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Our team’s actions to support antiracism
Black lives matter. We stand with those demanding and pursuing change in the face of ongoing violence against Black people. We stand with those demanding and pursuing change in the face of structural inequities that manifest in the systematic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the United States. We mourn for these individuals, for their families and friends, for our communities, and for our country.
Amidst this grief, we continue to believe in the power of collaboration and reflection to enact long-term change. Here’s what we as a team are doing in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 resources for community-engaged learning
As Cornell faculty, staff and students navigate the move to online instruction — and all that comes with it — we know that community-engaged learning presents unique challenges.
The Office of Engagement Initiatives is sharing relevant resources, as well as information for current grantees and program participants at engaged.cornell.edu/resources/covid19.
We’ll update this page as new resources and information are available.
New initiative engages communities in neuroscience
February 11, 2021 — The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research is launching a new project – the Community Neuroscience Initiative, or CNI – that will build connections between neuroscience, the social sciences and communities.
The project is headed up by Marlen Z. Gonzalez, assistant professor of human development, whose research focuses on how developmental context shapes the brain. “This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” she said. “I believe it’s important for communities to feel a sense of ownership for the science that gets created and for neuroscience to be part of serving the community.”
Cornell awards $192K in grants to Ithaca-based research projects touching on race, COVID-19
February 10, 2021 — Cornell University has awarded four grants to local research projects in hopes to “address opioid use, increase food security, build a greener construction industry and share stories of Ithaca’s Black pioneers.”
The money for the projects, more than $192,000 according to the school, is being provided by the Office of Engagement Initiative and is distributed through the Engaged Research Grants program.
New research grants support Ithaca-area communities
February 10, 2021 — Cornell faculty and students are teaming up with community partners in Tompkins County to address opioid use, increase food security, build a greener construction industry and share stories of Ithaca’s Black history pioneers.
The four teams received Engaged Research Grants, totaling more than $192,000, from the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) to involve undergraduate students in the community-engaged learning projects.
Engaged learning spotlight: connecting students to communities
February 2, 2021 — For most people, 2020 led to less connection with others as people stayed apart to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For Tamar Kushnir, associate professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology, the pandemic provided inspiration to develop a safe way to connect undergraduate students with the Ithaca-area community.
For the first time this fall, she created a community engagement component to her introduction class, “Human Development: Infancy and Childhood,” that required students to connect with a local organization serving children and families. (Previously, the course was a standard lecture class.)
Students petition for refugee’s release from detention center
December 23, 2020 — A group of Cornell students have launched a campaign to free a Salvadoran woman in a detention center whom they befriended through a class focused on refugees and immigration.
The class, “Refugees and the Politics of Vulnerability: Intersections of Feminist Theory and Practice,” is taught by Jane Juffer, professor of English and feminist, gender and sexuality studies. Juffer met Ingrid Hernandez-Franco in 2019 when she and a group of students traveled to the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, N.Y. to work in-person with a number of asylum seekers there. This year, the class was only able to meet with detainees through video calls.