Partial Timeline of the Programs at Cornell

January 1969: A feminist conference held at Cornell helps to inspire the start of the Cornell Women's Studies program, which was first called Female Studies.

April 16, 1969: Willard Straight Hall Takeover

1969: The Africana Studies and Research Center (ASRC) at Cornell is established in the wake of WSH Takeover, becoming the birthplace of the field of Africana Studies

1972: Students form “New Coalition” pushing for Africana Studies, Chicanx Studies, Native American Studies, and Asian American Studies

Spring 1973: Ethnic Studies Conference organized by student organizations

May/July 1973: New Coalition submits proposal for Ethnic Studies Center to Provost and Board of Trustees

October 1973: Students stage walkouts after meetings with provost

1974: Board of Trustees form Committee to the Study the Status of Minorities that considers ethnic studies course development

1977: La Asociación Latina released the Report on the Status of Hispanic Students at Cornell. The students proposed an “Ethnic Studies Program”. This interdisciplinary program was unable to gain traction and support from the Provost Office and academic personnel, so it failed.

1978: Calls for an “Asian American Customs” course; Student Alliance Against Racism’s 5 Demands, one of which called for expanded ethnic studies offerings

1983: The American Indian Program at Cornell is established

Spring 1983: The First World Alliance, “a coalition of minority student groups on campus [including] Black Students United, La Asociacion Latina, the Asian American Coalition, North American Indians at Cornell and Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals of Color,” holds a rally and makes demands for Ethnic Studies programs

1985: A group of Latinx students, staff, and faculty began working on designing a Hispanic Studies Program. The Ad Hoc Committee, after two years, wrote up and put forth the “Proposal for the Establishment of a Hispanic Studies Program at Cornell University”.

1986: Creation of the Asian American Studies Project Advisory Committee by Vice Provost Adams in the spring to “explore the possibilities of establishing an academic program in Asian American Studies at Cornell.” East Coast Asian American Scholars Conference was held in the fall discussing Asian American Studies and its prospects on the East Coast. The Advisory Committee released their report one year later.

1987: The Asian American Studies Program at Cornell is formally constituted as a program

1987: The Hispanic Studies Program at Cornell is formally constituted as a program Fall 1993: Students lead Day Hall Takeover, resulting in the expansion of the Latino Studies Program (LSP) and the creation of the Latino Living Center (LLC)

1987-1994: Akwe:kon, the first residential program in the nation for American Indian students, is constructed

1989: The Asian American Studies Resource Center is created in Rockefeller

1998: An ad-hoc committee comprised of Deans and Department Chairs in the Humanities issues the "State of the Humanities Report." The report calls Africana Studies and Research Center "an especially unusual problem" and calls for the collapsing of all ethnic studies programs into American Studies.

2000: APAA, with over 40 organizations, sends a proposal to the administration in response to spate of bias related incidents against Asian women; among the demands were to expand ethnic studies

2003: Ethnic Studies Task Force Report

2008: The Asian and Asian American Center (A3C) is established

Fall 2015: Black Students United at Cornell publishes a list of demands, including a call for “planning and development of Latinx Studies, American Indian, and Asian American Studies majors by the end of Academic Year 2016”

Spring 2016: SA Resolution #45, calling for the “extending of the Student Assembly’s support for making the Asian-American Studies minor into a major” is approved

Fall 2016: Townhall on Ethnic Studies, FGSS, and LGBT organized by student organizations, faculty members, and program staff