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Community Development and Social Justice (CDSJ) Programming are intentional educational initiatives with a focus on diversity, social justice, community building and service. CDSJ Programming provides a variety of opportunities to prepare and support traditionally underrepresented students to succeed academically and professional in an increasingly diverse world. Additionally, CDSJ aims to foster collaborations with students, faculty, administrators and community partners in Ithaca and Tompkins County to enhance intercultural awareness, strengthen community partnerships and promote active citizenship in the surrounding community and communities beyond.

  • First-in-Class (first-generation students) – The first-generation (first in their family to attend college) student support initiatives encourage students to come together to learn about the Office of Academic Diversity Initiative’s academic and professional resources, attend professional development seminars, and build a community with their peers to pursue success in college and beyond.

  • Trailblazers – For all non-traditional students (military or veterans, adult learners, commuter) students who are navigating college life to define their own success. Monthly MeetUps and professional development opportunities provides space for members to connect academically, professionally and socially while paving their own path to obtain a higher education degree.

For more information contact the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives at oadi@cornell.edu.