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.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics Sarah Murray serves as Akwe:kon's Faculty Fellow.
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.
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For more information about Akwe:kon, call (607) 255-0652 or email akwe:firstname.lastname@example.org.