Who are we?


The Cornell Vegan Society (CVS) is an academic society that promotes public understanding of veganism and related ethical, scientific, and social issues. Cornell Vegan Society strives to bring the connection between diet and bioethics, our treatment toward other beings, public health, and the environment into public consciousness.

Veganism


Vegan philosophy and worldview promote a future in which humans celebrate health while analyzing and examining their inextricable relationship with the ecosystem. Vegans value sentience and empathy as common grounds from which to promote vibrancy in all life. Thus, bioethically-influenced responsible behavior is acted through the non-exploitation of humans, non-human animals, and environmental resources while creating an atmosphere conducive to regeneration and growth.

What We Do


Outreach

We work to inform the general public about veganism and its impacts on health, society, and Earth.

We host a variety of events such as guest lectures, free tastings, vegan potlucks, movie/documentary screenings, etc. Every academic year, we attend the Ivy League Vegan Conference, which features academic conversations on philosophy, law, nutrition, health, innovation in food industry, etc.

Conversation

We promote constructive conversations on veganism and a diverse range of all related topics such as nutrition, policy, human rights, sustainability, animal rights, ethics, etc.

We believe that conversations that include a broad spectrum of individuals (vegans, non-vegans, scientists, philosophers, law scholars, etc.) promote better understanding of veganism and related matters. Throughout each semester, we host high-profile speakers from diverse backgrounds such as Michael Greger M.D., Gene Baur, James McWilliams Ph.D., Jonathan Balcombe Ph.D., George Eisman R.D., and many others.

Change and Improve

We work closely with Cornell Dining and restaurants in the surrounding community to improve and increase the vegan options at and around Cornell.

As of 2015, Cornell Dining now offers made-to-order vegan pizzas, quesadillas, and grilled cheese sandwiches with Daiya cheese at various cafes, as well as an increased options of delicious and healthful vegan dishes and desserts in the dining halls.

From Our Events


A delicious dessert from one of our potlucks

Free vegan fajita event

Vegan Mentorship Program Potluck

Ivy League Vegan Conference 2015, Cornell

Leadership


Sherry Colb

Faculty Advisor

Sherry F. Colb is Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell Law School. She received her A.B. from Columbia College (Valedictorian) and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After law school, she clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Cornell Law faculty, she has served on the faculties of Rutgers Law School in Camden and Rutgers Law School in Newark. Her research and teaching interests center on issues of constitutional criminal procedure (especially the Fourth Amendment), animal rights, sexual equality, and evidence. She has written numerous law review articles and two books, the latest of which, published by Lantern Books, is Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans (2013).

Nancy

Co-president

Nancy grew up in California and has always had a love and passion for animals. After awareness that the animals she was consuming were sentient beings, she realized adopting a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle was most in line with her personal beliefs and has never been happier. She has found this lifestyle not only benefits her health, the environment, and the animals, but also allows her to live purposefully and consciously. She is currently a senior Animal Science major and Natural Resources minor en route to becoming a wildlife conservation biologist for endangered species.

Sarina

Co-president

Sarina grew up in Los Angeles, California. She was born with a passion for non-human animals, but one of the first ways this love manifested itself in an impactful manner was when she became a vegetarian at age 10. Although the elimination of meat from her diet originated from a solely ethical basis, as she began to learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet, she understood that there were not only ethical components to the cause, but also elements centered around benefiting the environment and human health. After about a decade of vegetarianism, Sarina decided to transition completely into veganism in July 2013 when it finally occurred to her that eating any type of animal product contributes to animal suffering. She is currently a senior in Animal Science who plans to start veterinary school next fall.

Sarah

Vice President

Sarah is a junior Operations Research and Information Engineering major and Business minor. She grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and switched to a vegan diet her junior year of high school. This decision came after becoming aware of the treatment of animals in the food industry and doing research on the environmental and health implications of eating animal-based foods. In her spare time Sarah enjoys running, cooking, being outdoors, and watching hockey.

Haruka

Internal Event Chair

Haruka is a Nutritional Science major, a writer, reader, photographer, oil painter, plant enthusiast, and adrenaline junkie. She fell in love with the latent beauty of insects as a youngling among the Japanese mountains before moving to America where the language of art became her primary source of self expression. You’ll find Haruka reading, writing, cooking, hiking, painting/drawing, scavenging abandoned buildings to take photographs, doing yoga, or meditating.

Anisha

External Event Chair

Anisha is a sophomore Electrical and Computer Engineering major. She grew up in Houston, Texas before moving to New Jersey at the beginning of her freshmen year of college. She became vegan during her freshmen year of college because she does not believe in the mistreatment of animals for food or other products. Anisha enjoys cooking, dancing, and drawing.

Anshu

Marketing Chair

Anshu is from Fresno, California. She is a junior studying Nutrition with minors in Global Health and English. She made the shift towards a plant source diet after getting to know the health and ethical reasons through Cornell’s Professor Colb of Law and Emeritus Professor Colin Campbell of Nutrition and Biochemistry. Funny how you can learn so much from professors outside of class, eh? She is very excited to be working in the Liu Lab of Diet and Cancer this semester, researching the relationship between plant based foods and health. You can find her biking around campus, practicing Capoiera outside of Helen Newman, or having a jolly good time Mann library.

Brianna

General Board Member

Brianna lives just outside of NYC and is a sophomore Animal Science major pursuing minors in both the Fine Arts and Inequalities Studies. She has wanted to become a Veterinarian since she was a little kid and is grateful to be able to work towards that goal at Cornell. She’s had a plant-based diet for about two years, and was vegetarian for seven years before that. Her choice to follow these lifestyles is purely moral and stems from her love of all animals. She tries her best to make conscious, informed decisions and lives by the mantra “do no harm”.

Jillian

Ithaca Liaison

Jillian Solomon is a junior at Cornell Unversity. She is currently studying Information Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In 8th grade, Jillian became a pescetarian because she didn’t like the hormones and antibiotics used in meat production and organic meat was too expensive. After learning more about the health benefits of veganism and having access to Cornell’s vegan friendly dining halls, she started eating a vegan diet. Jillian has been vegan for just about 2 years now.