health and safety of our alumni community. Please work with your staff contact to review and submit all event details.

  • Additional Resources

    Additional Information on Alumni Affairs and Development Events


  • CUVolunteer helps you find ways to volunteer that fit your life, interests, and connections to Cornell. Download our user guide to learn how you can set up your profile, explore Cornell's many volunteer opportunities, nominate yourself or others for a volunteer role, view your volunteer resume, and more!

  • Watch a video to see how to use CUVolunteer.

Strategic Planning

  • Strategic planning is an organizational management process. The first step is defining strategy, or direction. Next, decisions are made on allocating resources to pursue that strategy. Those decisions shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful.

  • Templates to help get you started!

To Do The Greatest Good campaign resources

Role Specific Toolkits

  • To be most helpful to applicants, CAAAN volunteers should stay current with Cornell, generally, and specifically with admissions and CAAAN processes. The videos and slideshows below will help you learn everything from the mission of CAAAN to what's new on campus.

  • Here you will find everything you need to be a successful class officer. This toolkit will be updated with new resources as they become available. If there are additional resources you would like to see added, reach out to you your class staff contact.

  • Cornellians participate in more than 100 clubs and associations around the world, and more than 1,000 Cornellians serve on club and associations boards! The resources in Club leader toolkit include everything you need to know about managing a successful club or associations.

  • Alumni volunteers are present in more than 50 world areas! They work alongside International Alumni Relations to support Cornell and fellow Cornellians. These resources will help you manage a successful club or interest group.

Music, photography and video footage

  • If you manage websites or social media platforms in your volunteer role, you are responsible for ensuring that all content is copyright compliant. This resource includes guidelines for all Cornell volunteer groups.

Brand support

  • Cornell volunteer groups are representing Cornell University and their unique organization. Maintaining the university’s brand and identity is an important role for every Cornell organization and group. University policies and guidelines are available to assist you on brand, logo use and merchandising. Use the consulting services for any questions, concerns and guidance during your planning stages.

  • The Cornell logo and seal should always be reproduced at a size that maintains the integrity of the mark and yields clean, legible lettering and art detail.

  • Merchandise representing Cornell can be found across the globe. In order to maintain the university's identity, it is extremely important to adhere to brand guidelines before you order anything.

  • The following university policies are available for reference on a wide variety of brand governance and management topics..

More Resources

Volunteering and your career

  • Ready to add your service to your resume?

    Volunteerism can positively impact your career. Download this guide to learn more.