Cornell Botanic Gardens embraces and actively works to increase diversity among all the communities with which we engage—Cornell students, faculty, and staff, visitors, supporters, its employees, and its plant collections. We envision a world where biological and cultural diversity are respected, sustained and celebrated. We cemented our commitment to that vision with our name change in 2016, and our new mission and vision that embrace biocultural diversity and conservation. Our Strategic Plan established a road map for our organization to lead public gardens and conservation stakeholders in advancing biological and cultural diversity through programs, initiatives, and priorities. ‘We envision a world where biological and cultural diversity are respected, sustained and celebrated.
We share Cornell University’s commitment to combat biases in all forms and to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging. Many resources for advancing anti-racism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other biases due to religion are available at the university’s D&I resources page.
Steps taken to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
The exhibition returns with an expanded plant collection, more stories, and vernacular garden features reflective of African American culture.
Cornell Daily Sun— August 31, 2023
A new garden developed in collaboration with Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Learning by Leading program, offers Indigenous students a place for healing and belonging.
A rich bouquet of flowers found throughout Cornell’s Botanic Gardens hold meaning for the LGBTQ+ community, which has long embraced the six colors of the rainbow: red for life; orange for healing; yellow for sunlight; green for nature; indigo for serenity; violet for spirit.
A new garden at Akwe:kon, established by students from the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and Cornell Botanic Gardens, aims to honor Indigenous students and their connection to the land.
This garden and exhibit tell stories of the deep connections of the formerly enslaved to plants and illustrate their contributions to the cuisines enjoyed across American society today.
A campus collaboration with the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ (Cayuga Nation) seeks to conserve biodiversity and simultaneously safeguard human cultural values and traditions.
Art, exhibits, and emerging knowledge come together at Cornell Botanic Gardens to express the ways in which Indigenous and rural communities around the world are adapting to disruptions caused by the climate crisis.
Dr. Finney explores the complexities and contradictions of American history as it relates to green space and race.
Cornell Botanic Gardens has unveiled a new outdoor art installation: a two-story mural, created in […]
Snacks (Alumni Affairs and Development news)—June 16, 2022
During Reunion 2022, Matt Palumbo ’83, president of the Cornell Asian Alumni Association, coordinated a meeting with fellow alumni diversity leaders to set preliminary plans to engage more diverse alumni with the botanic gardens.
Class instructor Stephen Henhawk, Cayuga speaker and historian, discussed his class in this three-minute video.
Ornithologist J. Drew Lanham will talk about how conservation efforts benefit from racial diversity among those who advocate for conserving the natural world.
Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Fall Lecture Series hosted Sean Sherman, founder/CEO of The Sioux Chef, described the connections between indigenous food systems, food security, and health.
Cornell Botanic Gardens celebrates Mexica/Aztec connections to plants and foods, and the love of chocolate
Mexica/Aztec artist, storyteller, musician featured in O’Connor Lecture and entertains at the Chocolatada!
CornellCALS—September 4, 2018
Alex Schaef ’20, describes his summer internship at Cornell Botanic Gardens and how it inspired him to create art daily and potentially as his career.
Unwind and experience nature virtually, and learn more about Cornell Botanic Gardens in this pre-recorded webinar for LGBTQ+ community.
Artist, interior designer and plant stylist Hilton Carter will inspire audiences to transform their living spaces into green landscapes in “Wild at Cornell,” the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ William J. Hamilton Lecture.