The American Indian Program's Akwe:kon
Opened in 1991, Akwe:kon, (pronounced ''a-gway'-go'', it means ''all of us'' in Mohawk Iroquois) is the first university residence of its kind in the country purposely built to celebrate Native American heritage.
Developing diversity on campus was a major goal for President Rhodes. Minority students now make up one-quarter of undergraduate population. In 1988 he wrote the report of the Commission on Minority Participation in Education and American Life, which he chaired. The report made an impassioned call for full integration of African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian Americans into the American education system. President Rhodes was actively involved in the creation of the American Indian Program at Cornell as well as of Asian American and Hispanic American Studies.