After undergoing an intensive four-day training at the beginning of the semester, and while participating in EDUC 4826: Leading Dialogue Across Difference, IDP’s undergraduate facilitators are responsible for guiding one section of EDUC 2610 on their intergroup dialogue journey over the course of the semester. Additionally, our undergraduate facilitators lead tailored programs for undergraduate groups, organizations, and courses.
Spring 2023 Undergraduate Facilitators
Hiya! I am Alex, and I am a Senior in CALS studying Nutritional Sciences and minoring in Music. On-campus, you can find me whipping up a new recipe for Creme de Cornell or pipetting DNA at my research lab. I took EDUC 2610 fall of 2020, and it was one of the best classes I’ve taken at Cornell. At a time of uncertainty and Zoom fatigue, I knew that my IDP class had my back on the good days and the bad days. IDP helped me grow as a person while also allowing me to understand how to create meaningful conversations and connections. Because of this, I am hoping to continue to seek discomfort while creating new connections. I am very excited to continue my journey of communicating across differences, understanding social identities, and forming new personal connections as a facilitator this semester.
Hello! My name is Ana and I am a sophomore studying Environment & Sustainability in CALS. I took IDP my first semester, but my first experience with the program was during the Prefreshman Summer Program. I was surprised by what my peers had to say and enamored with the process of dialogue. In the classroom it took me a while to open up, but once I did I began to learn new things about myself and my identities. Beyond learning about myself, I hope to use the skills I’ve gained to make an impact among the Cornell community and beyond. I’ve only been here a short time but have already felt the impact of IDP in my own life. Outside of being a facilitator, I am involved in Climate Justice Cornell (CJC), Native American and Indigenous Students At Cornell (NAISAC), and the drumline for the Big Red Marching Band. I am looking forward to a great semester of teaching and learning!
Hello! My name is Anna Haraka and I am a junior in the Dyson school concentrating in Strategy and minoring in Leadership. My hometown is Bloomfield, New Jersey. Here at Cornell, I am the Vice President of Public Relations for the Dyson Undergraduate Council, Director of Membership for A Seat at the Table, a Dyson Ambassador, and a consulting analyst for Social Enterprise Group Cornell. Taking EDUC 2610 as a freshman was a defining experience for my first semester at Cornell and has made me an overall better person. I facilitated for the first time in the virtual space, and I am excited to pair my passions for social impact and effective communication facilitating in person facilitator for the first time!
Hello! I'm Anna. I am a sophomore communication major from Middleburgh, NY. Outside of IDP, I am a Cornell Tradition Fellow, a writer for the Cornell Daily Sun, and a stacks assistant at Mann Library. I look forward to meeting new people and forming connections through dialogue!
Hi! I'm Belinda and I'm a senior studying Policy Analysis and Management. I'm originally from a small town just outside of Ithaca but moved to North Carolina a few years ago. I'm also a captain of the Big Red Club Volleyball team here on campus and a huge foodie (send restaurant recs). I'm so excited to facilitate this semester and continue to meet so many amazing people through IDP!
Hi! I’m Bella, a junior majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations minoring in Inequality Studies and Africana Studies. I took EDUC 2610 during my sophomore year and I thoroughly loved it. EDUC 2610 is by far one of my favorite classes at Cornell! Not only did it provide me with great memories and enjoyment but it also helped me grow as a human being and citizen of the world. It helped me deepen my relationships and understanding of others to an extent I did not think possible. I am extremely excited to continue my journey with this incredible program as a facilitator and greatly look forward to being both a teacher and learner!
Hey Hey! I’m Bella and I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics and minoring in Spanish. I have learned so much about myself and the way I communicate or interact with the spaces I am in through IDP. As a first-time facilitator, I am so excited to continue learning about communicating across difference, and forming new connections! Outside of IDP, I love rock climbing (I practically live at the Lindseth Climbing Center), seeing and helping set up for live music (shoutout Cornell Concert Commission), and everything related to the outdoors (I’m a huge Survivor fan… and I’m also in Outdoor Odyssey). Good luck in the new semester!
Hey there! I’m Bianca and I’m a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics and Sociology!! I took EDUC 2610 my very first semester at Cornell, and I am so grateful to be able to continue to learn and grow as a facilitator of this course. I love that IDP enables me to engage with others and reflect on myself and my experiences in order to create positive change. Outside of IDP, I am the Social Chair for the Women's Club Rugby Team and the treasurer of DAIRE (Diversity and Inclusion in Real Estate) Cornell! Looking forward to meeting new people and making more connections!
Hi!! My name is Charli Stewart, I’m a sophomore studying Animal Science in CALS as well as an athlete on the varsity Track team! I took IDP last semester and learned a lot about how my first socialization has impacted my communication style. This realization has helped me better understand my identity, privilege, and places in which I would like to improve myself. I love that I now have the opportunity to be a part of such a cool program which, I believe, strives to develop empathy and heathy dialogue between people. I’m so excited to meet and learn from those joining this course 🙂
Hello everyone! My name is Christian Kuhl, and I am a transfer sophomore student at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. I took EDUC 2610 my first semester here, and I am excited to have the opportunity to facilitate! Outside of class, I enjoy working out, skiing, playing guitar, and following my favorite jam bands around the country.
Hi I'm Claire, I'm technically still a Biology major in CALS but now I'm mostly working towards a Masters in Computer Science. I'm coming back from an impromptu gap year so I'm a little nervous to come back to school but really excited to be back in IDP. Taking EDUC 2610 freshman year was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I am so grateful that I get to continue being a part of it 3 years later. Outside of school, I really love being in nature, whether its hiking, bird watching, taking pictures of plants and fungus to identify them, or finding the grossest pond water to look at under the microscope. I'm so excited to be back in this amazing environment and I hope everyone taking EDUC 2610 will come to love this course as much as I do.
Yeo! My name is Coco Dawkins, and I am a sophomore studying Landscape Architecture in CALS. I took IDP the first semester after coming back from a gap year, which I took during ``the Covid year.`` IDP was refreshing for me in that it reminded me how good it feels to genuinely listen, and connect. This was especially impactful after experiencing isolation during Covid. Along with my intensive landscape studio, IDP balanced my academic and overall lifestyle as warm interactions filled my day - After taking this class I was open to being a facilitator. Here I am!
Hi! My name is Emily and I am a senior studying Human Development with a minor in Law and Society. I am really passionate about learning how children navigate the world through play. Outside of IDP, I am a research assistant for the Early Childhood Cognition Lab and I am I Cornell Traditions Fellow. I am also involved with several student orgs such as BreakFree - a student dance group, CU Bigs - a public service center affiliated program, and my sorority - Alpha Chi Omega. I took EDUC 2610 during the fall semester of my sophomore year. I loved the opportunity to feel connected with my classmates despite having taken the class during a virtual semester. I am so excited to be back and continue exploring strategic ways to make social change through human connection!
Hi! I'm Fatima El Ashram and I am a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. I'm on the Cornell women's tennis team and I'm from Cairo, Egypt. I was first introduced to IDP through my teammate during my Junior year and I have loved it ever since. Looking forward to facilitating IDP for the first time and getting to meet new people!!
Hello! My name is Isa and I use they/them/theirs pronouns. I am a sophomore art major from Atlanta Georgia. I work as the graphic designer for the Johnson museum. In my free time, I work as a freelance comic illustrator. I am passionate about prison abolition, gay liberation, and voting access. I live in Risley, the arts special programming house. Within my dorm I help with Komittee (our student council) and the Risley art and music shops. I am looking forward to connecting with people from all over Cornell during my first semester as a facilitator. IDP has helped me find my place within the Big Red community. I chose to facilitate to help other new students have a place where they belong in college.
Hi, I'm Isaac and I'm a freshman studying landscape architecture here in CALS! Coming from a very conservative town, I went out on a limb with IDP. How could a 3 hour conversation session be effective at teaching communication skills? I enrolled in EDUC 2610 thinking it'd be an easy course to fulfill the diversity requirement, but nothing could have prepared me for how much the course impacted me and my thinking. As a facilitator, I'm looking forward to showing how important, practical, and impactful the skills we learn in IDP are. Outside of IDP, you can find me working in my landscape studio on the fourth floor of Kennedy Hall, playing bassoon in Cornell's Symphony, in a piano practice room working on repertoire for concerts at the end of the semester, going for runs around Ithaca, and hiking with friends around the finger lakes! Oh...and did I mention I love plants?
I am an Africana Studies major and Inequality Studies minor, and I am really passionate about discussing issues of inequity in all forms including gender, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level. This is my senior year at Cornell, and I am excited to spend it doing IDP, as I learned so much last semester from my peers, and I am adamant that I will learn more this year from my co-facilitators and the students.
Hi, I’m Jennifer! I'm a senior studying Sociology with minors in Education and Inequality Studies. I am a student manager at Libe Cafe, so you'll often find me there! Outside work and class, I love cooking, reading, and yoga. I'm always looking for book recommendations or yummy recipes to try! I took IDP last spring, and it was an eye-opening course that challenged me to be vulnerable and connect with people in a way I hadn't before. This semester, I look forward to creating more meaningful connections and learning from each other's perspectives and experiences.
Hello! I am Julia, and I am a senior studying Human Development and minoring in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. I am from Southbury, Connecticut and I have two dogs and a cat. On campus I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Omicron Nu, and Delta Delta Delta; I also work at Temple of Zeus! Back in Connecticut, I am the organizer and founder of Justice Southbury, a local social justice movement dedicated to cultivating a more kind and fair community for all. In my free time, I love to dance and sing! I am thrilled to continue my IDP journey as a facilitator. This class taught me that humans are inherently different and this is a beautiful thing: it is our differences that make us so unique and make our world so diverse. I am so excited to listen to each other's perspectives and grow as individuals while learning how to communicate effectively.
Hello! My name is Lauren Cody and I am a senior majoring in Biological Sciences in CALS. On campus, I am involved in Outdoor Odyssey, Cornell ECO, and I work in a pollinator lab. In my free time, I love running around Cornell's beautiful campus, reading, hiking, and exploring new coffee shops. I took IDP my sophomore spring and it literally changed my life and helped me grow as a person. I'm so excited to be facilitating this fall!
Hi! My name is Lauren and I’m from Dallas, TX. I am a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations pursuing a minor in Law and Society as well as Business. Outside of IDP, I am a legal volunteer for the Cornell University Parole Initiative, I serve as VP of Programming for the Prison Reform and Education Project, and I am also a member of Impact Dance Troupe. My experience in EDUC 2610 inspired me to engage in communication across differences both in my personal and professional life. I am returning as a facilitator in an effort to inspire others and to continue learning from others through collaboration and dialogue.
Hello! My name is Lauren and I'm from Syracuse, NY. I am a senior Animal Science major on the Pre-Veterinary track with a minor in French. My hobbies include cooking, reading, spending time outside, and dancing (ballet is my favorite!). I took EDUC 2610 during the spring of my sophomore year and loved that it allowed me to connect with others and have a better understanding of my role in social systems. I am so excited to facilitate again this semester!
Hi! My name is Llorenz Meliton and I am a senior studying math and computer science. On campus, you’ll find me tutoring math for the Learning Strategies Center or dancing with BreakFree and LOKO. Taking IDP last fall transformed my relationships with friends and family. I’m grateful to IDP for making me a better communicator and leader, and I am excited to learn more about dialogue and human connection this semester!
Hi! I'm a senior studying Biometry & Statistics. On campus I'm involved with Social Business Consulting, Cornell Ultimate Frisbee, and Alpha Zeta Fraternity. Please say hi if you see me!
Hello! My name is Olivia, and I am a sophomore biology major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on the pre-dental track! I took EDUC 2610 during the fall of '22 and loved my experience as it was different than any class setting I had ever been in. Getting the opportunity to discuss important topics with my peers was something I genuinely appreciate, and I am so excited to be a facilitator and provide the same great experience for the incoming students!
Hi! My name is Olivia and I am a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences studying Biology and Society and minoring in Global Health. I took EDUC 2610 Spring Semester of my very first year at Cornell, and I am excited to continue to learn and grow as a facilitator this Fall! Outside of IDP, I am a big foodie and like trying different (and sometimes weird lol) food combinations, listening to music and having a good time.
Hi! My name is Orania and I am a sophomore at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. As a freshman, EDUC 2610 was one of my favorite classes so I decided to come back as a facilitator this year. IDP was a different experience outside of my classes at Dyson, it allowed me to challenge my thinking and understanding of other people, so I felt like there is still a lot for me to learn from the wonderful IDP team and class. Outside of IDP, I love to make perfumes and experiment with oils and scents as well as design clothing pieces and explore fashion studies. As a first-time facilitator, I'm excited to meet everyone!
Hey! My name is Rafael Bitanga. I am a 4th year student from Kodiak, Alaska studying Hotel Administration. My inspiration to be a facilitator came from the growth that I experienced while participating in EDUC 2610 during the spring semester of my first year at Cornell. I am excited to be a part of your journey in learning to be more effective and emphatic when conversing with others. Outside of academics, I lead by listening and I leverage my skills in digital storytelling (filmmaking and photography) to amplify uncommon voices though authentic conversations. These stories are shared to empower people and enact difficult changes. So, are you ready to learn and grow together?
Hi! My name is Rosie and I'm a sophomore studying Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. I was born and raised in South Korea and in fact, living in Ithaca is my first time living away from home. I took EDUC 2610 the first semester of my freshman year, and it has broadened my perspectives in an insightful way. I appreciate that the course has allowed me to reflect upon my identity and role in society, and to improve my communication skills. On campus, I'm a member of Cornell EARS, Best Buddies, and alpha Kappa Delta Phi. Outside campus, I am an academic fellow at Project Rousseau and an assistant researcher for the Korean Ministry of Education. I also love baking, cooking, and listening to new songs. I'm excited to meet everyone through IDP!
Hello! My name is Serena Singerman, and I am a junior in the Hotel School. I am additionally pursuing a minor in leadership. My hometown is Cleveland, Ohio. I decided to take EDUC 2610 due to the abnormal class structure, and I am excited to experience co-learning as a facilitator for the first time!
Hi! My name is Shrutika, and I am a sophomore studying Human Biology Health and Society at the College of Human Ecology. I also plan on getting a minor in Biometry and Statistics. I have spent a majority of my life in California but have also lived in India. At Cornell, outside of the classroom, you can find me at Amit Bhatia Libe Café whipping up some of your favorite drinks! I joined IDP spring semester of my freshman year and truly enjoyed the experience. The class was thought-provoking and helped me better understand myself as well as others. I chose to facilitate this semester because I want to help share the mission IDP stands by, the community it creates, and the conversations it fosters. I am excited to take on this new role and grow my skills in dialoguing!
Hi! My name is Sierra and I am a junior in the Dyson school from Baltimore, Maryland. Outside of IDP I am a Meinig Family Scholar who enjoys biking, singing, and impulsively chaotic dance sessions. Taking EDUC 2610 has done amazing things for me and my relationships both professionally and personally that I never before imagined possible. As a facilitator, I am super excited to have the opportunity to bring this positive experience to others! This semester, I hope to continue to improve my own dialogue skills while promoting a diverse Cornell community, in both identity and thought, where discussing our differences is a rewarding experience! Cheers to an amazing semester!
Hello! My name is Sri, and I am from San Jose, California. I am a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. I took EDUC 2610 during the spring semester of my first year, and it was unlike any other class I’ve taken. The emphasis on self-growth, critical reflection, and community building inspired me to step into the role of a facilitator. I am excited to create meaningful connections, and look forward to learning alongside all of you this semester!
Hi! I'm a senior studying Development Sociology in CALS. I'm excited to take part in another great year of facilitating IDP!
Hey hey! I’m Vic, and I’m a third-year biological sciences major in CALS with minors in Spanish as well as Latin American studies. When I’m not pursuing my academic interests, you can usually find me at practice, as I am a member of the varsity cross country and track teams. I am also a part of Cornell Biomedical Device. In my free time, I love to embroider and knit! I am so excited to continue my IDP journey as a facilitator this semester. I hope to continue to create and cultivate new relationships, hear different perspectives and experiences, engage in dialogue across difference and step outside of my comfort zone.