At the Dyson School, we believe embracing diverse perspectives can build bridges and change the world. That's why we're committed to fostering a culture of inclusion where every person is welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.
In collaboration with our network of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Dyson works to create a supportive community where people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives flourish. We are proud to develop leaders who uphold our principles of equity, recognition, and inclusion during their academic journey as a student and beyond.
Dedicated to strengthening diversity and inclusion at Dyson, our office focuses on three important areas:
Every student deserves the opportunity to thrive in an inclusive environment. We position our students for success in many ways, often by helping them navigate campus and external resources (academic, financial, advisory, health/wellness, career, peer, or alumni). Students tap into these resources as they grow personally and professionally, which results in an enriched student experience and greater sense of community.
We support students—each bringing a unique and valued perspective—from all walks of life and backgrounds with individualized coaching, peer and alumni mentoring, and membership in affinity groups.
- Diversity Scholars Program
- Alumni and Peer Mentoring Program
- Prefreshman Summer Program
At the Dyson School, students work in teams, build interpersonal relationships with diverse peers, engage in meaningful ways and across difference in the Dyson community, contribute to a culture of inclusion and collective leadership within Dyson, and develop critical thinking and communication skills necessary to be successful in a diverse workforce and global community. A few of the ways students engage with their community include:
- DysID, Dyson's Inclusion and Diversity student organization
- Dyson Students of Color Coalition
- Guest Speaker Series
- Experiential Workshop Series
- Lunch & Learns
- Diversity Week
- Recognition: Dyson Monthly Spotlight Awards
- Professional Development Opportunities
- D&I Certificate Program
- Dyson Dialogues
- Dyson Pride
- D&I Interns
Dyson's motto is Our Business is a Better World, and while learning to use business for the greater good is a part of Dyson's curriculum and co-curricular activities, we go one step further by providing safe forums for open dialogue around topics related to diversity and inclusion and how they impact our world.
Topics at the forefront of our discussions have included the following:
- The intersection of issues like identity and social group memberships (both currently and in historical contexts)
- Theories of justice
- Moral reasoning and responsibility
- Critical consciousness
- Common ground
- Cultural intelligence
- Unconscious bias
By openly discussing complex topics, we aim to explore root causes and examine avenues for positive change.
Dyson students are also encouraged to enroll in this new optional elective, AEM 2015 The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion. This course is designed to cultivate a theoretical and practical understanding and application of the business case for diversity and inclusion, and help develop cultural intelligence for working successfully in today’s diverse, globalized world.
Everyone has a story to tell. Members of the Dyson and greater Cornell community wrote a word or phrase that referred to a turning point in their lives and had their photo taken. This video montage of what they wrote shows the collective feelings of hope, resilience connection, meaning, and change.
Events: Irene Li '15
Forbes 30 Under 30 | Zagat 30 under 30
Wednesday, November 7
Keynote: “Entrepreneurship, Participatory Business Governance, and Food Justice”
4:30 PM | Warren B25 | RSVP for Keynote
Dinner with Irene
5:45 PM | Warren Collaboration Zone, Level B | RSVP for Dinner with Irene
Thursday, November 8
Lunch & Learn: What Drives Success
11:45 AM | Mann 100 | RSVP for Lunch & Learn
Live Cooking Demo with Irene
4:30 PM | Okenshields
Irene's menu items will be featured during dinner
4:30 - 7:30 PM | Okenshields
Irene Li operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston, where her work centers around ethical sourcing and fair employment practices. The award-winning food businesses merge modern techniques and multicultural cuisine with local foods and sustainable business practices. Mei Mei has been featured by Food & Wine, Eater Boston & National, The New York Times, Restaurant Hospitality, People, Bon Appetit, The Boston Globe, and more. Irene’s background of living on an organic farm, organizing for economic and social justice, and working the restaurant line inform the direction of her creative, farm-driven, Chinese-American menus.
Above all, Irene believes food can and should be delicious, fun, and just. This year, Irene is leading her staff in a groundbreaking open book management training program in conjunction with Rethink Restaurants. She’s working to provide the entire team, from dishwashers to sous chefs, with valuable financial know-how and business management skills in addition to an opportunity for profit-sharing. She is an Eater Young Gun winner, Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, and a four-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef semi-finalist.