Cornell Centers and Initiatives:
Ashoka, a global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs, launched a Campus Changemaker Initiative in the fall of 2008 to build universities as incubators for social change.
The Center for the Study of Inequality emphasizes developing theory-based and empirically-tested models of inequality that assist not only in understanding ongoing changes in inequality but also in evaluating public policy and social interventions.
The Center for a Sustainable Future is a campus wide "umbrella" organization designed to bring together many existing programs, to nucleate new efforts in sustainability and to seed and grow collaborations across Cornell and with key external partners that can lead to significant real world impacts and leverage Cornell resources.
The center views solutions to environmental and social problems as business opportunities, not a cost of doing business, and maintains a global network engaged in collaborative research and field work focused on strategy formulation and implementation in two domains: sustainable innovation and base of the pyramid enterprise development.
A catalyst for social change, the Center for Transformative Action cultivates and supports changemakers with pattern-breaking ideas to resolve social problems and mobilize others to action. CTA provides non-profit status, business services, and a network of like-minded innovators for their project partners.
The Community and Rural Development Institute has strengthened Cornell's role as a leader in responding to current and emerging needs in community and rural development. CaRDI is a center of dialogue and collaboration addressing needs at the local, state, and national levels.
As a multidisciplinary unit of the College of Human Ecology, the Center's mission is to understand and act upon risk and protective factors in the lives of children, youth, families, and communities in New York State, the US, and the international community through research, training, and outreach.
CIIFAD mobilizes Cornell’s academic resources, enabling faculty and students to engage and collaborate in innovative, multidisciplinary work and strategic research contributing to sustainable agricultural and rural development. CIIFAD undertakes to generate and share knowledge, to develop human resources, and to strengthen institutions and new initiatives to support this objective.
The Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative is a national initiative on campuses across the country. It’s goal is to dramatically enhance Jewish life on-campus by employing 10 students with broad social networks to build relationships with more than 600 uninvolved Jewish students over the course of a year. Each Campus Entrepreneur is empowered with building relationships with 60 uninvolved students on-campus.