The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business prepares people from everywhere to lead anywhere.

Through dedicated teams of school and college staff and faculty who focus on diversity and inclusion, the SC Johnson College is uniquely positioned to prepare our students to join and lead organizations that are constantly evolving in composition.

We facilitate learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to embrace different experiences, cultures, educational backgrounds, and social identities. Here our community contributes to an environment that leans into authenticity—encouraging each other to lead the charge to affect change and reduce the gaps of inequity in business.

Our goal is to empower the college community by equipping them with essential tools needed to cultivate an inclusive environment—importantly transcending from skillset to mindset.

We strive to make our strategic vision for diversity and inclusion the standard that our peers seek to emulate.

Black Lives Matter - A message from our college

Our college's commitment to antiracism

Our deans outline leadership’s preliminary action steps across the areas of measurement and accountability; representation; curriculum; culture, community, and support; and research and external impact.

Learn more about our action plan

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Cultivate: An inclusive and authentic environment

  • An organizational structure and diverse leadership team devoted to diversity and inclusion
  • More than 25 student organizations that celebrate diversity across all three schools within SC Johnson College
  • Students participate in and lead other Cornell-wide diversity organizations
  • Inclusive pedagogies and classroom practices
  • Students from more than 40 countries across the college
  • Diversity Week, Ally Week, and LGBTQ awareness programming
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Equip: With skills to work effectively across differences

  • Lunch and Learns
  • New student diversity training
  • Dialogues and forums on relevant diversity and inclusion issues
  • Programming for underrepresented students
  • Faculty-developed curriculum and research on diversity topics
  • Guest speakers
  • Experiential workshops
  • Professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
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Empower: A community that drives positive change within the business landscape

  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Open discussions/active participation for students, faculty, and staff
  • An environment that encourage students to be their authentic selves
  • Accessible resources
  • Empowering our base to redefine the status quo
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Accelerator Scholars

Accelerator Scholars is a comprehensive, impactful, transformational and sustainable 4-year program, amplifying Cornell’s existing “Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program”. The program will focus on many areas, including life and professional skills, mentorship, coaching, networking and relationship-building, all designed to prepare first-generation business students for success.

Accelerator Scholars

How will you make a difference?

In seeking to empower all members of our community to embrace diversity and act as ambassadors in their individual pursuits—be it here or afar—we strive to consistently model a diverse, inclusive environment. As an integral part of our community, and through the experiences our students have with our diversity and inclusion initiatives, each member is emboldened to shape the future and make a real impact on the industries they enter and the communities they join.

Learn more about diversity and inclusion initiatives across the college:

Michelle Duguid
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

At the Dyson School we’re committed to fostering a culture of inclusion where every person is welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.

Jennifer Majka
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Dyson School

Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

The Nolan School is leading the world in teaching the business of hospitality while fostering a sense of community and embracing diversity.

Victor Younger
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Nolan School

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Johnson’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) works in collaboration with campus partners to attract and support a diverse MBA community whose members seek to become change agents in business. Johnson was one of the first top-tier business schools to develop a dedicated office to support diverse MBA students.

Derron Borders
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Johnson School
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