Former Facilitators

Samiah Adams ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Samiah was an Interdisciplinary Major in CALs with focus areas in photography, writing and inequality studies. Samiah previously took IDP and this facilitated twice. She is more enthusiastic about the process every time! In her free time, Samiah can be found cooking, being lazy with friends and dancing.

John “J.W.” Allen ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

John “J.W.” Allen studied Agricultural Sciences and Applied Economics and Management.  With a Bachelor Degree of Science in May of 2016, J.W. plans to return home to Belleville, New York as a partner in his family’s sanitation business.  On campus J.W. is the current Vice-President of Recruitment for Sigma Phi Epsilon New York Beta and the Vice-President on the Student Management Corporation Executive Board.  In his community he serves as the Vice-President of the Belleville Henderson Board of Education.  J.W. also served as the New York State FFA President in 2012.  In his free time he enjoys being outside, playing and watching sports, and most importantly spending time with his family.   J.W.’s interest in Intergroup Dialogue peaked when a fellow student recommended it to him, knowing his passion and commitment to public education in the United States.  His particular concentrations lie within the effects that race, gender, and social economic class have on the level of education one receives.  J.W. is a firm believer in diversifying ones education, sharing experiences on personal levels, and highly recommends this course to all undergraduates at Cornell.

Amiri Banks ’17

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

With the ultimate goal of being happy, I try to dabble in anything which contributes to that goal. I may accomplish this by exploring my all-consuming passion for nature and life through inquiry. I’m also fond of using the power of organizations to ensure that less blessed individuals can find success in this world. I am a researcher by convention and an aspiring writer at heart. Like the educators who have come before me, both formal and personal, I wish to use any means necessary to make the paths of others positive and meaningful. I engross myself in the advising of others, whether by facilitation of conversation through classes that I TA or helping my Biology advisees plan their schedule. I want to see other human beings flourish as multifaceted individuals, which has led me to leadership and learning opportunities I did not expect. I plan to reciprocate the good fortune shown me, paying it forward to others, for the rest of my life.

Aditi Bhowmick ’16

College of Arts & Sciences

Aditi was an Economics and Government Major with a keen interest in International Development Policy. She wants to ultimately make meaningful policy contributions focusing on empowering women in developing countries through education reform. Apart from her love for international relations, political economy and learning from Cornell’s exceptional faculty, she is an ardent writer. She has been writing a column for the Cornell Daily Sun for the past four years. She firmly believes she is extremely fortunate as she has some of the most inspiring family and friends in her life. She is also glad she got involved with the Inter-group Dialogue family before it was too late and is convinced this is one of the best things she has done with her time at Cornell. In boarding school, she was taught that “Aarta Shanti Phala Vidya” which is a Sanskrit saying meaning the purpose of education is to uplift others, and there is no better way to do that than committing to the Intergroup Dialogue Project.

Courtney Bolden ’17

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Courtney’s interest in social identities and social justice stems from her upbringing in a major city. She is most interested in the intersection between race and education. On campus, Courtney is involved in the Political Action Committee, which has most recently worked on fighting for prison divestment. She enjoys traveling, reading, and sports.

Talia Brecher ’16

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Talia graduated from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations with two minors in Inequality Studies and in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has an interest in pursuing education reform related to closing achievement gaps and inequalities in primary schools. She has previously participated in research projects surrounding the gendered division of labor and care amongst union members, and the awareness of sexual assault on college campuses. When she’s not dialoguing, Talia can usually be found outside on a hike or walking a dog.

Taylor Heaton Crisologo ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Taylor Heaton Crisologo is a senior double majoring in Biological Sciences and Animal Science. She is an aspiring biologist, focusing specifically on animal behavior and ecology. Her past projects have involved looking at the breeding behavior of gulls on an island off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire, and studying the function of the vocal mimicry of Superb Lyrebirds in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Taylor is passionate about education and engaging in dialogue about how science intersects with various social identities. Her involvement ranges from leading a 4-H science program for kids in Tompkins County, holding the position of Education Director for the Cornell Raptor Program, her past position as Student Ambassador for Shoals Marine Laboratory, and her Fellowship with the Biology Research Fellowship for minority scientists. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys hiking, reading, and yoga.

Leticia Collado ’17

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Leticia Collado is currently studying Animal Science, with a concentration on Behavioral Husbandry, and Education here at Cornell. She is interested in education, general ethology, human & animal rights, and research. Leticia works as a research assistant for Ophir’s Lab, working with Giant African Pouched Rats that identify landmines. With an Interest in teaching STEM subjects, she wishes to teach at the high school level when she graduates Cornell. She wishes to focus on the achievement gap in the public school system because of the lack of opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds in the STEM fields. Some of her extracurriculars include being part of the Chemistry Fraternity here on campus (Alpha Chi Sigma), tutoring at the Knights Institute, and being a TA for Intergroup Dialogue Project. Her interest for TAing for EDUC 2610 came with a passion for social justice after a few microaggressive experiences on campus – she quickly realized how necessary the dialogues that IDP offer are on our diverse campus. The issues touched during IDP are close to her heart as a low-income, woman of color.

Veronica Dickson ’18

 School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Veronica Dickson is an undergrad in the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University and is also pursuing a minor in China and Asia-Pacific Studies. On campus, she is the President of Hearsay A Cappella, an all-female group, she is a Center Director for Energy and Environmental Policy at the student-run think tank The Roosevelt Institute.  She has a weekly radio show on Fridays at CornellRadio.com. Outside of school, she works with the Roosevelt Institute national staff as the External Engagement Coordinator for the Lower Northeast. She is also a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women. Veronica lives in Scarsdale, New York but loves to visit her family in Buenos Aires and Bogota whenever possible.

Amy ElSayed 16

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Amy ElSayed graduated from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Law and Society and Inequality Studies. She serves as both Recruitment and Retention and Public Relations Chair of her sorority, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., and as a Residential Advisor at the Latino Living Center. When Amy is not doing work involving community engagement and outreach, you can find her at Cornell Career Services, where she works as a Student Assistant. Amy’s first experience with The Intergroup Dialogue Project came in the Spring of 2014, when she enrolled in a Friday gender dialogue. The course taught her how dialogue can sculpt and enhance perspectives on identities and society alike, and she decided it was her turn to guide students through the IDP experience. Amy hopes that her work as a facilitator encourages her peers to question the world around them and creates an environment that stimulates both curiosity and ignites a passion for social justice.

Trenel Francis ’16 

College of Human Ecology

Trenel Francis graduated from the College of Human Ecology studying human development with a minor in education. Originally from Staten Island, NY, and the daughter of West Indian immigrants, she takes pride in being a first-generation college student. On campus, Trenel is on the executive board of three organizations (Chosen Generation Gospel Choir, Triumphant Praise Dance Troupe, and Advent Christian Fellowship), a Ronald E. McNair scholar, Pre-Professional Program member, and an Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) co-facilitator. Trenel had the pleasure of taking IDP as a participant in the spring of her sophomore year, facilitating a section on race last semester, and now facilitating a section on gender this semester. Trenel has long been interested in issues surrounding education since childhood with a dream of becoming a teacher. She has now since changed her dream slightly as she prepares to start a doctoral program in either Psychology or Education next Fall. Trenel intends to take what she has learned about privilege, power, and oppression in IDP into her graduate study and future career in academia.

Julian Gallo ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Julian Gallo studied Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is from Modesto, California and is involved in a number of organizations both on and off campus. At Cornell, Julian is a three-year letter winner for the Varsity Football team and is in Sigma Nu Fraternity. He has served in various roles for his fraternity, including New Member Educator and President. Off campus, he has spent his past two summers working for a nonprofit in South Africa called OneHeartSource (OHS), which runs mentorship programs for primary school students in disadvantaged communities. Julian’s experience with OHS has had a tremendous impact on him and is what has led him to get involved with Intergroup Dialogue on campus. On the side, Julian is an aspiring singer/songwriter and enjoys performing at local venues in Ithaca.

Angie Garcia ’16

College of Arts & Sciences | Government and Philosophy

Angie graduated from the College of Arts and Science studying Government and Philosophy with a concentration on Law & Society. Angie aspires to be a commercial litigation attorney and is an active participant on the University’s Mock Trial team. In addition, Angie is a Cornell University Abroad Ambassador where she promotes study abroad programs, sharing her experience at the London School of Economics and Political Science with other students. She was a participant in the IDP section on socioeconomic status the fall of her senior year and is now facilitating the race dialogue. She is currently using this experience as a basis for her philosophical research in ethics and social justice.

Jonathan Goldstein ’17

School of Industrial and Labor Relations | College of Arts & Sciences

Jonathan Goldstein is a senior studying Industrial and Labor Relations, Anthropology, and Inequality Studies.  On campus, he serves as President of Cornell Union for Disability Awareness, President of Delta Alpha Pi, an international disability honor society, and serves on the Student Assembly Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  He is also a Public Service Scholar. He firmly believes that dialogue helps to bring different groups of people together and is very excited to participate in this process again.

Allison Grant ’15

College of Human Ecology

Allison graduated from the College of Human Ecology. She is a Human Development major and hopes to pursue a career in Medicine. On campus, Allison served as the Co-President of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team, is a dedicated member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, and enjoys participating in the public service club Cornell University Deaf Awareness Project, as well as the Cornell Elderly Partnership. She also served as the President of her sorority as a sophomore. Allison was in the religion dialogue as a junior and is excited to be facilitating the gender dialogue this semester. She had a wonderful experience in EDUC 2610 that augmented her passion for dialogue and social justice. As a facilitator, she hoped to set a foundation for current and future dialogue students to have a similar inspiring experience.

Garrett Heller ’17

College of Human Ecology | Human Development

Garrett Heller (Teaching Assistant, Workshop Coordinator, Conference Coordinator) is a recent Cornell graduate, having received his B.S. in Human Development in December 2016. As a student of Intergroup Dialogue in Fall 2015, Garrett participated in a section focused on sexual orientation, and then would later facilitate a race dialogue and then a socioeconomic status dialogue. Intergroup Dialogue Project has been a transformative experience for Garrett, challenging him to be critical of the both the social systems and the self and offering improved communication skills, empathy, and confidence that are assets in every domain of life. Garrett would love to pursue a legal education after Cornell, but knows that whatever is next, he will be better for having been involved in IDP. He is absolutely honored to be spending this semester growing in new ways through IDP and hopefully helping the program to do the same.

Emma Johnston ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | College of Arts & Sciences

Emma is from the SF Bay Area who studied Government & Natural Resources. She is the co-founder of Anabel’s Grocery, a student-run grocery store that aims to address food insecurity by making fresh, affordable food and cooking classes available to all students. Emma serves on the Student Assembly as Executive VP, and brought together 40 sustainability clubs to found the Environmental Collaborative (ECO), Cornell’s first formal environmental council. For fun, Emma enjoys cooking for others, running outside, coffee, and self-deprecating humor. As a first-time facilitator, she is humbled by the opportunity to learn from her peers in her final semester. After she graduates, she hopes to devote her life to furthering social and environmental justice through law and policy.

Aaron Hancock ’15

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Aaron studied Applied Economics and Management with a concentration in Finance. He is passionate about Cornell’s Black community and the safe space it creates for many students as a home away from home. On campus, he was a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and an executive board member of Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (SWAG). Aaron believes that Intergroup Dialogue is an excellent exercise in introspection, which he sees as a key skill in growing and maturing as a young adult.

Doneisha King ’17

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | College of Arts & Sciences

Doni is a seniorstudent studying Animal Science and Education. Her studies focus on wildlife conservation, animal reproduction, and informal education. At Cornell Doni works as a fitness monitor for Cornell Fitness Centers and a program assistant for the Multicultural Living Learning Unit inside Clara Dickson Hall.  She also participants on the House Council of her dorm and is the social chair for Northeast Ohio at Cornell University, a student organization created to connect current Cornell students from Northeast Ohio to the alumni network and prospective students from Northeast Ohio to current Cornell students. Her interest in facilitating EDUC 2610 arose from the lack of dialogic spaces available to people in STEM fields. Being one of the only voices to address instances of discrimination in her STEM classes caused her to want to enhance her skills in transforming these spaces into spaces in which people can engage in dialogue.

Elana Kuppermann ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Elana graduated from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, studying Communication and pursuing a minor in Law and Society. On campus, Elana participates in community outreach projects with Cornell Hunger Relief, as well as serves as a co-chair for the Standards Board of her sorority. Elana has a passion for social justice and feels incredibly fortunate to have found Cornell’s Intergroup Dialogue Project during her sophomore year. As a student, Elana participated in a gender dialogue, and since then has facilitated a Socioeconomic Status dialogue once and is excited to be doing so again. IDP was an incredible experience for Elana that expanded her drive to be an ally for social justice. As a facilitator, she is excited to help other members of the Cornell community understand identity, social justice, and dialogue skills. Elana hopes that current and future students learn as much about themselves and others during the Intergroup Dialogue Process as she did.

Sarah Joseph Kurien

Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Sarah graduated from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, where she is pursuing a concentration in Economic and Financial Policy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Cornell Policy Review.  Prior to Cornell, Sarah worked with gender and sexual rights non-profits in India and in the US on strategic communications and development. In addition, she served as a board member of SALGA-NYC, one of the country’s oldest organizations serving LGBTQ South Asian and Caribbean folks. She is invested in intersectional community, and in building a world that is welcoming and supportive of all people – particularly those who are so often ignored in policy advocacy and implementation. Sarah is excited to be facilitating an Intergroup Dialogue Project class on race this semester – and to be a co-conspirator in strengthening and building resistance.

Stephen Masterson ’16

College of Arts & Sciences | History

Stephen graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in History and minoring in Near Eastern Studies. He wants to pursue a career in some facet of Middle Eastern studies, whether it’s through education, law, or policy making. Stephen was a student in the Gender section of the Intergroup Dialogue Project in his sophomore year, an experience that changed his life. This is now his third time facilitating for IDP, his previous sections being Religion and Socio-Economic Status. Outside of IDP, Stephen is an active member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, of which he was the Social Chairman in his junior year. He also works part-time as a legal assistant at Shaw & Murphy Law Firm in downtown Ithaca, acting mainly as a liaison between the firm and its many Greek Life clients. When he has free time, Stephen enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels, playing intramural sports, and dancing at music festivals with his friends.

Paola Muñoz ’17

College of Human Ecology | Human Development

Paola Muñoz is a senior majoring in Human Development, minoring in English, Education and Inequality Studies, with a concentration in Cognitive Development at Cornell University. She is currently a Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program research scholar. Paola is the co-head of the Advocacy Committee within the Office of Academic Diversity Initiative’s First in Class program. She is also one of four facilitators for the Women/Womyn of Color Support Group, working to foster mental health awareness and self-care within an intimate setting. Outside of Cornell, she’s been the Cornell University’s Head Delegate for the Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown University. Paola has found and projected her voice most notably through writing for the Cornell Daily Sun newspaper as an opinion columnist with over 14 publications, as well as through writing for the Huffington Post where she discusses critically intersectional social justice through a representative narrative approach.

Aaron Ong ’17

College of Architecture, Art & Planning | Urban & Regional Studies

Aaron is a senior majoring in Urban & Regional Studies in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. As a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, he enjoys creating new knowledge through the research process. He is currently studying the controversies surrounding retrofitting neighborhoods with sidewalks, under the supervision of environmental psychologist Prof. Nancy Wells. Hailing from sunny Singapore, the experience of transitioning from being part of the racial majority at home to being a minority in the US was what triggered his initial interest in social identities. Aaron’s previous experience as a facilitator (Gender) was highly fulfilling, and he is beyond excited to be returning to Intergroup Dialogue, to help more peers have the same eye-opening experience.

Sarina Pacifici ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Animal Science

Sarina Pacifici majored in Animal Science. As a naturally introverted person, she was amazed by the effect that structured dialogue in a safe environment had on her communication skills and how it shaped her perspective of the world. She originally enrolled in the Religion dialogue as student, but has since become a facilitator for the Gender dialogue where she hopes to spread the knowledge and skill set that have enabled her to communicate about a variety of (sometimes controversial) topics with people from all walks of life as well as become a better active/empathetic listener.

Caroline Quentin ’16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Caroline graduated from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where she is enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for agricultural education. She enjoys spending time in her garden or the greenhouses on campus. She will be attending Ithaca College for her M.A.T. in education next year.

Kartik Ramkumar ’16

 School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Kartik joined IDP in order to engage with and understand social justice issues at Cornell. He facilitated for gender (Fall ’15) and Race (Spring’ 16). He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works for a supply company. Kartik enjoys volunteering and participating in social justice activities in Cleveland in his spare time.

Aaron Rouser ’15

School of Hotel Administration

Aaron Rouser graduated from the School of Hotel Administration who found his way to dialogue back in Spring 2013. Aaron has a deep passion for social justice, racial and ethnic inequality studies as well as the transformative prowess of dialogue, and he firmly desires that someday IDP can be a mandatory part of every Cornellian’s curriculum. He was born and raised in Chicago and he traveled abroad via the Semester at Sea program which allowed him to comparatively observe the nuances of oppression and socializations in the US versus those internationally. He hungers to learn more about people of all kinds, and he hopes to continue to share dialogue with his friends and family to help everyone live more meaningful and enlightened lives of empathy, equality, and understanding.

Hadar Sachs ’17

College of Architecture, Art & Planning | Urban & Regional Studies

Hadar is an Urban and Regional Studies major with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies. Both within IDP and beyond, Hadar is interested in the ways we communicate difference to come together for a common cause. Whether in a participatory process designing a community space or working with students of differing backgrounds on an executive board, it is integral to understand our unique contributions to a group in order to achieve a particular goal. As a facilitator for a Race Dialogue in Spring 2016, Hadar enjoyed developing and utilizing the IDP language to cross difference productively with her co-facilitator and students. Becoming more adept at communicating aspects of her own identity has proven beneficial in personal, academic and professional realms of her life and she hopes to share that experience with others through continued work in the program.

Marile Schraut ’15

College of Engineering | Materials Science and Engineering

Marile Schraut graduated from the College of Engineering studying Materials Science and Engineering. After graduation, she hopes to get a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and then work for an automotive company developing alternative energy and efficient dynamics technology for passenger cars. On campus, she is the treasurer for Mayor Potencial at Cornell which collaborates with villages in Honduras to improve and provide elementary education. Marile participated in a gender dialogue in the spring of her junior year at the encouragement of a number of friends who described the experience as “life-changing.” Clearly, this was the case as she is now a facilitator for an SES dialogue.

Danielle St.Luce ’16

School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Danielle graduated from the ILR School. When she’s not facilitating IDP, she’s busy with extracurricular activities on campus. She serves as the co-chair of Coalition of Pan-African Scholars, president of Minority Undergraduate Law Society and treasurer of Dance Dance Revolution Club – Cornell. As a quasi-international student, Danielle has had the privilege of experiencing Cornell as both a domestic and international student. She hopes that through IDP she can broaden student’s perspectives on both race and ethnicity. Upon graduation, she plans to move to Miami in order to be closer to her family.

Brittany Sutton ’15

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | AEM

Brittany Sutton graduated from the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management specializing in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She completed an internship with Express Scripts Inc. this past summer in the marketing department and received the highest performance rating possible from her manager. She has also interned for several start up companies in the sales, marketing, and social media departments. At Cornell, Brittany is the VP of the Recruitment for Cornell Current, a club that focuses on analyzing current events and industry trends. Upon graduation, Brittany aspires to work in Brand Management and later earn an MBA.

Alyssa Troutner ’15

College of Human Ecology | Human Biology, Health and Society

Alyssa Troutner graduated from the College of Human Ecology studying Human Biology, Health and Society with the ultimate goal of establishing her own chiropractic practice with a dual degree in clinical nutrition. On campus she is an Activities Director for Cornell University’s chapter of College Mentors for Kids, a selected fellow of the Cornell Tradition, previous appointed officer in her social sorority, Kappa Delta, and member of Mountains for Moms. When she is not working with her organizations, you can find Alyssa at Bear Necessities on North Campus where she is the current Student Manager. Alyssa joined the Intergroup Dialogue Project as a facilitator because the experience has taught her how to keep a broad-mind and positive perspective when working through social justice issues, and is looking forward to this semester’s SES dialogue.

Omoye Usen ’15

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Animal Science

Omoye Usen graduated from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, studying Animal Science and Nutritional Sciences. She served in prior years as a member of the Orientation Steering Committee, and president of the Nigerian Students Association. Now she works as a Diversity Fellow for CALS Admissions Office to ensure and promote a diverse applicant pool for incoming Cornell students. Omoye’s favorite aspect of Intergroup Dialogue is being able to hear various points of views on topics that vary in controversy. Everyone’s story can ultimately lead to awareness of issues otherwise ignored while circumventing ignorance and short-sighted judgement.  More importantly, the class challenges Omoye to think critically and leave her comfort zone when opposing or uncomfortable topics arise. She looks forwards to those moments of temporary conflict  because that’s when the learning begins!

Ryan Vega ’18 

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 semester as a participant in the Gender section and enjoyed the experience so much she decided to become a facilitator. Besides facilitating IDP, 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.

Marlana Zink ’17

College of Architecture, Art & Planning | Urban & Regional Studies

Marlana is a senior majoring in Urban and Regional Studies in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, interested in how community and the education system can be used to improve well-being, particularly in youth. Growing up exposed to starkly different races, religions, socioeconomic classes, and environments urged her to consider the significance of identity from a young age. Participating in the Intergroup Dialogue Project first as a participant in an SES dialogue and now as a facilitator of a gender dialogue gave her the means to explore identity in even more depth from both an academic and interpersonal perspective. Marlana hopes to learn not only how we can begin to normalize a mutual curiosity in the identities and world views of those with whom we interact, but also how dialogue and co-learning can be used as a form of education in more traditional subjects. Outside of IDP, she is an executive board member of the Organization of Urban and Regional Studies and has participated in many projects related to youth education and community development. In her free time, Marlana can usually be found cooking and listening to music from the 70s.