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Annual Events and Programs

We encourage LGBT alumni to support our campus partners, who work hard every day to improve the lives of LGBT alumni and students at Cornell and beyond. If you would like to get involved, or learn more, please contact the program leader, or CUGALA’s Campus Engagement committee.

CUGALA volunteers plan a wide variety of events throughout the country, and these are the programs that happen annually. We hope you will join us!

  • January: Student-Alumni Networking Event – Multiple colleges/universities, New York City
  • April: Steven Siegel Award Celebration, New York City
  • May: Lavender Graduation at Cornell, Ithaca
  • June:
  • Cornell Reunion Social, LGBT Resource Center Open House, and Human Sexuality Collection presentation of new additions to the Collection, Ithaca
  • PRIDE events: each CUGALA region will host a PRIDE event
  • December: Holiday Party – New York City

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Spotlight on Alumni

CUGALA is proud to spotlight our most valued assets: our members. From well-known Cornellians to longtime CUGALA volunteers, these are the people that have made CUGALA what it is today. We'll feature someone new from time to time, so check back often for a new face. Each year CUGALA will honor an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to and accomplishments within the LGBT community.

To nominate an alum for this special recognition, contact Nancy Law '84 at nfl1@cornell.edu!


Celebrating the Legacy of Steven Siegel '68


A lifetime of selfless service: Steven Siegel accepting his Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award (2011).

As many of you may know, our friend and CUGALA’s leader, Steven Siegel '68, passed away on January 21, 2012, after battling cancer for over a year.

Steve was a very involved and dedicated Cornellian, serving as CUGALA’s leader for nearly three decades, the president of the Class of 1968, the vice president of the Cornell Alumni Association (previously, the Cornell Alumni Federation), a three-term member of the Cornell University Council, a member of the board of trustees of Cornell Hillel, the former general chair of the New York City chapter of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network and a former member of the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations. His tenure with each of the Cornell Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees of Cornell Hillel is distinctively the longest in the respective histories of these two organizations, and as CUGALA’s leader, he was instrumental in the creation and expansion of the Human Sexuality Collection at the Cornell Library and the LGBT Resource Center on campus, among other projects. For his service to Cornell, in 2011, he was named one of six recipients of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, the highest honor that may be bestowed by the university upon an alumni volunteer.

Professionally, Steve was the library director of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in Manhattan for many years and also involved in a number of archivist and genealogical organizations. He was a founding member of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (NY) and served as JGS’s president from 1985 to 1989 and again in 2011, a past president of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, president of the Jewish Historical Society of New York, a director of the Jewish Book Council and a member of Association of Professional Genealogists. He also co-founded and co-edited "Toledot: The Journal of Jewish Genealogy," from 1977 to 1983, served as managing editor and acting editor of JGS's newsletter, Dorot, and compiled Archival Resources, Volume I of Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the USA (Saur, 1978) and, with Zachary Baker, "A Bibliography of Eastern European Memorial (Yizkor) Books" (1992).

Steve is survived by his mother, Eleanor Siegel; his brother, Jerry Siegel; his sister, Connie Siegel Dennis; and his nieces Jessica and Katelyn Dennis. Steve was preceded in death by his partner of 29 years, Rob Selden, who passed away in 2008.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Eleanor Siegel, 9511 Weldon Circle – Apt. 302, Tamarac, Florida 33321. Steve had asked that contributions in his memory be directed to Cornell Hillel, by mail to Cornell University, Box 223623, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15251-2623 (with "Cornell Hillel IMO Steven Siegel" in the memo line of your check or attached, by phone at 1-800-279-3099, or online.

Cornell Hillel (blog): "Steven Siegel '68 May His Memory Be a Blessing"

Leonard Link (blog): "A Brief Remembrance of Steven W. Siegel"

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CUGALA works with the following organizations and Cornell units and divisions:

Alumni Groups

Cornell Departments


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CUGALA in the News

News Coverage

2013 Mar 11 - Cornell Daily Sun: "University Reflects on Shift in LGBT Presence on Campus"
2012 Jun 25 - New York Magazine: "Slideshow: NYC Goes All Out for Gay Pride Parade"
2012 Jan 9 - Cornell Chronicle: "Students and alumni collaborate to serve their communities"
2012 Jan/Feb - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Six Receive Frank H. T. Rhodes Awards"
2011 Sep/Oct - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "For Gay Alumni, Another Reason to Be Proud"
2010 Jul 8 - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Cornell Goes to the Dance, and Alumni Celebrate"
2010 Jul - Ezra Magazine: "Big Red Spirit shines through 'CU in Central Park'"
2010 Jan 12 - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Welcome to the Cornell Alumni Association (again)"
2006 Jul 28 - Cornell Chronicle: "CU in the City: The bold, the beautiful and the 'Bard'"


2012 May/Jun - Cornell Alumni Magazine: Alma Matters: "In Memoriam: Steve Siegel '68"
2012 Feb -  "How CUGALA Got Started & The Early Years" by Art Leonard '74
2012 Jan 23 - Leonard Link (blog): "A Brief Remembrance of Steven W. Siegel"
2011 Jul/Aug - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Remembering Arthur Laurents '37"
2011 May 5 - New York Times: "Arthur Laurents, Playwright and Director on Broadway, Dies at 93"
2010 Sep 18 - New York Gallery Tours (blog): "Why I Lead Monthly Gay & Lesbian Art Gallery Tours
2009 Sep 14 - The Alligator (blog): "Being gay at a Cornell fraternity in the 1970s"
1999 Aug - Paul Glover Essays (blog): "Cornell's Activist History and Future"
1990 Jul 27 - New York Times: Corrections to "Robert Alan Roth, Lawyer, 40"
1990 Jul 12 - New York Times: "Robert Alan Roth, Lawyer, 40"

Records of Cornell's LGBT History

2010 Jul 9 - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Dana Beyer '74 aims to be first transgendered American elected to statewide office"
2003 Apr - Journal of the History of Sexuality: "History of the First Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual College Student Groups
1997 May/Jun - Cornell Magazine: Letter to the Editor Re: "Sex in the Archives"
1997 Mar/Apr - Cornell Magazine: "Sex in the Archives"
1989 - Haftan M. Eckholdt '87 Papers - interviews of Cornell Student Homophile League Founders
1983 Jun 27 - New York Times: "Homosexuals' Parade Dedicated to AIDS Victims"
1980 Jun 30 - New York Daily News: "12,000 gays march in parade for rights"
1979 Dec - Cornell Alumni News: Letter to "Gay Alumni"
1971 Mar 1 - Cornell Daily Sun: "GLF Concludes Boycott of Bar"
1970 Dec 4 - Cornell Daily Sun: "Boycott Morrie's"


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