Cultivating Inclusivity. Creating Community.

Preparing people from everywhere to lead anywhere.

At the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, we’re committed to preparing students of all backgrounds to join and lead organizations around the world. We empower people in our campus community to broaden their awareness, embrace different experiences, and develop the skills and mindset needed to thrive in an ever-changing society.

Our Beliefs

At SC Johnson College, our core values of excellence, inclusion, engagement, community, and impact contribute to creating a welcoming environment for all. We embrace diversity in all its forms and celebrate one another’s contributions. We foster unity through adaptability. And we show compassion through acceptance and consideration.

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Our Stance against Hatred

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business remains committed to the ideals and values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our community remains committed to respectful, civil discourse, and our immediate focus is on keeping the community safe. The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and our three schools echo Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack’s messages to support one another in standing against hatred.

Read President Pollack's Statement
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Our Commitment to Antiracism

The SC Johnson College is resolute that, as a community, we must be actively antiracist to succeed in combating racism. We pledge to educate and develop leaders who understand the importance of creating an inclusive and equitable work environment as they shape the future of business.

Learn About Our Action Plan
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Our Land Acknowledgment: Recognizing the Cayuga Nation

As our college works toward addressing racial injustice within education and business, we recognize and honor the land on which we live, work, and learn. Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation). We encourage you to learn more about these lands and Cornell’s continental impact as it relates to Indigenous land dispossession.

Cornell's Commitment to Indigenous Communities

Our Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

Our approach to diversity and inclusivity initiatives across the college is guided by three pillars: cultivate, equip, and empower.

Cultivate an Inclusive and Authentic Environment

This starts with an organizational structure devoted to diversity and inclusion. We empower faculty to use inclusive classroom practices and pedagogies. We encourage students to get involved with the more than 25 organizations that celebrate diversity and to participate in events like Diversity Week and Ally Week.

Equip with Skills to Work Effectively across Differences

Students, staff, and faculty can participate in educational programming across the college such as diversity training, lunch and learns, experiential workshops, and forums. Faculty members from all three of our schools contribute to ongoing conversations through curriculum development and research.

Empower a Community That Drives Positive Change

Driving positive change in business includes formal training and dialogue in diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging; developing student organization leaders to model inclusive practices; and empowering the campus community to redefine the status quo

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives across the College

Guided by the core values and strategic priorities of the college, our three schools are steadfast in their commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Nolan School

The Nolan School

Rooted in hospitality and service, the Nolan School develops boundary-pushing leaders who embrace diversity, foster community, and adapt to an ever-changing industry—and who aren’t afraid to open difficult dialogues.

Dyson School

The Dyson School

Guided by the motto “Our Business Is a Better World,” the Dyson School prepares graduates to address society’s biggest challenges in today’s diverse and interconnected world—including equity gaps in the modern workplace. 

Johnson School

The Johnson School

As one of the first top-tier business schools to develop a dedicated office to support diverse MBA students, the Johnson School has a long history of empowering business leaders to become agents of change.


Accelerator Scholars: First-Generation Success

Available to undergraduate students within the college, the Accelerator Scholars program sets first-generation college students up for success at Cornell. Accelerator Scholars have access to resources from mentoring and networking opportunities to career workshops and field trips.

Learn About the Program

Diversity, Inclusion, and AACSB Accreditation

Less than 6 percent of business schools worldwide have met the rigorous requirements to obtain accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Diversity and inclusion is a critical component of AASCB’s accreditation standards. Its guiding principles state: “Diversity in people and ideas enhances the educational experience and encourages excellence in every business education program.”

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is among the few institutions that meet AASCB’s standards, including demonstrating our commitment to creating a welcoming environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and belonging among faculty, staff, students, and the greater campus community.


Belonging at SC Johnson College: News and Updates

Learn more about initiatives from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other related news and stories from across the college.

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Persistent questioning of knowledge takes a toll

Dyson Assistant Professor Laura Niemi's research shows regular exposure to even subtle prejudice and discrimination degrades physical and mental health.

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Women’s History: First female faculty members

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we're featuring the first female faculty members at each of our schools here at @SCJohnsonCollege.

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Diversity and Inclusion in Real Estate 2023 Fall Career Trek

The Center for Real Estate and Finance encourages diversity and inclusion in Real Estate by supporting the DAIRE 2023 Fall Career Trek to New York City


How Will YOU Make a Difference?

Every day, we challenge our students, staff, and faculty to question the status quo and the notion that “we’ve always done it this way.” We embolden you to embrace diversity in all its forms and act as an ambassador of these ideals in your professional pursuits. Imagine the impact we can make on the industry—and society at large—when the entire Cornell SC Johnson College community unites on these values.

Get in Touch

If you have questions or concerns about diversity and inclusion at SC Johnson College, reach out to Michelle Duguid, associate dean for diversity, inclusion, and belonging.