Spring 2018 Facilitators

In Spring 2018, we’re offering 13 dialogues across 5 topics: Race, Gender, Socioeconomic Status (SES), Sexual Orientation, and Nationality!

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 second 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 three 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. 

Katie Barajas ’21

College of Engineering

Raised in sunny California to parents of Mexican and Nicaraguan descent, Katie is a freshman in the College of Engineering studying electrical and computer engineering. On campus, she is involved with Cornell Tradition and Baja Racing. She took IDP during her first semester at Cornell and is continuing with the program as a first time facilitator because it opened her eyes to the state of gender in society. She can’t wait to facilitate this semester!

Sofya Calvin ’19

College of Engineering

Sofya is a junior in Electrical and Computer Engineering intersted in pursuing a career in energy, more specifically regarding renewable energy, (smart) power grids, and energy storage. She hopes to one day bridge her technical skills with her political knowledge and work to shape the future of energy policy as she believes that energy policy can be used as a mechanism to mediate many social and economic issues in America. Sofya is incredibly excited to be facilitating for the first time this semester and is eager to work alongside her peers in IDP to combat socially constructed oppression both on campus and beyond. 

Thomas Chen ’19

College of Arts and Sciences

Tom is a Junior in the College of Arts & SCiences and is pursuing a Computer Science Major and a minor in Education. He is from Westford, MA, a suburb outside of Boston. Outside of classes, he is a brother in Alpha Phi Omega and a pseudo-member of Cornell Bhangra. He also is a big fan of calisthenics and music. This semester will be his first time facilitating and he looks forward to this semester!

Prachi Dutta PhD Candidate

College of Engineering

Prachi is a PhD candidate in the College of Engineering. She has always been fascinated by the universe and aspired to work for NASA one day. This drove her to move to the US two years ago to study Aerospace Systems at Cornell. She is currently working with NASA on a project which involves designing a framework for remote sensing and earth observation constellation mission analysis. Growing up in a country with one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, she has actively promoted the importance of education in uplifting societies. In the past, she has been a member of various organizations that educate people about social injustices, environmental issues and freethought. This is her first time facilitating. She is excited to be a part of IDP and looks forward to talking about a topic she is passionate about – making the world a better place for everyone!

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. 

Christian Hall ’20

School of Hotel Administration

Christian is a sophomore Hotelie minoring in Real Estate. He is from Scottsdale, Arizona. A first-time facilitator, he is excited to grow and contribute this semester. His passion for people drew him to IDP, where he quickly fell in love with the course’s deep and meaningful sessions. Christian hopes to leverage the skills he has/will learn through IDP to help create a more equitable environment within the hospitality community. Outside of class, he is a member of the Cornell Alpine Ski Team, co-facilitates the Cornell LGBT Business Alliance, curates wine for the Hotel Ezra Cornell conference, passionately serves guests at Taverna Banfi, and mentors youth in Arizona and Ithaca. 

Clinton Ikioda ’19

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Clinton is a junior Biology & Society major with a minor in Education and Business for Life Sciences. He was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, but currently lives in Queens, NY. After taking the course last fall and falling in love with it, Clinton decided to become a facilitator because he saw the need for a course such as IDP to continue. As a person passionate about promoting social justice, Clinton seeks to find ways to dismantle the power of oppression on marginalized groups, especially within the education system. On campus, you can find him working at the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, a current Resident Advisor in Mews Hall, a scholar in the P3 (Pre-Professional Program), and a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Sociaty. Clinton’s main passion is to work within the education system in America, mitigating the achievement gap and ensuring low-income minority students have the necessary resources needed to succeed. With this passion in mind, Clinton hopes to teach in low-income schools post-graduation and later pursue a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Education degree. As a first-time facilitator, he hopes to be a teacher and a learner and continue to get comfortable talking across differences.  

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 facilitating for a second time this semester. 

Sydney Mann ’18

College of Arts and Sciences

 Sydney is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in American Studies with a focus in Media and Society with an English minor. Sydney aspires to work in political communications and possibly broadcast in the future. On campus, Sydney is the Public Relations Chair of her all female a capella group, Nothing But Treble, involved with Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, and is an Arts and Sciences Ambassador. Sydney has previously facilitated two race dialogues and is now facilitating nationality. She is passionate about social justice work and hopes to utilize the skills she learns from IDP to combat the oppressive socialization that occurs from inequitable media representation of multiple identities. 

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.  

Mary Melati ’18

College of Arts and Sciences 

Mary is Indonesian, but she grew up all over the world – Indonesia, Australia, Maryland, New York, and Fiji. She is a senior studying Biological Sciences with minors in Infectious Diseases and Asian American Studies. On campus she does research with the Roberston Infant Lab and has many leadership roles on campus, especially as a Student Advisor for the Office of Undergraduate Biology, a Trip Leader for Alternative Breaks, and a senior member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the pre-med pre-professional fraternity. She also volunteers with Cornell Catholic and Bright Horizons Day Care. Outside of campus, she is heavily involved with the Ithaca Free Clinic. Through the Gender IDP section in Fall 2017, she deepened her self-awareness and understanding of social justice. She looks forward to helping others develop their dialogue skills in Cornell and beyond. 

Kumar Nandanampati ’20

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Kumar is a sophomote majoring in Information Science and minoring in Computer Science. On campus, he is involved with the South Asian Council, Hindu Students at Cornell, the Cornell Hedge Fund, and Pi Sigma Epsilon. Even though Kumar has only been in one IDP so far, the program has helped Kumar value the importance of dialogue over debate and has shown him how dialogue can be used as a tool to elicit social change. He is SO excited to continue learning from everyone else in this program and bring back what he learns to his family and friends. 

Nicole Oliveira ’20

College of Arts and Sciences

Nicole is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is in the American Studies Program with minors in Education, Inequality, and Portuguese and Brazilian studies. As a first-generation and working-class student, Nicole is passionate avout labor and worker’s rights, especially within underrepresented communities. She is active in the Cornell Organization for Labor Action (COLA) and is a regional organizer with United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), the nation’s largest student-led labor organization. She also enjoys putting on educational events for the co-op she lives in on campus. In her free time, Nicole is watching TC, dancing, or in the darkroom. She took IDP in the fall of her sophomore year and is looking forward to learning with a  new group of students.

Ikenna Onyekwere ’19

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ikenna is a Biological Sciences major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, concentrating in Computational Biology. Having attended community college, Ikenna has an interest in creating access to education for all people. Through the campus organization Students Onto Scholars, he volunteers as an Achievement Coach at the Greater Ithaca Activity Center, helping underrepresented students develop their literacy skills and understanding of math concepts. Outside of class, Ikenna also performs research on the mechanisms of bacterial antibiotic resistance in Doerr Lab. 

Morgan Palmiter ’18

College of Arts and Sciences

Morgan is a senior the College of Arts & Sciences studying Government, with minors in Law & Society and Inequality Studies. She aspires to attend law school and work in Civil Rights Law advocating against the perpetuation of discrimination and injustice. On campus she is involved with the Meinig Cornell Family National Scholars, CU IMAGE, Phi Alpha Delta, and the University Hearing and Review Board. She holds two jobs at the Africana Studies and Research Center, and as the Cornell in Washington Student Ambassador. As this is her first semester as a facilitator, she is excited to invoke a passion for social justice in others, and to foster an open and empathetic dialogue. 

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 second semester involved in IDP!

Marc-Anthony Rodriguez ’18

College of Human Ecology 

Marc-Anthony is a senior in the college of Human Ecology, studying Human Biology, Health, and Society. On campus he is a resident advisor in Clara Dickson Hall, a course assistant for a general chemistry support course, and a member of Phi Delta Epsilon the premedical fraternity. Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, he aspires to be a physician, who will work to better the health of the community in which he will serve. Before going to medical school, he will be teaching special education in Buffalo, New York with Teach for America, where he hopes to make a small step in addressing disparities in education and learn how to work with a community. Having taken IDP this past semester, he is excited to learn more and become better at communicating across difference and share what he has learned already as a facilitator. 

Calvin Schuster ’19

College of Arts and Sciences 

Calvin is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Sharon, MA who is majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Creative Writing. He works in the Kotlikoff Lab on genetics research and works as a Student Assistant in Becker House. He is also a Biology Student Advisor and the head organizer of the Biology Service Leaders. He is most proud of co-founding and leading transitioning at Cornell (TAC) to help transgender students tranisitioning on campus. After graduation Calvin plans on taking a gap year to work on clinical hematology research in Boston, and then he hopes to attend medical school. He had a great experience with IDP last semester, and looks forward to facilitating a section this semester!

Sarene Shaked ’18

College of Arts and Sciences

Sarene is a Social Psychology major studying human judgement and decision making and how cognitive biases manifest in the social world. With a love of travel and spending time outdoors, she aspires to backpack over every continent of the world, spreading open-minded ideas and bridging cultural barriers. Sarene participated in a gender dialogue and found her passion for psychology, social justice and relationship-building intersected within the class. She is excited to facilitate another IDP and learn more about dialogue, other people and her own social identity. 

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.


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.

Matti Yarn ’18

College of Arts and Sciences

Matti is a senior English major in the College of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Creative Writing. They are working toward being a published novelist; they aspire to write fantasy and magical realism novels for children. They also enjoy writing poetry that helps them process the way they see the world and brings their experiences to others working through similar issues, including mental health. They have been a part of the Ordinary People Social Justice Troupe since their freshman year, performed in two Tapestry Orientation programs, and facilitated post-show discussions; they continue to be an actor, writer, and facilitator for the troupe. Matti hopes to use the skills and experiences from this troupe as an IDP facilitator and have meaningful conversations that will further both their and their students’ understanding of the world and its people. 


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