Hospitality in the Truest Sense

We believe in creating a welcoming, inclusive, equitable community. That’s hospitality in its truest sense.

Each Hotelie plays a critical role in our prominent network of hospitality leaders who serve humanity, embrace diversity, and foster community.

The Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration is a pioneer in teaching the business of hospitality—and that means living out the core values of the industry every day. Our community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni embraces diversity of all kinds and strives to create and support inclusivity for all.

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Our Stance against Hatred

The Nolan School, along with the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, remains committed to the ideals and values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our community remains committed to respectful, civil discourse, and our immediate focus is on keeping the community safe. We echo Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack’s messages to support one another in standing against hatred.

Read President Pollack's Statement
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Our Commitment to Antiracism

We want every member of our community to understand how important an inclusive, antiracist culture is to our future. The Nolan School has launched several initiatives to combat racism and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the school.

Learn about our Action Plan
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Land Acknowledgment: Recognizing the Cayuga Nation

Our school, as part of the SC Johnson College, recognizes and honors the land on which we live, work, and learn. Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation).

The College’s Land Acknowledgment

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Hear from Our Students

“The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is great at supporting students in whatever way the student needs. Whether it’s a new headshot, professional clothing, both personal and professional connections, fun, or just some friendly advice, they have it all!” —Faith Taylor ’24

Our Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

Our approach to diversity and inclusion programming can be broken into three pillars.



Success begins with a safe and inclusive environment.

We want you to bring your full identity to the educational experience at the Nolan School. You’ll have access to the resources, tools, and health and wellness services you need to succeed academically and socially at Cornell.



To progress as a leader in thought or industry, one must be invested. 

Becoming a compassionate, culturally competent leader begins with awareness and engagement. The Nolan School offers rich learning experiences from diversity-related courses and clubs to school-wide seminars and special events.



Regardless of who you are, you are part of our network. 

As a Hotelie, you are part of a massive network. That close-knit community begins here with notable student organizations, clubs, associations, and foundations. You’ll have opportunities to engage with diverse alumni and industry leaders, too. 

Accreditation Matters: AACSB Values Diversity and Inclusion

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), our programs meet the highest standards in business education—and those standards include creating a welcoming learning environment for all. 

Supporting diversity and inclusion is a critical component of AASCB’s accreditation standards. Its guiding principles state: “Diversity in people and ideas enhances the educational experience and encourages excellence in every business education program.” 

Less than 6 percent of business schools worldwide have met the rigorous requirements—from curriculum and career outcomes to faculty scholarship and societal impact—to obtain AACSB accreditation.

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Nolan School: News and Updates

Learn more about initiatives from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other news and stories from across the Nolan School.

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July 12, 2024

Shadi Atallah Integrates Biology and Economics to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

10 Under 10 honoree Shadi Atallah, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics, is a teacher, mentor, academic leader, and scientific advisor.

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July 10, 2024

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Get Inspired at NYC Event

“How to Leap into Entrepreneurship” panelists talk the importance of networking, using their Cornell connections and experiences and handling failure.

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July 9, 2024

Dealing with a Difficult Boss: Strategies for Senior-Level Professionals

Career Corner: Do you have a challenging boss? Take a strategic approach to maintain professionalism, preserve morale, and ensure well-being.