Faculty Institute for Diversity

What is the Faculty Institute for Diversity?

The Faculty Institute for Diversity focuses on developing inclusive pedagogies that support co-learning, power-sharing, and dialogue practices. Participants will articulate their commitments as anti-racist, inclusive educators and plan for teaching that empowers, enlivens, and challenges us and our students.

The program offers an opportunity for an interdisciplinary peer-group of faculty to work together to redefine and explore inclusion in response to our current moment. Anchored in self-reflection and dialogue, the 3-day Faculty Institute for Diversity includes one day of writing and reflection sandwiched by two in-person days learning in-community. 

Themes we’ll explore include how our own positionalities, identities, and lived experiences inform our teaching, designing for disability inclusion, and how to address racism, trauma, and other identity-based issues that impact learning.

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of the institute, participants will be able to:

  • describe how social identity and the relevant power dynamics become salient in teaching and learning
  • feel better prepared to respond appropriately and meaningfully to complex identity-related moments, comments, and events
  • use selected evidence-based pedagogical strategies to create and sustain inclusive learning environments

Who may apply?

Instructors from all disciplines who teach credit-bearing, semester-length courses at Cornell are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Registration information

The Faculty Institute for Diversity will run from January 16-18, 2024. 

The daily agenda is as follows:
Tuesday, January 16: 9 a.m – 2:30 p.m., on campus. Includes lunch. 

Wednesday, January 17: 9 a.m – 2:30 p.m., remote. Independent work day, with optional group check-ins at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Zoom; and half-hour one-on-one consultations. Please plan to devote approximately 4 hours to work time. 

Thursday, January 18: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., on campus.

Cohort is limited to 15 participants. Register by Monday, January 8, 2024. 

Contact CTI with any questions about this event or for accommodation requests.