Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Belonging

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The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) is committed to an inclusive and diverse community and an open learning environment that is free from bias. We will not tolerate prejudice in any form or discrimination on any basis. We embrace creative and analytic practices that challenge preconceptions and prejudice; encourage critical engagement with the many forms of built culture; and defend the prerogative of our disciplines to ask difficult and provocative questions.


As part of the global community, AAP dedicates its efforts to opposing all forms of racism, oppression, inequality, exclusion, and marginalization. We strive to challenge our professions to create an equitable environment for all.

All members of our community contribute to our mission through their everyday actions and words. Therefore, we are committed to providing opportunities that foster personal discovery and growth and nurture scholarship and creativity within and across our disciplines.

Goals & Initiatives

AAP works toward creating and expanding inclusive teaching and learning environments by setting goals and taking collective action toward meaningful change within and beyond our college.

College Organizations

AAP has a strong tradition of coming together around equity and justice that dates back to the 1960s⁠–70s civil rights movement and extends to contemporary actions toward social justice. Our college organizations invite participation from college leadership, faculty, staff, students, and staff to continue this critical work.

Office of Diversity + Inclusion

AAP's Office of Diversity + Inclusion helps lead college efforts toward creating, sustaining, and expanding our diverse, inclusive, and equitable community. We believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every person and offer resources and opportunities for navigating college programs; getting involved with existing groups, committees, and actions; and founding new initiatives and actions at the college.


Land Acknowledgement

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ are members of the Hodinǫ̱hsǫ́:nih (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꞉nǫɁ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ leadership.

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