Cornell University’s Olin Library hosted a Portal for a series of events, seminars, classes, and performances for undergraduate and graduate students. Connection topics ranged from discussions on migration with San Pedro Sula, Honduras to black speculative thought with Kigali, Rwanda. The Portal also hosted jam sessions between American folk musicians in Ithaca and traditional Afghan musicians at the Afghan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Participation was widespread and actively drove diverse community engagement; we are now working on building a permanent Portal at Cornell.
Cornell Library staff also promoted the Portal as a primary source, and worked with faculty and students across projects and divisions to develop research projects around Portals and community engagement, and position the Portal as a source for existing academic research and collaboration.