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Human Wellbeing

Human health, happiness and wellbeing. Social sustainability includes social and mental health, physical wellbeing, community diversity & inclusion, cultural understanding, and career fulfillment.

Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing 

Wellbeing is a multi-faceted system that affects all of us, both internally and externally. At Cornell, we recognize the importance of fostering an environment in which individuals can prosper in every area of their lives. That is why we strive to fully satisfy each of the seven dimensions of human wellbeing through campus-wide collaboration, student and staff/faculty engagement, and education and training. Continue reading below to learn more about each of the seven dimensions.

Self-awareness, hopefulness, and agility in dealing with life challenges.

  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
  • Cornell Wellness
  • Trainings on mindfulness, resiliency, etc. (ODTM)

Cultivating positive relationships and caring for adults, children, and animals in your family, at work, and in the community.

  • At work
    • Mentoring Program for Employees
    • Employee Celebration Days
    • Colleague Network Groups
    • Cornell Retiree Association
    • Volunteerism opportunities
  • Children - Cornell Child Care Center, Emergency Back-up Child Care, Parent Newsletter, Bring a Child to Work Day
  • Elders/Adults – Workshops, Consultations, Adult Care Newsletter, Caregiver Support Network
  • Pets - Cornell Hospital for Animals, Pet sitters

Maintaining good health and managing stress through rest, healthy diet, and exercise.

  • Endowed health and dental plans
  • Contract college (state) health and dental plans
  • Cornell Wellness, Support Networks
  • Medical leaves administration
  • Lactation rooms and breastfeeding support
  • Meal Choice Program – Cornell Dining

Engaging with and feeling supported by your home and work communities.

  • Inclusiveness Excellence Academy
  • Cornell United Religious Works
  • Men of Color Colleague Network Group
  • Women of Color Colleague Network Group
  • LGBTQ Colleague Network Group
  • Veteran Colleague Network Group
  • Disability Colleague Network Group
  • New Hire Colleague Network Group

Making a positive impact on the quality of one’s work and home environments, community, and the world where we live.

  • Cornell Sustainability Education Programs
  • Cornell Green Office Initiative
  • Cornell Botanic Gardens
  • Ride share, Vanpool, and other alternative transportation options
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County programs

Experiencing intellectual stimulation and career fulfillment while effectively managing one’s personal life goals.

  • Free self-directed online learning –
  • Resume review, coaching/mentoring programs, etc. 
  • Job rotations, shadowing assignments, and stretch opportunities
  • Employee Degree Program
  • Tuition Aid Program and Intramural Study
  • Employee Assembly, Faculty Senate
  • Flexible work options
  • Leadership development Programs
  • Various awards and recognition
  • Student organization advising

Managing one’s personal financial resources to reduce stress and build security.

  • Retirement plans: endowed and contract college (state)
  • Financial Education Programming
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Emergency CARE Fund
  • Free credit counseling
  • Pet insurance
  • Interest free technology loans
  • Professional clothing giveaways
  • Personal purchase perks and discounts
  • Parenting related - Child Care Grant Program, Faculty Dependent Care Travel Fund, Adoption Assistance Grant, Children’s Tuition Scholarship Program

People, Planet, Purpose, ProsperityOur Sustainability Framework

People and their needs are a part of Cornell University’s Sustainability Framework. This four part framework allows senior staff, project managers, and employees at all levels of the University to consider sustainability in business decision making. The framework allows projects or decisions to be evaluated for their ability to maximize or improve the mental, physical, and emotional needs of people on campus, in our community, and around the world as one of four areas of consideration.


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Creating a radically inclusive campus and community for all needs and all people. Ensuring access and inclusion for those with unique identities and abilities.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Promoting genuine belonging across our community's demographic diversity, and advancing our capacity to connect and create just systems in a diverse world.

Dog yoga

Health & Wellbeing

Inspiring and supporting the wellbeing of our bodies, minds, and hearts for both individuals and our community, while recognizing the role of food, land, water, and other natural environments in supporting human health and community.

Woman reading in Cornell Botanic Gardens

Work Life Balance

Creating University policies and tools for flexible work arrangement, stress management, and recognition of life needs to support the wellbeing of our employees and achieve our workplace goals.

Cornell is a caring community because of the efforts we all make - faculty, staff, and students - to seek help for ourselves and to offer support to others.