Facilitators

Current Facilitators 

In Fall 2017, we’re offering 12 dialogues across 5 topics: Race, Gender, Socioeconomic Status (SES), Sexual Orientation, and, for the first time, Nationality!

Baba Adejuyigbe ’18

College of Human Ecology

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

Caroline Baldwin ’18

College of Human Ecology

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

Cole Johnston ’20

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Marquan Jones ’20

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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 

Luey MacLean ’18

College of Engineering 

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

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

Zachary Schapiro ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Jamal Starling ’18

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

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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