Working to promote, embrace, and grow a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusivity within our research, teaching and extension activities

The goal of the diversity and inclusion committee in Global Development is to cultivate a community that values the diversity of people in all its dimensions including, but not limited to: race, age, national origin, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, political beliefs and ethnic background. Our mission is to be inclusive of all voices. 

The committee will seek to build awareness, understanding and the necessary skills to recognize and address departmental policies or actions that prevent their members' full participation due to power, privilege and oppression. The committee will ensure Global Development faculty, staff and student representation in college- and campus-wide initiatives that address and support equitable, inclusive and anti-racist policies. The committee will work to ensure those principles are integrated into the curriculum, inform hiring practices and are central features to a welcoming work and learning environment for our staff, faculty and students.


Diversity & inclusion committee members

The official committee is composed of two faculty members, two staff members, two graduate students, as well as an ad-hoc communications member. Committee member terms range from three years for faculty and staff members and one year for student members. Terms will be staggered to ensure continuity of activities and knowledge.

Highlights in our research, teaching and extension

Learn how some of our students and initiatives are working to build a more equitable, inclusive world right here on campus and abroad.

Undergrad research

My Double Conscious Experience in the Ivy League

Inspired by his personal experience as a Black student in the Ivy League, Ben Fields ’20 analyzed how racism, micro-aggressions and human behavior contribute to the academic career of Black students. His research is not only an important contribution to academia, but also offers a new perspective on how a sense of belonging and engagement play a critical role in diversity and inclusion on college campuses.

Mobilizing opportunities

Thinking beyond borders

"As a woman and a student from Indonesia, I care about a variety of social issues affecting my country and similar developing economies – particularly challenges related to gender and income inequality. Recognizing that not many of my fellow Indonesians are able to study abroad, I feel grateful to have the opportunity to study at Cornell and am in the process of developing a stronger understanding of how I can personally address these issues." - Elena Setiadarma '21


Supporting underrepresented groups during the pandemic

The Cornell Farmworker Program transformed their activities nearly overnight to ensure that farmworkers and farmers, who were deemed essential workers, had accurate and up to date information to maximize worker’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to continue serving one of New York’s most vulnerable populations, agricultural workers, the program continued to innovate, making their mission of maintaining communication with farmworkers and connecting these families with needed resources all the more vital.

Ben Fields graduation
Elena travels with TCI
A man wears a mask outside

Promoting diversity & inclusion in our work

Explore some of our programs and projects in Global Development that promote diverse communities.

Farmer collects apples

Envisions a state and nation in which farmworkers receive equal protection under law, earn a living wage, live in comfortable housing, are safe and healthy, receive due respect as workers and as individuals, and participate fully in their communities

Student interviews a woman in India

AWARE is built on the belief that focusing on women in agriculture as an underserved majority will improve food security, reduce poverty, and positively impact rural development in developing countries

A male and female speak to a room full of people, Things I've learned this fall on a poster in the background

Increases access to educational opportunities that further human potential and develops the abilities of individuals for greater agency and fulfillment

a group outdoors

Delivers gender-responsiveness training to equip researchers to create more inclusive and effective agricultural systems by addressing the priorities of both women and men in sub-Saharan Africa

Members of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Provides accomplished professionals from countries with emerging economies an international enrichment opportunity in leadership and public service with 400+ fellows from 115 countries to date