Faculty and Staff

Adi Grabiner-Keinan, Ph.D.


Instructor for EDUC 2610, EDUC 4980 and Co-Instructor for NBA 6870

As the director of IDP Adi develops a variety of structured processes and programs for students, faculty, and staff, that foster communication across difference and influence campus climate. She leads the expansion of IDP in a direction that supports the evolving needs of the University and provides strategic guidance to the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education on the development and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programs. Adi is also a member of the University Diversity Council (UDC), which is responsible for implementation of and accountability on diversity and inclusion initiatives campus-wide. Adi’s doctoral research examined the Israeli Left and political activism in Israel/Palestine. As a graduate student at Cornell University, she taught classes on the politics of protest and issues related to social justice. Before coming to Cornell she served as the Academic Administrator for Experiential Learning at Brandeis University, where she worked with faculty to incorporate experiential learning and reflective practice into their courses, and created opportunities for students to construct knowledge from direct experience. Her experience at the Branco Weiss Institute for the Development of Thinking (an Israeli educational NGO) allowed her to work with teenagers and educators from different social and cultural backgrounds in Israel. She developed educational programs for at-risk high school students and led multicultural teams of educators to implement them nationwide. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University, her M.A. in Cultural Production from Brandeis University and her B.A. in History from Tel Aviv University.

Email: ag649@cornell.edu

Rachel Sumner, Ph.D.

Associate Director 

After completing her B.A. at William Smith College Rachel worked as a research assistant on a longitudinal study testing a social psychological intervention aimed at reducing the racial achievement gap in middle school. Rachel completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Cornell with a dissertation exploring the development of purpose in life and identity among college students and adults. Rachel then spent a year doing research and evaluation at a nonprofit organization, supporting after-school program providers in New York City, Newark, and Las Vegas in their efforts to use data in goal-setting and decision-making processes. In 2016 Rachel returned to Cornell as a postdoctoral associate in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. In that role she collaborated with researchers and youth work practitioners to investigate how youth programs promote adolescents cultivating their own identities and purpose. In January 2017 Rachel participated in the second IDP session for graduate/professional students and postdocs, after which she served as a co-facilitator and coach assisting with IDP’s offerings for Cornell students, faculty, and staff. 

Email: ras525@cornell.edu

Alex Brown, M.A.

Assistant Director

Instructor for EDUC 2610 & 4980

Alex completed his MA in Germanic Studies at Cornell, where he is ABD in the graduate program. Alex’s theoretical interests include critical race, gender, queer, and postcolonial studies with a focus on the role of state and institutional bureaucracies in enforcing social norms. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Alex studied French- and German-language literature and music, focusing on drama, poetry, and opera. Alex participated in the first IDP session for graduate students in Summer 2016 at Cornell, having received training in intergroup relations as an undergraduate resident advisor at the University of Michigan. Alex gained additional experience in intercultural education through international programs in France and Germany, particularly while teaching English in Germany on a Fulbright grant in 2012-2013. As a resident of the Telluride House at Cornell, Alex further developed his facilitation practice in a supportive environment of diverse, collegial scholars.

Email: asb348@cornell.edu

Jazlin Gomez, M.P.A.

Student Engagement Coordinator 

Jazlin was first introduced to IDP five years ago, as a sophomore here at Cornell, and since then has been a facilitator, coach, curriculum developer, and constant learner and teacher in the engaging and complex work of intergroup dialogue. Jazlin studied inequality through majors in Sociology, English, and Performing and Media Arts as an undergraduate, and continued her studies in Human Rights and Social Justice throughout the MPA program at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. Recently, she had the opportunity to work with the Office of Engagement Initiatives to help develop and support their capstone dialogue course focused on engaged leadership. Jazlin is ecstatic about her new position in IDP, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with student leaders to engage their communities in the process of dialogue.

Email: jmg495@cornell.edu

Natasha Steinhall, B.S.

Program Assistant 

Natasha completed her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell, where she first discovered the Intergroup Dialogue Project in her senior year. She went on to facilitate the course and continued to be involved with the program after she graduated. Natasha serves as the point of contact for program and course management. Prior to her return to IDP, Natasha volunteered as a tutor with Tompkins Learning Partners, helping ESL students prepare for their U.S. citizenship tests. Having undergone the transformative experience that is intergroup dialogue first-hand, there is nowhere else Natasha would rather be working. 

Email: nms68@cornell.edu