Be the change you wish to see at Cornell
November 19, 2013
Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall
Since the days of Ezra Cornell and A.D. White, Cornell
University’s greatest strength has been its commitment to
sity. The words “… any person, any
study” are reflected
today in the enormous variety of student interests across
The richness of the Cornell experience depends upon
the range of campus communities and the connections
nd organizations alike benefit from
interactions across this spectrum.
This diversity of perspectives provides a rich pool of potential to
draw upon to improve Cornell. Current programs support
dialogue, but the connections that result are often short liv
with students reverting to their individual spheres of interest.
These conversations alone are not enough to create change.
We strongly believe that while independent efforts can be
productive, they fall short of Cornell’s potential. We want to link
dent innovators and leaders across disciplines and interests to
foster sustainable collaboration.
Cornell students are willing to take the next step to translate
their conversations and ideas into action, but need an impetus
to make this happen. Collabora
tion requires individuals and
organizations to step outside of their comfort zones, and this is
what we wish to facilitate.
Our proposal is to have an event to
catalyze networking between innovative thinkers from different
communities and provide support
to translate these ideas into
We hope to facilitate active and continuous
collaboration between student groups so that they can work
together for the advancement of Cornell.
ow this works
1 collect proposals
Over the month of October, we collect
ed proposals for
initiatives that students want to implement at Cornell.
2 idea fair
Once these proposals were reviewed, the respective groups
were invited to the CUCollaborate Idea Fair. At this fair, each
group will be allocated a table space and be resp
coming up with a creative way to share their idea. Our vision for
the fair is to have each organization present their idea and
pitch it to other groups and individuals. The event will be open
to the Cornell community, enabling any interested
oups/individuals to learn about the proposed initiatives and
3 fund proposals
At the end of the Idea Fair, all collaborating groups will have to
submit a joint statement of intent with a brief description of their
initiative. Groups will be gi
ven two weeks from the event to
come up with a formal proposal with specific details of their
project. A panel of judges will review these initiatives, and 1
these initiatives will receive significant financial support. In
its in the form of administrative
support and publicity will be made available to creative
initiatives that are not awarded cash prizes.
The Daily Snooze
The Daily Snooze is a response to the growing trend of Cornell students who fall asleep in unsafe,
unsanitary public places like couches or chairs. The idea is intended to model sleeping habitats
that have already been implemented at places like Google and
Microsoft by providing safe,
clean, quiet, and comfortable sleeping
for Cornell students.
is aimed at providing an easily
accessible visual arts
studio space open for all
members of the Cornell community. The goals of the studio are to offer students an opportunity to
relax, provide a change of pace from libraries, create an open space for self
serve as a starting point for dialog
ues on the importance of art in society.
Alternative Space for Everyone
Alternative Space for Everyone, an off
shoot of last year’s CU [dis]connect project, would create a
space where students can go if
they want to get away from technology. There are many rooms on
campus where this proposal would provide a cutting
edge space, intelligently designed around
research on focus. This space would have standing desks and fitness ball chairs that will help
ote focus as well.
The Cornell Dining mobile application aims to provide Cornell students with an accessible way to
see all available dining options on campus. In addition to being able to see
the eatery’s opening
and closing times, people would be able to order menu items for pickup.
Cornell Sports Application
Cornell Sports App will aim to create an iOS and Android application that pro
minute Cornell sports updates to the Cornell community. This application will include: scores for any
Cornell sports teams, live scoring updates, access to broadcasts, video and audio highlights, and
We the Cornellians
Contact: Matthew Stefanko, firstname.lastname@example.org
We the Cornellians is an online petition platform modeled off of the White House’s We the People
website. Students will propose ideas on the site that other students can support and vote for. If the
eceives a high enough number of votes, it will be forwarded to members of the
administration and require a response.
Global Health Case Competition
The Global Health Case Competition would challenge students to propose creative and
coordinated solutions to worldwide health issues over the course of three days. Teams of 5
students from all areas of study would present their solutions to an engaged au
dience and a panel
of judges. This competition would offer a unique learning experience as well as support Cornell’s
future global health leaders.
Essay Feedback Forms
Essay Feedback Forms is a response to the frustrating lack of feedback given to students,
particularly those classes where essays are required. This will require or strongly encourage
professors to fill out a form when giving students their papers back. Th
is would be beneficial to both
the student’s future improvements and the professors’ grading consistency.
Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room
Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room proposes the
institution of campus wide sessions, in a
academic setting, of a modified version of the Intergroup Dialogue Project course (EDUC
2610). This class intends to create activities that can function in a less
structured setting that will
help spur construc
Women in the Big Picture
Women in the Big Picture is a response to the overwhelming majority of men’s portraits displayed
throughout Cornell’s buildings. This exhibition would feature
portraits of prominent Cornell women
from over the years in order to stimulate a discussion about the kinds of people that are honored in
society. This event hopes that all students, regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity, will be able to
identify to the
people who are featured.
Our Hill to You
Contact: Jake Blumenfeld
Our Hill to You, a day geared towards philanthropy, seeks to bring joy and education to the
members of the Ithaca community. The activities during the day
would revolve around a central
theme, such as the importance of physical activity. By uniting professors, students, and alumni and
utilizing Cornell’s plethora of resources, this inspiring day would help people see the positive impact
that can be made on a
On Learning Models for Developing Nations
On Learning Models for Developing Nations would increase sanitation at Dilmun Hall
Student farm, a place which hosts many students, pr
ofessors, and community members.
It will also
help increase skill sets that will allow Engineers without Borders and Cornell University Sustainable
Design students to construct beneficial facilities in developing countries.
CUThere’s goal is to facilitate freshmen engagement on campus and ease the transition to college
extracurricular life by connecting new students with campus leaders from their specific areas of
interest. Through convers
ations with campus leaders, freshmen can learn about opportunities
available to them in a manner that is more personal than Clubfest. Freshmen will send their contact
information and areas of interest to a CUThere email address and the program will pair th
relevant club leaders.
seeks to help resolve the question of how to best transition freshmen and
transfer students into college life. Through an innovative selection process where upperclassmen
pick a new student who they want to meet, CC links freshmen and transfer st
upperclassmen with similar academic and career interests to provide connections and build a
stronger community at Cornell.