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Akwe:kon

Student Population:
 
  
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First-year, transfer, and upperlevel students
 
 
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  • Akwekon

    Akwe:kon (pronounced uh-GWAY-go) opened its doors in 1991, making it the nation's first university residence hall established to celebrate American Indian culture and heritage. In the Mohawk language, Akwe:kon means "all of us," reflecting the spirit of inclusiveness the house offers to students and the broader community.

    Akwe:kon's 35 residents represent diverse cultures and backgrounds; roughly half are Native American. Whatever their cultural background or tribal nationality, residents share an interest in past and contemporary Native issues and the importance of community and extended family.

    Throughout the year, Akwe:kon – in conjunction with Cornell's American Indian Program – sponsors activities and programs like the regional Pow Wow and the weeklong Native American Festival, featuring music, art, and dances by participants representing tribes from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Events are open to the public, and enable the whole Cornell community to experience the spirit of Native cultures and traditions.

    Akwe:kon's distinctive building and landscape were designed with extensive input from Native people, incorporating symbols that reflect the theme of communal spirit.

    Community features:

    • Open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel students
    • 35 residents
    • Located on North Campus, near Robert Purcell Community Center
    • Single and double rooms
    • A community multipurpose room, a TV room, a library, two study lounges, a kitchen, and a computer room
    • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, and a wastebasket
    • Wireless Internet access

    Faculty involvement:

    Associate Professor of Anthropology Kurt Jordan and Associate Professor of Horticulture Jane Mt. Pleasant serve as Akwe:kon's Faculty Fellows.

    Program fee:

    In addition to the room rate, Akwe:kon residents pay a program fee of $70/year to support the many activities and events that define the community.

    How to apply for residency:

    Application instructions and links can be found at Application Process: New Undergraduate Students and Application Process: Current Undergraduate Students.

    Out-of-House Membership information: 

    Program Houses offer out-of-house memberships for Cornell community members who want to participate as non-residents. Download an out-of-house member application here.

    Dining options:

    Click here for information about Cornell Dining's meal plans.

    Questions?

    For more information about Akwe:kon, call (607) 255-0652 or email akwe:kon@cornell.edu.

    For more information about the American Indian Program, call (607) 255-6587, email aipoffice@cornell.edu, or visit http://www.aip.cornell.edu.

     

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