First organized in 1979 and then incorporated in 1980, Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (CUGALA) is one of the oldest and largest LGBT university alumni organizations in the country. Over the past three decades, CUGALA has grown from a handful of individuals to a network of over 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender alumni and straight allies—each with a unique story, but collectively committed to making Cornell a more supportive and inclusive place for members of the LGBT community.
CUGALA's mission is to foster community among, and build stronger connections between, Cornell's LGBT alumni and students, staff, faculty, parents, and straight allies. We achieve this mission in a variety of ways, such as sponsoring social and networking events on campus and across the United States, participating in community service and student mentorship programs, organizing regional chapters, and supporting LGBT initiatives and institutions at Cornell both financially and through leadership. CUGALA also serves as the voice of LGBT alumni to the Cornell Alumni Association and Cornell Mosaic, and regularly cosponsors events with other Cornell alumni groups and the LGBT alumni organizations of other colleges and universities.
This website serves as a resource to our members and others interested in learning more about CUGALA and the Cornell LGBT community. Check back from time to time for announcements of upcoming CUGALA programs and events, how you can get more involved with CUGALA and connect with your friends and classmates, and ways to support the Cornell LGBT community. As we continue to grow and reimagine CUGALA for the next thirty years, your support and participation will be crucial. We appreciate your interest, and hope you choose to get (and stay) involved!
Meet the Board