Posted on October 1, 2018

Cornell Thrusts $60 Million at Faculty Diversity Plan

Celine Ryan and Kenny Nelson, Campus Reform, September 26, 2018

Cornell University announced in late September that it will be throwing $60 million toward acquiring and maintaining a more diverse faculty.

The Ivy League school’s provost, Michael Kotlikoff, announced the new expense in a late September news release, saying that the initiative would cost $60 million over a five-year timespan. A portion of the funds will go towards hiring 60 faculty members “who diversify their departments” over the five-year period.

Kotlikoff also committed to funding a new “Presidential Faculty Fellows” program, meant to “augment” the university’s recruitment pool by “identifying the most talented young scholars through faculty searches, providing them with fellowships and supporting them during completion of their training prior to assuming their appointments at Cornell.”

Cornell’s existing Presidential Postdoctoral Program will also be expanded to include fellowships given to individuals who are “underrepresented in their academic fields.”

Kotlikoff emphasized not only support for diverse hires but also retention of diverse faculty, something he says will be a major focus for the university during the 2018-2019 academic year.


Meanwhile, Cornell junior Vincenzo Guido told Campus Reform that he hopes this new initiative will include efforts to employ individuals from “a wide range of ideological and political perspectives.”


Cornell is “promulgating a false pretense of diversity, where there is little to no diversity of opinion in the faculty here,” Sam Wolf, a liberal arts student, said.

“So, I think its a valid initiative if they were to address the real problem that they aren’t really giving people the liberal education they claim to,” he continued. “Ideological singularity in the classroom is a huge problem, as students could go through a liberal arts education without any exposure to certain ideas that they likely never grew up hearing, but might be essential to get exposed to in order to come out with a well-rounded education.”

Another Cornell student, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution, told Campus Reform “{snip} “I have friends that say, ‘I know if I say the wrong thing I’ll get a bad grade, I wanna agree with the professor,’ stuff like that,” the student told Campus Reform.

The provost made the announcement after receiving recommendations from Cornell’s diversity committee, whose members have made political donations explicitly to liberal organizations and politicians, according to


Committee members donated a combined $1,868 to former President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, a combined $1,121 to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and a combined $750 to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 senatorial campaign. They did not donate any money to Republican candidates or conservative causes.