Organized and funded by the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cornell’s first annual Impact Week took place Sept. 28 - Oct. 4. With more than 14 events ranging from strengthening community to managing stress to a full weekend hackathon, there was something for everyone to participate in.
At the Alumni Roundtables event, CALS faculty, alumni and graduate students joined undergraduate students to share their personal and professional journeys. “These small, in-person interactions with faculty, alumni and graduate students go a long way towards building an inclusive environment at Cornell, and can be transformative for current students” explains Stella Hein, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for CALS. “They provide informal and authentic spaces for students to ask candid questions and learn about the unique pathways BIPOC professionals and scholars took to get to where they are now.”
The Alumni Roundtable event was attended by 133 CALS students from 23 different majors, indicating a strong desire for students to connect in spaces where they feel they belong. In addition to the undergraduates, Neil Lewis, Jr., assistant professor of communication, was in attendance, along with current Ph.D. students Drea Darby (Entomology) and Katie Elaine Randolph (Biological and Environmental Engineering). Alumni Michael Cook, B.S. ’02, M.B.A. ’07, and Brianna Tate Ph.D. ’22 also participated in the roundtable event.
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