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

In-person community hours are currently on hold. If you would like to contact Jane Swanson, please contact her via email at or call 646-220-1505.


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


Programs and Events

  • One-to-One Computer Training for Adults 60+  — Need help with your smartphone, iPad, laptop, etc? Send an email to to be matched with a Cornell Tech student who will work with you remotely to solve your tech problems!
  • Engaged Roosevelt Island — An Engaged Opportunity Grant was awarded to Cornell Tech with the goal of promoting environmental understanding and boosting sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. Throughout the year there will be events to foster collaboration toward a cleaner and healthier neighborhood. To learn more about these efforts, please visit the Engaged Roosevelt Island website.
  • Good Code Podcast — Good Code is a weekly podcast about ethics in our digital world. Each week, host Chine Labbé engages with a different expert on the ethical dilemmas raised by our ever-more pervasive digital technologies. This project is a collaboration between Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Initiative and journalist Chine Labbé. To learn more about the program and listen in on the podcast, please visit the Good Code website.
  • eCornell Keynotes —  Facilitated by eCornell, Cornell University’s online education department, eCornell Keynotes are live, interactive learning events that bring thought leadership to an online global audience completely for free. Check out their website for the full schedule of upcoming events, as well as to view the archive of past Keynote recordings.