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Community Relations

Gary Stewart
Gary Stewart

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Gary Stewart

Associate Vice President for Community Relations

Cornell University
110 Day Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-2801

The mission of the Office of Community Relations is to connect the campus and the local community and support proactive, equitable ideas about shared challenges and opportunities in one of America’s greatest college towns. Our goals revolve around timely sharing of information and a daily focus on accessibility, transparency, and hospitality. Cornell is proud that Ithaca is its home community.

Community Relations staff works with community and campus leaders on matters of mutual interest on a number of issues tied to Tompkins County’s quality of life—including area infrastructure, sustainability, public schools, economic development, transportation, and planning.

We serve as coordinating staff for the Collegetown Neighborhood Council and the Campus-Community Coalition. Community Relations staff also holds per-request outreach sessions around Tompkins County. These informal meetings give residents the chance to talk with Cornell representatives about community-campus issues and opportunities.

We promote Cornell’s Accessing Science program, part of the educational outreach coordinated by the Educational Programs Office in the Cornell Center for Materials Research, which offers teachers the opportunity to bring their class to campus to tour research labs and shared experimental facilities.

Each year through our Town-Gown Awards we celebrate proactive campus-community initiatives by honoring organizations and individuals that have been nominated by community members.


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