JEDI: Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
We are a group of graduate students, faculty, and staff dedicated to improving the department with the goal of being inclusive and supportive of all students, especially BIPOC, URM, women, LGBTQ+, and otherwise marginalized groups in science and engineering.
JEDI works to advance the department’s values of respect, acceptance, fairness, and accountability, and build a community in which the diversity and intersectionality of our members’ identities are recognized, accommodated, and celebrated. The initiative represents a joint effort among faculty, students, and staff, and hosts meetings every two weeks that are open to the entire departmental community. Our current efforts are multipronged: we are evaluating and making transparent our department’s metrics on student experience, recruitment, and retention; we are spearheading the effort to compose a departmental values statement; we are planning and coordinating recruitment and outreach activities to broaden access to graduate school in general and to Cornell’s programs in particular; and we are working to educate ourselves and our community to tackle the challenge of making our communities—small and large—more diverse and inclusive, more just and equitable.