Fall 2017 Facilitators 

In Fall 2017, we’re offering 13 dialogues across 5 topics: Race, Gender, Socioeconomic Status (SES), Sexual Orientation, and, for the first time, Nationality!

Baba Adejuyigbe ’18

College of Human Ecology

Baba is a senior Human Biology, Health and Society major with minors in Business and Inequality Studies. He is also a member of Cornell’s Big Red Varsity Football Team. Baba is an aspiring medical doctor of Nigerian descent but was raised and has spent most of his life in Johannesburg, South Africa. On campus, aside from his academic and athletic obligations, Baba is a LSAMP scholar, a P3 scholar and is the founder of the Cornell Athletic Pre-Health Society. He also works in the Erickson Research lab where he researches and develops unique medical diagnostics devices centered around use in limited resource settings. Baba’s passion for social justice, and interactions with diverse peopole and issues led him to become a facilitator for IDP. This semester, he will be facilitating the Nationality section.

Sarah Aiken ’18

College of Human Ecology

Sarah is a Senior Human Development major in the College of Human Ecology with a minor in education. She is an aspiring special education teacher from Chicago. On campus, Sarah is president of Best Buddies, works with a career skills program through BOCES, conducts research at the Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, is a Public Service Scholar, interns for Special Olympics and is a Community Support Companion for a girl with Autism through the Racker Centers. She was also a Summer Teaching Fellow at Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn. Sarah hopes to bring the skills she learns through facilitating to her future classrooms to teach her students about the best way to approach diversity. 

Jonathan Avery ’19

College of Arts and Sciences

Jonathan is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is studying economics and sociology with minors in business and inequality studies. He is very passionate about recognizing and addressing the mechanisms within institutions that perpetuate inequalities and oppression of underrepresented groups. Wherever he finds himself professionally, he knows he will continue to seek out these mechanisms in order to initiate change. Jonathan is also a member of the Men’s Varsity Track & Field team as a sprinter. His favorite event is the 200m dash and he has earned several Ivy League awards. As a first time facilitator he is excited to teach, learn, and help communicate across differences.

Caroline Baldwin ’18

College of Human Ecology

Caroline is a Senior Human Development Major with minors in Education, Inequality, and Law & Society. She is interested by context, and understanding why people become who they are and what shapes each of our social and cultural realities. She took IDP in the spring of her sophomore year and has been involved in the program since, facilitating two race dialogues and as a member of the research team. She has a passion for working with children, and hopes to one day be involved in education. 

Elizabeth Cavic ’19

College of Human Ecology

Elizabeth is a senior in the College of Human Ecology. She studies Human Development with a concentration in Social and Personality Development and a passion for relationship and attachment science! When she is not facilitating IDP, she is involved in Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, two research labs in the Human Development department, the LGBT Resource Center, and works as a barista in an on-campus coffee shop. Being mixed race and queer, she grew up surrounded by a family that was half Afro-Latinx and half Eastern European. This made the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality something she thought about often. After several conversations with former IDP students who attested to the life-changing impacts of the class, Elizabeth decided that this program was something she was extremely interested in getting involved with!

Jenna Chong ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Inspired by a impromptu 4 hour conversation with Amiri, Jenna took IDP in Spring ’16 and fell in love with the course. She has a passion for connecting with and connecting different groups of people, an excitement for different perspectives and a love for education. As a twin, she loves using IDP to compare her experiences with her twin’s and honestly wondering “what went wrong or right?” On campus, Jenna is President of AIESEC Cornell, Vice President of Life Changing Labs and a research assistant in two labs.

Tenzin Dechen ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Born in Nepal and raised in New York, Tenzin is a senior studying Biology and Society in the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She took the diability dialogue in her sophomore year and became a facilitator in her junior year as a SES dialogue facilitator. On campus, Tenzin is part of Engaged Leadership and Tibet Initiative at Cornell. To name a few, Tenzin is passionate about educational inequality, women’s rights and prison reform. She looks forward to her final year at Cornell, doing what she loves most: IDP!

Veronica Dickson ’19

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Hi! My name is Vero and I am a junior studying Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in China and Asia-Pacific Studies. I have been involved in the IDP program as a student in the gender dialogue, and I have since then facilitated the socioeconomic and race dialogues. On campus, I am a member of Hearsay A Capella, The Roosevelt Institute and have recently taken on a position as Fundraising Director for Anabel’s Grocery. Right now I live in Scarsdale, NY but love to visit my family in Buenos Aires and Bogota whenever possible. IDP has been an integral aspect of my time at Cornell and I am thrilled to return in the fall as a facilitator once more.

Lara Fayyaz ’19

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Lara Fayyaz is a third time facilitator, previously having taught two gender dialogues. She’s a Communication major concentrating in Social Persuasion and INfluence and minoring in English and Education. Outside of IDP, Lara is the Community Outreach Chair of the intersectional feminist club, The F-Word. She’s excited to be returning as a facilitator this semester and returning to the IDP office in the CCC!

Veronica Freyvert ’18

College of Human Ecology

Veronica joined IDP as a student fall ’16 and has been facilitating each semester since. When she in not in class, you can find her working at Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca as a caseworker, or at her cozy apartment cooking while watching Netflix. As a senior in the College of Human Ecology, studying human development and minoring in education, Veronica is more than excited to use the skills she has developed through IDP once she graduates; she will use all that she has learned in IDP to make her future classrooms inclusive and conducive to learning for all of her students. 

Cole Johnston ’20

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A rural Oregonian and first-generation college student, Cole is a sophomore studying International Agriculture and Rural Development. As a first-time facilitator, he is excited to both participate in a program of restorative justice and explore his privilege through the lens of gender. On campus, he is actively involved in his social fraternity as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair, and has served on the executive board of Cornell Collegiate FFA. Last summer, he served as a Youth Outreach and Education Intern through the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center. He looks forward to contributing to a positive campus culture and creating a difference, one student at a time. 

Marquan Jones ’20

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Marquan is a sophomore in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is dedicated to pursuing a career in food justice and its intersection with race and law. He is currently working towards a degree in Development Sociology with minors in the fields of Business, Inequality Studies, and Food Systems. Marquan is the co-president of the social justice fashion magazine Collective X, the former freshmen representative of Black Students United, is currently a Residential Advisor for Ujamaa Residential College, and a member of Cornell’s Varsity Football Team. Marquan notes that facilitating for IDP since his freshman spring has been his most pivotal experience at Cornell thus far. IDP has allowed him to broaden his social justice lens and network with diverse communities on campus. 

Malia Kennedy ’19

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

All the way from Aurora, Colorado, Malia Kennedy is an Animal Science major on the pre-veterinary track. On campus, she is an undergradute representative for the CALS Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the junior class representative for the CALS Alumni Association Board, the Community Outreach Chair for the B.O.S.S. Peer Mentorship Program and a residential advisor in Mary Donlon Hall. Malia has always been intrigued by the wondorous IDP and its popular credentials around campus. She is looking forward to her first time in the program ever as a facilitator this coming semester.

Marisa Knox ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Born and raised in Memphis, TN. I come from a city highly known for its music and BBQ, but also its involvement in civil rights movement. Participating in the Race Dialogue (Fall’15) opened my mind to the topic of social identity, and to the power and privileges I posses. I gained a more detailed understanding of the teachings and methods of IDP when I enrolled in Advanced Intergroup dialogue (Spr’16). As a TA I bring both perspectives and continue to grow as a teacher and a learner.

Jacob Kuhn ’19

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Jacob is a senior in CALS studying Landscape Architechture. On campus he is a Residential Advisor in Risley Hall, a member of Ordinary People Social Justice Theater Troupe, and a part of the Global Citizenship and Sustainability Program. He is passionate about discovering the intersection between Landscape Architechture and social justice, ensuring that designed public spaces are equitable, inclusive, and accessible to all. Jacob hopes to use what he has learned as an IDP facilitator to continue having dialogues about identity and inclusion in his professional career. 

Luey MacLean ’18

College of Engineering

Luey, a new facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Project, is incredibly excited to be getting further involved with the project after taking a race Dialogue this past spring. She is a senior studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering, while also pursuing the Dyson Business minor. She is an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Applied Engineering Physics department as well as a lead software engineer for the Cornell Autonomous Sailboat Project Team. Luey is also involved with the club sports community as Cornell as a member of the Cornell Women’s Rugby Football Club and a captain of the Cornell Women’s Club Lacrosse team. Finally, she holds an officer position in her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, which she aims to use as an agent of change within the Greek community. Luey is eager to learn more about dialogue and privilege as a facilitator and to continue the work she is so passionate about.  

Mané Mehrabyan ’18

College of Human Ecology 

Mané was born in Armenia and grew up in Ithaca, yet going to Cornell where she interacted with the many passionate, diverse, beautiful people was what changed her like. Mané wants to fix wicked world problems through design and systems thinking so she is studying Design and Environmental Analysis. Yet after she became a TA in the Cornell Prison Education Program as a junior and then did theatre and self discovery with a group of incarcerated men in the Phoenix Players Theatre Group, she realized that solving complex issues like mass incarceration on a systems level also requires discovering the complex socializations and prejudices inside oneself. That is why she will always welcome the opportunity to lead a group of people through a journey (sprinkling that journey with as much fun and humanity as possible), into the worlds of their complex galaxies.  

Mia Mishaan ’19

College of Engineering

Mia is a new facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Project from Miami. She is a junior in the Chemical Engineering department in the College of Engineering. She is an undergraduate researcher in the Clancy lab doing computational research into perovskite solar cells. As a Latina first generation college student, Mia is active in the Diversity Programs in Engineering office. Specifically she is a Ryan Scholar, a participant in the CUEmpower mentorship program, and an e-board member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. After taking an IDP race dialogue during her sophomore year, she is excited to learn more about dialogue as a facilitator.  

Nathaniel Pineda ’18

College of Arts and Sciences

Nathaniel, an enthusiastic first-time facilitator, is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying English, however, he’s also on the pre-medical track, aspiring to be an osteopathic pediatrician. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the better out of the 5 boroughs, however his family is from Quisqueya, or present day Dominican Republic. On campus, he is involved with Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (SWAG), Black Bio-Medical & Technical Association (BBMTA), the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and he’s also the President of MALIK Fraternity, Incorporated–an Afro-Indigienous organization on campus that is socially conscious, holds cultural pride in Africa, and acknowledges the Afro-Latino contributions to western civilization. His passion for social justice and communicating across differences is exemplified through the IDP platform. When not in class, he’s in the Latino Living Center (LLC), where he also serves as one of the residential advisors (RA). You can also find him at Africana Library throughout the week, so be sure to stop by, and read a book or two. 

Shaibyaa Rajbhandari ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Shaibyaa is a Senior in CALS studying International Development. She is from Kathmandu, Nepal, and is really passionate about bridging the gap between the financial secvices industry and the development sector, through social entrepreneurship. Her passion led her to found two social impact organizations called Utthan and Patuka, through which she has launched and invested in income generating projects in rural Nepal. On campus Shaibyaa has served as the President of Forte Cornell, Project Manager for Social Business Consulting, and VP of Development for CUABS. She is also a member of the Convocation Committee for the Class of 2018. As a first time facilitator, she hopes to play a role in helping people celebrate diversity of thoughts at Cornell. 

Alfie Rayner ’20

College of Architecture, Art and Planning

Alice (Alfie) is a junior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning majoring in Urban and Regional Studies. They are interested in methods of community development and participatory governance. They hope to use dialogue as a tool to create spaces where community members can advocate for their needs while critically reflecting on the power dynamics that exist within their community. They also hope to infiltrate dialogue into the public sector work to make local government learn to care about listening to the people affected by their decisions. This will be their first semester involved in IDP!

Zachary Schapiro ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Zach is a first-time facilitator, having previously taken a gender dialogue in Spring 2017. He’s a Senior in CALS studying Applied Economics and Management concentrating in Finance and Business Analytics. Outside of IDP, Zach hosts a radio show on WVBR 93.5FM and is the President of the Delta Tau Delta chapter on campus. He’s excited to continue teaching and learning with the IDP team this semester. 

Jamal Starling ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Jamal is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences studying Nutritional Science. He is also on the pre-med track. Jamal joined IDP because off his love of the course. The opportunity it provided for him to grow as a person inspired him to actually facilitate a class so he could help others grow as well. On campus, Jamal is Vice President of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Co-Founder/Student Life Chair of the Transfer Student Organization, a mentor for Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate, a member of the Pre-Professional Program, and most of all a dedicated student! He plans on getting his Masters in Health Administration here at Cornell after he graduates and later go on to Medical School.

Irving Torres ’18

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Irving is a senior in the School of Industrial Relations with minors in Theater, Latina/o Studies, and plans to declare a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. An actor, playwright, and proud first generation Latino, Irving is passionate about connecting with people via theater and seeks to elevate people of color and Latinx stories on American stages. He is a first time IDP facilitator, and is excited to help build communication across identities in pursuit of social justice.

Dylan Van Duyne ’18

College of Arts and Sciences

Dylan Van Duyne is a Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in Spanish and Psychology and a minor in Global Health. He is an aspiring pediatric psychiatrist from suburban Philadelphia. On campus, he works as a tour guide, an instructor for outdoor education, a spinning instructor, and a teaching assistant for the Cornell Prison Education Program. He is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, Alpha Phi Omega, an ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences and the President of Colleges Against Cancer. Dylan hopes that he can bring many of the tools acquired from facilitating with him as he pursues his passions in the medical field.

Alexis Wilson ’19

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Alexis Wilson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is an Environmental Science and Sustainability major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, concentrating in Biogeochemistry, with a minor in Climate Change. Aligning with her interest in the environment, she is an active member of the campus organization, The Society for Natural Resource Conservation. Additionally, she is a Hunter Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar, through which she conducts research in the Fahey-Yavitt laboratory. She is also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. Her involvement in the Intergroup Dialogue Project, both as a participant and facilitator, has opened her eyes to important aspects of society previously unexplored and she hopes to continue her work towards social justice will into the future. In the future she plans to pursure a PhD in the environmental sciences and have a career conducting research on Climate Change. 


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