Self-identification survey

Mary Opperman

This past week, Vice President Mary Opperman sent the following message to all Cornell faculty and staff about a disability and veterans self-identification survey:

Dear Colleagues,

Since 2004, Cornell University has holistically addressed the needs and interests of its students, faculty, and administration/staff with disabilities in three ways, by: 1) incorporating disability matters into the university’s institutional diversity planning; 2) implementing a long-term disability access management strategic plan to increase accessibility of the university’s Ithaca campus and programs; and 3) including the needs of individuals with disabilities in the university’s overall work/life strategy.

This year, as part of a series of new federal affirmative action regulations, we are inviting you to voluntarily participate in our Affirmative Action Program by reporting your status as an individual with a disability. For clarification, a "person with a disability" includes, but is not limited to, individuals with a physical or cognitive impairment, mental health condition, chronic health condition (such as heart disease or diabetes), or a vision or hearing impairment.

As we extend this invitation, please keep in mind: (a) you are under no obligation to respond, but may do so at any time if you choose to via Workday; (b) responses will remain confidential within the Human Resources Department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our Affirmative Action Program.

Below is a link to this invitation to self-identify, which should only take a couple minutes to complete. The survey will close on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about Cornell’s commitment to supporting students, faculty and staff with disabilities, please refer to or contact one of the university’s Americans with Disability Act coordinators: Alan Mittman (, Andrea Haenlin-Mott (, or Kappy Fahey (


Mary Opperman
Vice President, Human Resources and Safety Services