The mission of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) is to aid the development of new generations of educated Native and non-Native peoples who will contemplate, study and contribute to the building of nation and community on a global scale. Additional goals of our program are:
- Develop recruitment and retention practices to enable American Indian and Indigenous students to complete their academic programs at Cornell.
- Provide a challenging curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) that encompasses a variety of disciplines, utilizes university resources, and reflects an accurate portrayal of Indigenous Peoples within historical, social and contemporary arenas.
- Build the intellectual foundation for the resurgence of Native community and nation through rigorous scholarship and research.
- Develop an outreach program that facilitates the learning environment through a comprehensive dialogue grounded in Indigenous culture.