Introducing Jennifer Butler ’23 and Lauren Cody ’23 — today’s #HumansofIDP and two of our EDUC 2610 co-facilitators this semester. Here's what these two second-semester seniors have to say about IDP and one another!
When I took IDP last year, it was one of the only places on Cornell’s campus where I felt I could be my authentic self. As a facilitator, IDP has allowed me to continue learning what authenticity is for me. Through IDP, I have learned a lot about myself and have had the opportunity to form genuine connections with others through dialogue.
IDP has challenged me to grow as a person and a leader in so many ways. I love that I can apply what we learn to my life and use it to understand myself and other better. The community I’ve found in IDP is so meaningful to me; it’s brought together so many people who value connection across difference and are committed to growth and learning.
What's your favorite thing about your co-facilitator?
Lauren is so encouraging as a co-facilitator and supportive in the classroom and beyond. I admire her commitment to helping students learn while still holding empathy, ensuring students feel valued and heard during sessions. Lauren has helped me grow as a facilitator by helping me recognize my strengths and supporting my personal goals as a facilitator.
I cannot say enough good things about Jennifer! Even in her first semester facilitating, she makes it look effortless and natural, through her effort and commitment to growth are clear. She approaches sessions with passion and enthusiasm, always excited about our and our students’ learning. Her love for understanding people and systems shines through in everything she does for IDP.