SCE Dean's statement on racial violence

Dear colleagues,

It is difficult, indeed it should be impossible, for anyone with a heart and a sense of right and wrong, to view the video of the death of George Floyd without sadness and outrage. And, alas, it is also difficult and should be impossible, for anyone with an understanding of the pervasiveness of racism in the United States to be surprised.

We grieve, of course, for George Floyd and the members of his family. And I join my colleagues in the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and throughout Cornell in an urgent commitment to take action to remove the scourge of racism, whether it manifests itself in police violence, mass incarceration, employment discrimination, inadequate housing, healthcare, and educational opportunities, from our own community and every corner of this country; and in an equally urgent commitment to remember—and insist—that no one of us can be free, until everybody is free.

I encourage you to read President Martha Pollack's June 3, 2020, statement on the recent killings of black people in America and learn about Cornell's actions to support and strengthen our community.

Sincerely,

Glenn C. Altschuler, Former Dean

Ever since Ezra Cornell and A. D. White joined forces to "found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study," Cornell has been at the forefront of higher education in embracing a community that is diverse and inclusive.

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) proudly reaffirms the values that underlie the vision of Cornell's founders. We are dedicated to pursuing a welcoming and inclusive environment, a diverse student body, and an open learning environment that is free from bigotry and bias. We do not tolerate prejudice in any form or discrimination on any basis.

What SCE expects from students

All members of the Cornell community are expected to be aware of and to comport themselves in accordance with Cornell University Policy 6.4, "Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct."

For more information about SCE policies, see General policies and important disclaimers, or contact the SCE office at 607.255.4987 or cusce@cornell.edu.

To report incidents of bias, harassment, or discrimination, complete this form or send email to report_bias@cornell.edu. Please see the resources below for additional assistance, support, connection, intervention, reporting, and advocacy.

We encourage students to participate in the Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP), a social justice education program that helps students develop intergroup relations skills, thereby preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. IDP's courses are specially designed to empower students to communicate and collaborate across social, cultural, and power differences and to promote equity and democracy in their communities.

What SCE is doing

Within the university's Toward New Destinations (PDF) diversity framework, SCE has undertaken a number of initiatives to support and encourage full participation by all members of our community. Our recent focus has been

  • Improving communication to students and program participants about protected status discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault and violence. For information, see the SCE Standards of Conduct letter from our senior associate dean.
  • Taking part in training opportunities, including "Inclusive Academy" workshops
  • Evaluating diversity metrics for our students and identifying additional and/or new data points to include in reporting

Additional resources