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 today's actions toward social justice. Our college organizations invite participation from college leadership, faculty, staff, students, and staff to continue this critical work.
Architects, Artists, and Planners of Color (AAPOC) amplifies the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in AAP by creating a safe and welcoming space that fosters inclusion and a sense of unity throughout the college. AAPOC works to create a network that supports BIPOC students. Learn more by contacting email@example.com.
National Organization for Minority Architects Students (NOMAS), the student group under the leadership of the National Organization of Minority Architects, is designed to expose architecture students of color to the history, culture, and practice of professional architects of color. To learn more about NOMAS contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Planning Students Organization (IPSO) exists to build relationships with international development students in other departments of Cornell University, as well as other universities; to provide a forum for undergraduate and graduate students in their academic, research, and professional pursuits so they may have a better opportunity to link planning theory and practice; to reinforce cohesiveness within the International Studies in Planning (ISP) concentration within the Department of City and Regional Planning, and to build ties and facilitate discussion between students and international planning practitioners.
Women's Planning Forum (WPF) hosts alumnae in the field and sponsors career workshops. The group arranges seminars, receptions, and special events, such as a grant-writing workshop and internship preparation seminars. To learn more about WPF reach out to email@example.com.
A list of all student organizations and their contact information can be found on the Cornell University Student Organizations website. To learn more, reach out to the office of Student Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Diversity + Inclusion Committee
Professional Development subcommittee
The Staff Professional Development subcommittee focuses on all employees' personal and professional growth at AAP. The subcommittee seeks to facilitate ongoing and continuing efforts to foster a culture and atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusivity. We are committed to enhancing and improving the experience of everyone who works at AAP by creating opportunities to learn about cultural differences, recognize personal biases, and enact changes to our policies and daily practices.
The SMILES (Significant Moments In Life Encompassing Staff) committee aims to promote staff unity and camaraderie through events sponsored throughout the year. Members of the SMILES committee help to create opportunities for staff bonding, development, engagement, and fun through sponsored events. The committee’s ultimate goal is to create a stronger community within AAP. To follow through on this mission, the committee will hold three events throughout the year, including a spring, summer, and fall event.
Colleague Network Groups (CNGs) are a great way to build community and connections throughout Cornell University. Membership is open to Cornell employees. You can join multiple CNGs. Learn more and find signup forms to join.
The 2022–23 council has a membership of ten people comprised of four students, four faculty, and two staff from across AAP. Faculty chairs of the college's departmental diversity committees are members of the council to ensure communication between the council and their committees.
Architecture Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Graduate Programs Coordinator
D. Medina Lasanky
Art Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Jen Delos Reyes
Paul Ramirez Jonas
Oscar Rene Cornejo
City and Regional Planning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Heidi Ingram Berrettin
A list of all faculty resource groups and their contact information can be found on the Cornell University Diversity + Inclusion webpage.
Reach out to the Office of Diversity + Inclusion for more information on all AAP-specific committees and clubs.