Ryokichi Yatabe Outstanding OADI Alumni Partner

The Ryokichi Yatabe Award recognizes an alumni who has made an on going commitment to the university through their appreciation and advocacy for campus diversity and their active contributions to the betterment of our greater communities as an agent of social change.

Nominees must have graduated from Cornell University at least two years prior to nomination and award recipients are selcted by OADI staff. 


Ryokichi Yatabe (B.S., 1876) was Cornell's first Japanese graduate. Dr. Yatabe went on to become the first professor of Botany and Curator of Botanic Gardens at the University of Tokyo.

The 2018-19 winner was Tameka Walker-Blake '01.

PLEASE NOTE- The 2020 OADI Honors Awards Ceremony is canceled due to the Coronavirus. 

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives is committed to finding new ways to celebrate and honor Senior's academic journey over the past four years. We are looking into ways for you to share your story, connect with fellow Seniors, and celebrate your significant accomplishments. Please stay tuned for more information.