Toni Morrison Hall is part of Cornell's Sophomore Village, and will house upperlevel students in the future. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Toni Morrison Hall will house first-year students.
The hall is named for Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Morrison earned a B.S. in English in 1953 at Howard University and a master’s degree in American literature in 1955 at Cornell. An A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell from 1997 to 2003, Morrison returned to the Ithaca campus numerous times over the years.
Through creative floor plans, Toni Morrison Hall provides living spaces with a modern aesthetic that enhances the residential experience and encourages interaction and collaboration among students. Toni Morrison Hall aims to draw students out of their individual rooms and into ample common areas that support group study, social interaction, and programs in spacious lounges and nearby cafés.
For 2021-2022, Toni Morrison Hall will house the all-female identified experience traditionally housed in Balch Hall, which is currently closed for renovation. Self-governance--long a tradition for Cornell women--is well established in this community, with plenty of leadership opportunities. The student-driven Community Council arranges programs and events for residents, ranging from group outings to see plays or go apple picking to educational programs focused on women in the workplace, surviving academia at Cornell, sexuality and relationship development, and body image.
Located on North Campus
Single and double rooms arranged in suites with a shared bathroom along corridors; floors are single gender (female identified)
Lounges, study areas, shared kitchen spaces, a music practice room, and laundry facilities
Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a wardrobe and three drawer bureau, a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and recycling bin
Wireless Internet access
Toni Morrison Hall is air conditioned.
Susan Daniel, Associate Professor in the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the Faculty-in-Residence for Toni Morrison Hall. She and her partner, Michael, make their home in the Faculty-in-Residence house right down the road and regularly spend time with student members of the Toni Morrison Hall community. Toni Morrison Hall also has a number of Faculty and Community Fellows that provide students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual, and cultural interests. You will find them attending events in your building, eating with students in the dining room, and leading on- and off-campus trips to lectures, plays, films, concerts, and regional points of interest.