The Human Ecology Peer Partnership Program addresses the needs of incoming students as they make their transition to Cornell by providing a supportive community of peers, upper-class students and faculty members. With family and friends far away, students may miss the safety of a community where they are completely free to be themselves.
The Peer Partnership program supports students' personal growth and academic success by facilitating relationships and the sharing of information among new students, upper-class students and faculty. Participants in the program meet weekly in small groups for planned academic and social activities. In the process, they make informal contacts, discuss questions and concerns, receive tips on resources available at Cornell and in the Ithaca community and get to know their peers.
Past activities include attendance at athletic events, guest lectures and performing arts programs; shared meals on campus and at local restaurants; and trips to destinations on and off campus including Cornell's Lab of Ornithology, the Harriet Tubman house and the Ithaca Farmer's Market.
With the motto "Yesterday’s vision, today’s reality, and tomorrow’s hope," the Association for Students of Color (ASC) was created to bring together Human Ecology students of color to provide a supportive foundation for enrollment, retention and graduation for students of color by:
- participating in admissions hosting programs and conducting high school visitations;
- sponsoring presentations on career and graduate school outcomes of a Human Ecology education;
- providing volunteer services to the Cornell and Ithaca communities; and
- attending regular meetings and hosting an annual fall alumni-student forums.
The ASC's student committees are:
- recruitment and retention,
- student relations and publicity,
- and career development.