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Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

About OADI

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) at Cornell University serves as a centralized hub that provides academic and professional-development support and resources for undergraduate students who are traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved in higher education.

Our Mission

OADI’s mission is to empower students to develop and leverage their own academic agency as they seek to achieve their scholastic, professional, and personal goals.

We achieve this by:

  • Affirming student academic journeys as identity-informed and recognizing the whole student. Our students represent a wide-range of identities, experiences, and academic journeys.
  • Utilizing OADI’s unique position as a centralized hub to facilitate access to the broadest range of academic and professional enrichment opportunities at Cornell.
  • Mitigating traditional financial barriers to academic and professional enrichment opportunities via direct-student funding and cost-sharing collaborations with campus partners.
  • Providing an additional place on campus for students to create communities where they can be their authentic selves.

Our Vision

To positively influence the academic journeys of Cornell’s diverse student population so they are best positioned to create not only a prosperous livelihood but also a meaningful life and legacy.

Our Community

OADI’s welcoming community supports undergraduate students who are traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved. These populations include but are not limited to students who identify as students of color, low-income, first generation college students, veterans, non-traditional students and the intersections of these and other identities.

Our signature programs and direct services facilitate access to the broadest range of academic and professional enrichment opportunities at Cornell. OADI is also committed to a culture of inclusion in which students from diverse backgrounds experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement. We value and celebrate the unique strengths and experiences that students bring to our space. We help them leverage these qualities as they seek to achieve their scholastic, professional and personal goals.