Vice President Lombardi offers condolences on the death of KAR Robison

It is with profound sadness that I share the news that KAR Robison, a junior majoring in Environment & Sustainability, died unexpectedly last week.

A research assistant and recent intern with the Global Citizenship and Sustainability Program, they were instrumental in the development of an online digital museum project to document the Penan indigenous community of Borneo. KAR was involved with the Cornell Environmental Collective, LGBT Resource Center, and was an artist and artistic hat maker.

On behalf of Cornell, I extend my sincere condolences to KAR’s family, friends and faculty. Please keep them in your thoughts during this difficult time. I encourage anyone who may be in need of support to reach out to the offices listed below.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life


Individuals can have a diverse range of feelings, needs, and reactions when facing loss. This information about Grief and Loss (pdf) may be helpful to you or a friend. A wide range of supportive resources is also available at

Members of the LGBTQ+ community, friends and allies, can also reach out to Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center for support at

Students in need of professional mental health support can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155 and employees can call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673. Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAPS and FSAP services are currently being delivered via telehealth. Whenever these services are closed, calls are answered by Cornell Health’s on-call mental health provider.