Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is Our Strength

Meinig School Community Values

At the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, we believe that including diverse identities, backgrounds and perspectives in our school enables the best solutions to challenges for human health. Biomedical engineering education and research are most innovative when all our community members, including those who are marginalized in our society, can thrive as their authentic selves. We acknowledge that we exist in a world that struggles with inequality, and, in the spirit of Cornell’s ideal of “any person, any study,” we commit to championing diversity, equity and inclusion to improve the health of all.

As part of our commitment, the Meinig School's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is coordinating the following events and initiatives in the coming weeks:

Upcoming Events

To Be Announced


Past Events

Pride Potluck: Wednesday, June 22th, 4:00 PM in 125 Weill Hall. 


Diversity Dinner: Thursday, April 28th, 6:30 PM in 125 Weill Hall. 

Diversity Dinner poster

Join the Meinig School DEI Committee for the first of our new Diversity Dinner series! April 28th at 6:30PM in 125 Weill Hall. Guest speaker Dr. Amal El-Ghazaly, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell will present on her career journey, with specific focus on her DEI efforts, and will take questions.

Amal El-Ghazaly
Dr. Amal El-Ghazaly

Where: 125 Weill Hall
Date: April 28, 2022
Time: 6:30PM to 7:30PM

Dinner will be provided to all attendees. This event is open to all students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.

Attendance will be limited, so please RSVP.

Direct any questions about the event or about participating in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, please contact Sophia Ziemian (snz4@cornell.edu) or Tyler McNeill (tjm339@cornell.edu).


Spring 2022 Open Meeting: 

spring 2022 open meeting flyerJoin the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee for the first DEI 2022 community meeting to chat with fellow BME members and explore the world of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The BME department is committed to creating an environment that is inclusive and reflective of the BME community and we would love to hear your ideas about what would help create a sense of belonging and inclusion for all members of the BME department..


Friday, November 5th, 4-5 PM in 125 Weill Hall. 

Dr. Isabel Perera
Dr. Isabel Perera

Discussion: Socio-economic and racial inequalities in health, with Dr. Isabel Perera, Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University and affiliated faculty at the Center for the Study of Inequality

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force will be holding its first discussion event on Friday, November 5th, 4-5 PM in 125 Weill Hall. We will view an episode of the PBS series "Unnatural Causes". This series examines the causes and consequences of socio-economic and racial inequalities in health. The viewing will be followed by a discussion with our special guest, Dr. Isabel Perera, Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University and affiliated faculty at the Center for the Study of Inequality.


Improving accessibility of research for undergraduates

Increasing accessibility of research for undergraduates is vital to creating a diverse and inclusive department, and, by extension, field of research. We understand that increasing accessibility is a process of both eliminating barriers and helping undergraduates over the barriers that we cannot yet remove. As such we are seeking a three-pronged approach to increase diversity and inclusion of undergraduate research in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering:

  1. help undergraduates develop the skills to get into labs
  2. help research staff (including graduate students) to develop mutually beneficial relationships with undergraduates
  3. help professors understand how to fund undergraduate researchers and foster healthy mentoring relationships

We are starting by surveying each group on their role in this endeavor. From there we will host a series of workshops to address the barriers identified from this information, and continue this process to improve people's experiences at the Meinig School. Links to surveys below:

For any/all feedback on this initiative, please email map476@cornell.edu or tjm339@cornell.edu.