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Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

• Improve organizational performance
• Help prevent unlawful discrimination or harassment incidents
• Improve workplace relations
• Build more effective work teams
• Improve organizational problem solving
• Improve program outreach
• Enhanced recruitment efforts

A Note from Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Chris Watkins:

August 16, 2017


The repulsive acts of bigotry, hatred and violence carried out by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia serve as a stark reminder of why Cornell Cooperative Extension’s unwavering commitment to a policy of non-discrimination continues to remain central to our organization and our programs. 

As we work with our federal partners at the USDA/NIFA for our civil rights 4-H Program review throughout the state this week, we re-affirm our commitment to providing equitable access, outreach and opportunities across race, gender, ethnicity and all other dimensions of diversity.  We look forward to their feedback highlighting where we are thriving as well as where and how we can better live both the letter and spirit of the non-discrimination guidelines set forth by our federal partners.   

In the coming days, our community partners and program audiences may seek us out as a resource to help make sense of and respond to the racism, anti-Semitism, violence and oppression that we witnessed this past weekend.  Below you will find a number of resources that can help enhance our understanding and engage in the much- needed conversations to build more just, equitable and authentic relationships across difference.  Additional resources are available on the Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Program Opportunity staff website. For more information on these resources or guidance in their use, please reach out to Eduardo González, Jr., State Diversity Specialist.

I applaud each of you for continuously reflecting CCE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization, our programs and our community partnerships.  Your demonstrated commitment ensures that CCE remains a relevant, welcoming and inclusive organization that embraces the ever-expanding tapestry of diversity across our nation and throughout our communities. 


Addressing Charlottesville in the Classroom

Talking about Race, Racism and Other Forms of Oppression

Video Resources

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Equal Program Opportunity (EPO) Statement:

"Cornell Cooperative Extension actively supports equal educational and employment opportunities.  No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, religion, political beliefs, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender/gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Cornell Cooperative Extension is committed to the maintenance of affirmative action programs that will assure the continuation of such equality of opportunity."