Research Team

Nathan Baker ’17

College of Arts and Sciences | Government and Spanish









Nathan is a senior honors candidate studying Government and Spanish in the College of Arts and Sciences.  During his four years on Cornell’s campus, he has served as the President of his social fraternity, President and founder of the Cornell Political Union and as a teaching assistant for various courses.  Issues central to IDP’s mission guide Nathan’s career choices.  Some experiences include lobbying for equitable civil rights legislation in DC, working for the Department of Education’s Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs and reaching across borders to participate in international exchange programs in Latin America.  After taking an IDP section on race, Nathan continues his involvement with the program as a member of the research team.

Alisha Meschkow, Ph.D. ‘21

College of Human Ecology | Human Development





Alisha is a Ph.D. student in Human Development. She conducts research to address questions at the intersection of law, emotion, and decision-making. After attending training for IDP with undergraduate facilitators, she fell in love with the project’s dedication to promoting empathic understanding and the enthusiasm the organizers bring to each dialogue. Alisha hopes to use her deep roots in both social justice and empirical research to amplify marginalized voices and reform the U.S. justice system.

Ryan Vega ’19 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Animal Science

Ryan is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences pursuing a major in Animal Science and a minor in Education. She first became involved with IDP last spring as a participant in the Gender section and enjoyed the experience so much she decided to become a facilitator. Besides facilitating IDP and doing research, Ryan also works as a Program Assistant at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and sings with her a capella group, The Chordials. In her (very limited) free time, she enjoys cuddling with farm animals and playing the ukulele.