Teaching Assistants (Spring ’17)

Jazlin Gomez, M.P.A. ’18

Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Jazlin is a first year MPA student in the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs concentrating in Human Rights and Social Justice. She first took the Advanced Dialogue course in the fall of 2013 and hasn’t been able to part from the program since. She has been an actor, writer, and director for the last four years in Ordinary People, a social justice and peer education theater troupe on campus. Jazlin is especially interested in the ways that theater, literature, and creative arts can be used as tools to instigate dialogue and ultimately social change. She is thrilled to be a part of this team and continue to grow with IDP.

Garrett Heller ’16

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 later facilitated a race dialogue and 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.

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

Hailing from the sunny island of Singapore, Aaron’s transition, from being part of the majority in his home country to being a minority in the US, triggered his interest in social identities. Having heard that Intergroup Dialogue was an “easy A”, Aaron enrolled in EDUC 2610 in his second semester, only to find it the most personally challenging and rewarding course in his Cornell career. He has remained with the program ever since, contributing to the program’s curriculum, teaching, and research. Intergroup Dialogue has deeply impacted Aaron’s worldview, and he simply cannot imagine what he would be today without this experience.

To see some of our past Teaching Assistants, please click HERE.


Fall 2016

Spring 2017