DEI Statement

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Cornell Food Science

The Department of Food Science at Cornell University is a committed to valuing, respecting, and including people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, physical abilities, sexual orientations, nationalities, and ages.  We recognize the necessity, effort, and challenge of achieving this goal. We invite you to join us in celebrating our differences, and participating in our mission to build a more just and equitable community.

Current Food Science DEI Initiatives

  • Provide updates on activities through twice-yearly departmental town halls (Cornell community members may access past Town Hall slides,
  • Develop a three-year Strategic Plan with input from the departmental faculty, students, and staff
  • Increase applications and matriculation of underrepresented minority students for Summer Scholars and graduate programs through partnerships with minority serving institutions
  • Expand outreach programs (e.g. K-12 events) outside of Ithaca through the newly formed Community Outreach Committee.

How to get involved

Strategic Planning and General Questions

(FDSC DEI co-chairs)

  • Gavin Sacks gls9 [at] (gls9[at]cornell[dot]edu) 
  • Ann Vegdahl acv45 [at] (acv45[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Undergraduate Summer Scholars Recruitment

  • Martin Wiedmann martin.wiedmann [at] (martin[dot]wiedmann[at]cornell[dot]edu)
  • Erin Atkins ea56 [at] (ea56[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Graduate Student Recruitment

  • Sam Nugen snugen [at] (snugen[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Community Outreach Committee

  • Caitlin Carmody cmc568 [at] (cmc568[at]cornell[dot]edu)