Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Remaining Whole, Human and Hopeful

Remaining Whole, Human and Hopeful in a Time of Social Distancing: Conversations Around White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement.

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How to support your black coworkers without adding more stress during this incredibly difficult time

"Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) has a strong, ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our work to serve an increasingly diverse New York State population. We affirm and remain committed to actively creating and sustaining a culture of belonging that embraces a diverse workforce, volunteer base and program audiences. We recognize that personal and collective action is required to move our vision of belonging from the aspirational to the everyday experience of all members of our community. In doing so, we tirelessly strive to foster an organizational climate of belonging where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences can fully contribute and thrive. We firmly believe that an emphasis on belonging in CCE’s strategic planning will maximize our capacity to create and innovate as we best serve the emerging needs of communities throughout New York State." - Excerpt from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Director's Statement of Commitment to Diversity from the 2020 CCE Association Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan 

Click here to see the full statement from Chris Watkins, Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Associate Dean of College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology.



Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.




Last updated September 22, 2021