This week we’re highlighting Alex Castroverde ‘23 and David Moore ‘22, two of our Fall ‘21 EDUC 2610 co-facilitators, and this week’s #HumansofIDP! Here's what these two have to say about IDP and one another!
I took EDUC 2610 originally to fulfill the CALS diversity requirement. I stayed because after taking the class, I realized how applicable it is both at Cornell and beyond. I fell in love with IDP because it makes me explore more about myself, the communities around me, and how I can make change in them.
I really appreciate the opportunities that IDP has afforded me with respect to interacting with others. This semester in particular was special considering we were returning to in-person classes, and you could feel people’s excitement for a chance to authentically connect with one another. IDP is unique in the sense that it offers a structured, well-organized way for students to do just that- across disciplines, grade years, and social identities. Additionally, as someone who’s been a facilitator for a while, I like having the opportunity to help participants grow and further develop their understandings of privilege and oppression, while also continuously challenging and developing my own understanding of systems of inequity and how to better address them in my life.
What's your favorite thing about your co-facilitator?
My absolute favorite thing about Alex is her energy. I know that when I’m in session and I may be challenged as a facilitator, I can count on Alex to support me and the rest of the group as we move forward. I also know I can count on Alex to be a great friend and offer support in a myriad of ways outside of IDP. Every interaction with Alex leaves me in a better mood. Her laughter is contagious–there’s no better way to cut a silence than with Alex’s hysterical howl–and she makes great food! All in all, I’m grateful to have her as a co this semester.
David is my second half in the IDP space. My favorite thing about David is his deeply caring personality. He is pretty much like those giant bears from Costco. He remembers all the small things I tell him, like my weirdly long names for my Spotify playlists, or my dislike for beaches. He brings this caring personality to the classroom with our students by double-checking that they are understanding the content and creating opportunities for them to connect with one another. Plus, he also has really good music recs.