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The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) is in the midst of a substantial expansion, triggered by a transformative $10 million grant received in 2016.  Building on this momentum, CSI aims to establish its place as a world-class leader in evidence-based scholarship and teaching focused on the patterns, causes, and consequences of social and economic inequality.

With more than 100 faculty affiliates from 20 departments and schools at Cornell, CSI is the hub for inequality-focused research on campus.  CSI fosters new and cutting-edge scholarship on topics as varied as access to high-quality public education, the impact of changing patterns of civic participation, the links between poverty and health, and the causes of workplace discrimination.  Through biannual conferences and the dissemination of academic research, the Center also helps to shape conversations among policymakers and practitioners.

The undergraduate Minor in Inequality Studies administered by CSI has been earned by more than 600 undergraduates since the program’s inception in 2003.  Through capstone courses and engagement with leading scholars and practitioners, the Minor in Inequality Studies challenges undergraduates to consider fundamental questions about poverty and inequality.

CSI also works to recruit and train the next generation of inequality scholars.  The Seed Grant Program supports graduate research focused on social mobility and equality of opportunity; race, ethnicity and immigration; and inequality and democracy.  These grants also facilitate undergraduate participation in research, enabling students to develop critical analytic skills.

Finally, by sponsoring speakers, workshops, and other events, CSI engages the Cornell community more broadly in conversation about social and economic inequality.

CSI is accepting donations (of any amount) to help us advance this mission. There are several ways to give to CSI, please explore these using the links below:

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