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Our Vision for the Future
Our goal is to solidify Cornell’s place as a leader in academic research and graduate and undergraduate education on social and economic inequality. This includes strategic hiring of new faculty at both the junior and senior level and recruitment of top graduate students.  We also aim to expand financial support for inequality-focused research, through direct support of faculty projects and smaller grants that assist scholars in competing for external funding.  Expanded programming for the Minor in Inequality Studies includes establishing a program to offer financial support for students pursuing unpaid summer experiences focused on inequality research.  Support for the minor also enables students to engage with outside scholars and policy-makers and to develop analytic skills through involvement in faculty research.

Support the Center for the Study of Inequality
There are many ways to support CSI.  Gifts of any size can be directed to the CSI Gift Fund for immediate use in support of the Center’s mission.  This includes support for ongoing inequality research by faculty, graduate students and undergraduates as well as scholarly lectures and workshops for the broader Cornell community.  Endowed gifts ensure the long-term stability of CSI and Cornell’s position as a leader in inequality research.  These gifts also help us to recruit and retain the most exceptional scholars working in the field, and allow us to expand opportunities that enhance the undergraduate experience.  Current areas of particular need are described below.

Center and Directorship
These current use and endowed funds support the Center’s expansion and allow the director to focus on the Center as his or her primary objective.
$15,000: Current use gift for a conference room equipped with videoconferencing technology
$5,000,000: Named directorship for the Center for the Study of Inequality
$10,000,000: Naming opportunity for the Center for the Study of Inequality

Faculty Support
These gifts assist with recruiting and retaining leading scholars and teachers.
$500,000: Named faculty fellowship in Inequality and Poverty Studies
$2,000,000: Named assistant/associate professorship of Inequality and Poverty Studies
$3,000,000: Named professorship of Inequality and Poverty Studies

Undergraduate Minor in Inequality Studies
Gifts to the Minor in Inequality Studies Program enhance undergraduate training and experiential learning.
$30,000: Current use gift to establish an undergraduate research laboratory
$100,000: Named lectures on policy-relevant topics by external scholars and practitioners
$250,000: Named undergraduate summer research experience fellowship

Graduate Education
These endowed funds support graduate students, helping us recruit and train the next generation of inequality scholars.
$500,000: Named graduate teaching assistant fellowship in Inequality and Poverty Studies
$500,000: Named graduate research assistant fellowship in Inequality and Poverty Studies
$1,500,000: Named postdoctoral fellowship in Inequality and Poverty Studies

For more information, contact us at inequality@cornell.edu or 607.254.8674.

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