SPEAKER 1: To me, any person, any study, means--
SPEAKER 2: For me, any person, any study means--
SPEAKER 3: People from all over the world and from many different backgrounds.
SPEAKER 4: International students.
SPEAKER 1: The children of immigrants.
SPEAKER 5: Just so many different people from different backgrounds interested in different stuff.
SPEAKER 2: Anyone--
SPEAKER 3: --can come here.
SPEAKER 6: Any person from anywhere in the world is able to come to this great institution in Ithaca, New York--
SPEAKER 3: --without worrying about the pressure of discrimination or being held back.
SPEAKER 7: I think it means diversity.
SPEAKER 8: Not just in the aspect of race, ethnicity, but also age, different backgrounds, different life experiences.
SPEAKER 9: And being able to learn from that, learn from that diversity.
SPEAKER 10: It kind of captures the spirit of Cornell and what we're trying to do here, where we cover many, many different disciplines with many different people with many different experiences.
SPEAKER 11: Climate change, prejudice, structural poverty are all issues that require difference.
SPEAKER 12: Elite schools were something reserved for people of an elite class.
SPEAKER 13: Cornell was way ahead of its time.
SPEAKER 2: Cornell was one of the first Ivys to, first of all, accept women, people with any or no religious background.
SPEAKER 13: And the way I like to think about Cornell now is that we need to keep ahead of our time when it comes to any person, any study.
SPEAKER 14: A space where everyone can truly feel welcome. And I know we're still working towards that. But I feel as though, with the progression we've made, that we [INAUDIBLE] one day and be able to truly live out these ideals.
SPEAKER 15: There's a lot of things designed to get people from different parts of the university to work together.
SPEAKER 16: It's part of our DNA. It's part of our culture and, in some sense, an expectation of the institution.
SPEAKER 12: Any person, any study also means, at least to me, the opportunity to explore your passions here.
SPEAKER 1: It means you can study anything you want. And Cornell will support you.
SPEAKER 2: From the applied to theoretical.
SPEAKER 12: All of the different colleges have so many different opportunities for different research and--
SPEAKER 1: --opportunities for you to learn and grow and explore.
SPEAKER 2: Not even just in the formal education and classes, but also in the groups on campus.
SPEAKER 9: The ability to really do a deep dive across campus organizations outside of the classroom.
SPEAKER 17: I can go to any colleague with an idea, talk through that idea with them, get support that I need for conducting that research. People are all in.
SPEAKER 2: You can find your home and your own niche.
SPEAKER 9: Anyone from any background can really have a successful story here.
SPEAKER 17: It's a broad community.
SPEAKER 18: And that's the beauty of any person, any study.
SPEAKER 12: That's what that means to me.
SPEAKER 19: I'm so honored to be part of a university that's been committed to diversity and to inclusion since its founding. And I'm honored to be able to work today with faculty, staff, students, and alumni to ensure that we keep that vision alive and honor it not just today, but for generations to come.
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October 7, 2018 marks 150 years since Ezra Cornell publicly declared his vision of creating an institution where "any person can find instruction in any study." We asked our Cornell community: what does "… any person ... any study" mean to you?