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.
Fall 2021 Undergraduate Facilitators
Hiya! I am Alex, and I am a sophomore in CALS studying Nutritional Sciences and minoring in Music and Global Health. 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 last semester, 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 sophomore 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!
Hi!!! I'm Bianca and I'm a junior 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 a member of Cornell ACLU. Looking forward to meeting new people and making more meaningful connections!
Hi! I’m Catherine, a senior majoring in Global and Public Health Sciences and minoring in Inequality Studies: Health Equity. My friends recommended that I take EDUC 2610 during my junior year and it easily became one of my favorite learning experiences at Cornell. I am excited to continue learning with this incredible program as a facilitator and hope to be able to deliver the same positive experience.
Hello! My name is Christy Atangana and I'm from NYC. I'm a junior studying Biology and Society with minors in Business and Inequalities Studies: Health Equity. Some organizations I am part of are APO, CU Image and Cornell Center of Health Equity - Student Chapter. I remember taking EDUC 2610 my freshman year and gaining new ways to communicate and relate to others. I am excited to facilitate for the first time, create new relationships, and learn from the great dialogues that will take place this semester!
Hello, my name is Claire and I am a Junior in CALS studying biology. I took EDUC 2610 my second semester freshman year and I really loved how dialogue allowed me to engage with sensitive subjects without feeling overwhelmed or nervous. My perspective on social issues has been completely different since participating in IDP, and I feel that the improvement in my communication abilities has been invaluable. This is my first semester facilitating and I am incredibly excited to be immersed in dialogue once again. Outside of IDP I am involved in biology research, studying genetics in C. Elegans (a microscopic worm). Academically, I am very interested in automation of biological research, such as through machine learning. I am also involved with an Ithaca Scouts BSA troop (formerly called Boy Scouts) and I really enjoy weightlifting.
What's up! My name is David and I'm a member of the class of 2022 in the ILR school. I've been a facilitator since the first semester of my sophomore year. I'm from Los Angeles and I'm a big fan of the Lakers and all things on the West Coast. I also love hip-hop and r&b music (hit me for song recs), and I have an extensive durag collection. I enjoy cooking in my free time and getting to meet new people, so if you see me say hi!
Howdy! My name is De’Aysia and I am from Arlington, Texas. I am a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Crime, Prisons, Education, and Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences. Outside of IDP, I am involved in research with The Life History Lab and McNair Scholars Program that focuses on how developmental context has lifelong effects. I took IDP second semester of my sophomore year and was initially skeptical of what I could gain from the experience. However, there was actually so much that I benefited from learning, not only about the others present, but about myself as well. Having such an eye-opening experience of my own, led me to pursue facilitating in order to help others in their process to make new connections and get out of their comfort zone. I hope to be the best guide possible and am super excited to be a first-time facilitator this fall!
Hi! I'm a junior majoring in English and American Studies with a minor in Education (and maybe some other things, as I figure everything out!). I grew up in Evansville, Indiana. On campus, I work in news for The Cornell Daily Sun, work on Interfaith Council, and am a popcorn person at Willard Straight Hall. I took IDP my first semester on campus, and it has shaped all my Cornell experience so far. I am deeply grateful for the way IDP has taught me to engage in empathy, work towards positive change, and changed my life.
Hi, I'm Khary and I'm a junior in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations minoring in Inequality Studies. On campus I'm involved with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Black Ivy Pre Law Society, the Big Red Leadership Institute, and to make things more hectic, I play for Cornell's Varsity Women's Tennis Team. IDP has been an amazing experience for me, and since my first session, I knew I had to be more involved in this life-changing process. This is my second time facilitating, and I’m so excited to continue honing my dialogue skills.
Hello! My name is Lauren and I'm from Syracuse, NY. I am a junior 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 for the first time this semester!
Normally three strikes means that you're out, but for me, the third time's the charm ;). Hi I'm Chelle, a junior study Electrical and Computer Engineering, and besides making bad jokes, I love robotics and technology for social justice. My goal in life is to develop pedagogical technology to help kids with learning disabilities / special needs. I have my own website / portfolio for ongoing technical projects I do! https://www.michelledominiquedavies.info/
I'm Nelson, a junior studying Biometry & Statistics and Environmental Economics. I'm from Brooklyn and in my free time I enjoy journaling, and playing ultimate frisbee! I took EDUC 2610 in the fall of my sophomore year and am looking forward to having more lovely conversations and learning more about what it means to be human.
Hey! My name is Rafael Bitanga. I am a 3rd 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! I'm a junior in the Dyson school minoring in education. I'm also very involved in Asha Cornell and Salsa Pa'Lante. I attended a big public high school in Poughkeepsie, New York and remember experiencing first-hand the need for increased understanding and empathy across diverse communities. IDP's been shaping my college experience since day one, since I took the course in my first semester. Now, as a facilitator on my continued journey of identity development, dialogue, and consciousness raising, I am more inspired than ever to facilitate great conversations and practice enacting social change in my communities.
Hi! My name is Sierra and I am a sophomore 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 last semester has done amazing things for me and my relationships both professionally and personally that I never before imagined possible. As a first time facilitator this fall, 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!
Hey, I’m Sydney, a junior in CALS, and a 3rd time facilitator for IDP. I’m so grateful for this program and all it has taught me over the years and I cannot wait to meet the new IDPeople of this coming semester!
Hi folx! My name is Thomas Petluck and I am a rising junior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning majoring in Urban and Regional Studies. I took EDUC 2610 my freshmen fall semester and it is a class I will truly never forget, for the better! The learning outcome IDP helped fostered has, and continues to, be present in some of my leadership roles on campus, as well as when it pertains to critically thinking about urban planning. I am excited to come back to IDP as a facilitator and I am excited to co-teach with anyone and everyone who I will be sharing space with!