What you need to know
Since its founding, Cornell has led the fight against racism. In 1869, Cornell admitted its first African American student. In 1870, Cornell admitted a Japanese American and began offering Chinese and Japanese language courses.
The “firsts” would continue. Way back in 1915, the Cornell chapter of the NAACP was established. In 2001, a University Diversity Council was established.
Yet, at some point, Cornell shifted from being the “first” in support of true equality and diversity to becoming a “me-too” college. Cornell has succumbed to promoting DEI policies that run counter to its admirable history. Cornell is now just another university that espouses DEI policies based on providing certain races with advantages.
Color Us United and the Cornell Free Speech Alliance believe the university can again become a leader in free speech and merit-based opportunity. In fact, Cornell has made a good start in returning to its admirable foundations. The 2023 – 24 School year has been declared the year of free speech.
DEI policies are being questioned around the country. DEI programs do not deliver results and often cause harm to the minority groups they claim to benefit.
Cornell presents an opportunity to end DEI at one of the nation’s most prestigious schools. Cornell has been chosen for several reasons. We can build on Cornell’s history of fighting for racial equality. Equally important, there is a motivated and well-organized alumni base, the Cornell Free Speech Alliance (CFSA). CFSA has introduced a plan to eliminate the divisive DEI programs that corrupt education
Please join us as we urge Cornell’s President and administration to return to its history of leading Americans to a race-blind country with opportunity for all.
In order to ensure free speech and intellectual diversity continues on Cornell’s campus CFSA is advancing 12 principles. We support those principles. However, Color Us United’s highest priorities are the following:
- Implement Cornell Student Orientation Programs That Uphold First Amendment Principles
- Expand Viewpoint Diversity at Cornell Among All Faculty
- Defend Against Cancel Culture Attacks Occurring Within the Cornell Community
- Encourage Cornell to Adopt the Chicago Principles
Please make your voice known by signing the petition below.
We the undersigned urge Cornell to again lead American universities in promoting free speech and true diversity. Cornell should adopt the recommendations of the Free Speech Alliance – in full.
Join us in speaking out against the DEI and sign the petition.
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More Information About What’s Going on at Cornell
In the summer of 2022, the marble Lincoln bust and accompanying Gettysburg Address text was removed after a reported complaint that identified Abraham Lincoln as a symbol of American racism.
- Cornell faculty members are now asked to make “Political Loyalty Pledges“
- FIRE’s student survey reports that 88% of Cornell students feel compelled to “self-censor” on-campus
In July 2020, university president Martha Pollack asked the Faculty Senate to take up the “creation and implementation of a for-credit, educational requirement on racism, bias and equity for all Cornell students.” Several colleges within the university have adopted a course requirement:
- School of Industrial and Labor Relations: As a core requirement, second-year students have to study “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace,” choosing either the “Foundations of Diversity Dynamics – ILRID 2510” course or the “Intergroup Dialogue – EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610” course.
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS): The college has its “CALS Human Diversity requirement.” In order to satisfy this requirement, a student must take a course that contains at least 50% “critical analysis of historically or contemporary marginalized communities and the culturally specific contexts that produce unequal power relations in terms of race, nationality, ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, disability, religion, gender, or economic status.” A list of “approved diversity courses” for CALS can be found here.
- College of Arts and Sciences: Students must fulfill the Social Difference distribution requirement. The college says, “Courses in this area examine social differences relevant to the human experience. Social categories include class, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, nationality, language, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability as objects of study. Students develop a deeper understanding of these categories and their intersections.” A list of courses can be found here.
2023-2024 Academic Year Theme
The theme of Cornell’s 2023-24 academic year is “free speech.” In the New Student Convocation of 2022, President Martha Pollack stated “freedom of expression means that apart from some very narrow exceptions, none of us gets to tell anyone else, this is what you’re allowed to say, and this is what you’re not.” This is good news and shows that Cornell aims to welcome controversial perspectives on its campus for the 2023-24 year.
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