When Cornell Tech opened on Roosevelt Island in 2017, we joined a community of thousands of very involved and caring people who we are proud to call our neighbors. We were delighted to join a community of over 35 nonprofit and volunteer organizations on the island who work hard every day to improve life on Roosevelt Island — many of whom have become our partners and work with us on a regular basis.

Whether engaging with island youth, older adults, people with disabilities, sustainability advocates, the arts community, island governance, or other community activists, Cornell Tech extends its mission of improving the connection between people and technology to the Roosevelt Island community. In the true land grant tradition, we aim to broadly apply the expertise and resources of Cornell for lasting impact on this wonderful community.


Visit Us

Jane Swanson, assistant director of community and government relations at Cornell Tech, has community hours in The Café: Tuesdays 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Wednesdays 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Please drop by to chat about the campus and share your ideas. You may also contact Jane at


Community Space for Roosevelt Island Groups

Cornell Tech makes space available free of charge to Roosevelt Island nonprofit organizations once a week in the evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The space is available upon request Monday-Thursday, based on availability. For information contact


Upcoming Programs and Events

  • Tuesday, March 10th: Documentary Screening – The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis Impacting All Americans — 3:30-6:00 pm in the MSKCC Zuckerman Auditorium, 417 East 68th Street — RSVP and further information here.
  • Friday, March 20th: LGBTQ+ Health Workshop: Best Practices in Communicating and Caring for LGBTQ+ Patients — 2:00-5:00 pm at Weill Cornell Medicine, 1300 York Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room A-2500 — Further information here. RSVP here.


Watch this space for upcoming spring events — Dates to be announced soon:

  • One-to-One Computer Training for Adults 60+
  • Community Conversations with Cornell Tech Faculty (featuring Shiri Azenkot)
  • More Engaged RI events — Link to the Engaged Roosevelt Island website is here.