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 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.
Hi! I'm Aliza, and I'm a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am an English major and am studying on the premed track. On campus, you can find me walking backwards giving campus tours to visitors, writing and editing for Slope Media, or hanging with my friends. In my experience as a student in IDP last semester, I learned so much about myself and others. The course improved my dialogue skills and increased my desire to engage meaningfully with those around me. I am so excited to facilitate this semester and I look forward to continued learning and growth!
Hi there! I'm Amy, a senior majoring in environmental engineering. I'm interested in exploring how built environments can be designed to be more resilient, just, and harmonious for people and the planet. This will be my second time facilitating IDP, and I'm extremely grateful to be a part of this wonderful community that has taught me so much. Besides IDP, I'm a captain of the varsity Women's Gymnastics Team and member of Outdoor Odyssey, a pre-orientation program for new Cornell students. When I'm not doing work, you can find me listening to podcasts, (backcountry) cooking, or enjoying that coveted Ithacan sunshine.
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!
Hi, my name is Andrew and I'm a senior in CALS studying Environment & Sustainability. I am a former Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and my career interests pertain to animal conservation management. I took EDUC 2610 as a sophomore and I am so excited to be back as a facilitator to help introduce the lessons of this program to new students. My hobbies include dancing, singing, drawing, and acting (I hope to learn to play an instrument soon). At Cornell, you may have seen me performing with BreakFree or serving popcorn at Willard Straight Hall!
Hello! My name is Anna Haraka and I am a freshman in the Dyson school minoring in leadership. In my hometown of Bloomfield, New Jersey, I was a competitive cheerleader, a youth member in a local Italian-American service group, and a chapter founder of GlamourGals, an organization that inspires teen volunteers to end senior isolation in nursing homes by providing companionship to senior citizens through beauty makeovers and manicures. Here at Cornell, I am the Vice President of Public Relations for the Dyson Undergraduate Council, a consulting analyst for Social Enterprise Group Cornell, and continue to mentor GlamourGals volunteers in Ithaca. 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 am excited to pair my passions for social impact and effective communication as a first-time facilitator for IDP this semester!
Hi! I'm Bianca and I'm a sophomore from Philadelphia, PA. I plan on majoring in Economics and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. I took IDP my very first semester at Cornell and could not have asked for a more positive experience! I am so thrilled to be able to facilitate and continue to learn and grow!
Hello! I’m Bo, a senior in the Hotel School completing a dual degree program in pastry arts and hotel administration. I’m from Germany but spent most of my childhood in Dubai, UAE, after which I moved to the U.S. for university. I am on the board of the Queer Professional Community and the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, am an intern at the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, and work at Wide Awake Bakery. These roles have allowed me to explore the intersections of social justice work, especially queer, racial and food justice. IDP has been a constant source of joy, community, and growth for me since I joined the team last Spring, and I am so excited to continue creating spaces for meaningful dialogue around identity.
Sup yall! My name is Brian, and I am a junior in CALS studying Biology and Society and minoring in Health Policy and Nutrition. Taking EDUC 2610 was something I've been interested in doing since experiencing the Community at Cornell workshop during orientation as a freshman, and has redefined the way I approach effective and empathic communication with others. As a facilitator, I hope to be able to deliver the same great learning experience and solidarity that I experienced through IDP. Outside of class, you can catch me volunteering at Cayuga Med, working on Cornell iGEM's latest project, or doing research into health disparities of minority groups and immigrants. Some of my hobbies include playing Smash with my fraternity, photo and video production, singing and playing the guitar, and doing an unreasonable amount of pushups with my roommates.
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!
Hiya! My name is Danny and I am a senior majoring in Communication and minoring in English, Leadership, and Media Studies. My friends recommended that I enroll in IDP during the fall of my junior year, and I am so grateful that it has endowed me with such important skills. I enjoy applying dialogue to my regular life, and I am excited to take my final lap this semester in order to further my understanding of communication skills across difference. On campus, I serve as the President of the Communication Student Advisory Board, a Sitter for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a Peer Mentor for first-generation students within CALS, and I work as an Administrative Assistant in the CALS Admissions Office, among other things. I hope to be able to utilize my knowledge gained through IDP to help empower students across campus and challenge existing structures.
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! My name is Ethan Bachert and I'm a Senior in CALS studying Biology and minoring in Leadership. This will be my second time facilitating IDP, and I am very excited to continue to build on the dialogue skills I learned in EDUC 2610 while meeting new and amazing people. I first took IDP the fall of my Junior year, and it quickly became one of my favourite classes. I loved how we were able to discuss meaningful and often sensitive topics in an open and respectful way, and I found I learned just as much about myself as I did my peers. Outside of IDP I am on the Varsity Swim and Dive team, the President of RallyCap Sports at Cornell, and I am on the executive board of Alpha Epsilon Delta.
Hello!! I'm Henrique! I'm an international student from Brazil, and a senior majoring in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in Education. On campus (though I'm not actually on-campus this semester 🙂 ), I'm one of the Head Tutors of Cornell's Math Support Center, and an undergraduate TA for the Physics Department. I took EDUC 2610 last semester, and it was a challenging, but *extremely* rewarding experience to me! I loved its process of learning through self-discovery and dialogue, and I've learned a lot about myself, about communication, and about some of the systems I'm a part of! It's easily one of my favorite classes at Cornell, and I'm very excited to facilitate it this time around!! 🙂
Hi there! My name is Jeannie and I'm a senior in CALS studying Environment and Sustainability. I'm passionate about human connection, environmental justice, education, and the intersection of those three things. Outside of IDP, I'm involved with the Cornell Botanic Gardens, I do education research, and I'm trying to get better at cooking vegetarian food, among other things. IDP is a major part of my Cornell experience and community, and I'm so happy to be facilitating again this semester.
Hi everyone! My name is Julia and I'm a rising senior studying Mechanical Engineering. I was drawn to IDP because I thought a class like this could give me all the answers. Being a part of this community has definitely answered a few of the questions I had, but it more importantly has forced me to ask so many more questions. The IDP classroom is one of discomfort and uncertainty, and while at first it was terrifying, I've learned to seek that learning edge. This class has pushed me to take the communication tools I've learned and actually apply them; it's shifted my future goals from being solely about building robots and 3D-printing, to focusing on human connection, social justice, and law. This class has upended what I knew about myself and has empowered me to be vocal in spaces in which I had formerly been silent. I am so excited to continue learning with this incredible program.
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.
My name is Kyle-Avory Muña and I am senior studying human development with minors in education and policy analysis. As an aspiring educator, I am interested in how research can improve youth development outcomes for young people within classrooms and within their communities. I have experience working with youth as a summer teaching fellow, a writing tutor, and as a summer program lead. My long-term goal is to translate my leadership and classroom experience into a career in teaching, and eventually administration, to better advocate and serve underrepresented students.
Hello! My name is Lilyanna Berghorn, but most people just call me Lily for short! I am currently a senior in CALS studying Agricultural Science with a minor in Education. I currently live and work on my family's beef and hog farm in Western New York where my passion for agriculture has only grown over the years. In the free time I have, you can find me traveling around to shows with my beef cattle, hunting and spending time around the farm with my family. Following graduation, I plan to complete my masters degree in teaching Agricultural Education! I am so excited to facilitate IDP this semester and cannot wait to see what the semester brings!
I am a senior majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. On campus, you'll find me hunting down free food, cramming out assignments, dancing, or napping. This is my third time facilitating and I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I love it. IDP has been one of the most valuable experiences I've had in college, and I'm excited to continue facilitating 🙂
My name is Luiza and I have lived in Orlando, Florida for almost eleven years since moving from São Paulo, Brazil. I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences and am pursuing a double major in Psychology and FGSS (Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies). I am interested in the ways social identities impact the mental health of individuals, especially those in gender and sexuality minority groups. I took IDP in the spring of my freshman year and look forward to facilitating again!
Hi, my name is Marina Grais and I am a senior majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations and minoring in Education, Inequality Studies, and Law & Society. This will be my second time facilitating IDP. During my sophomore year at Cornell, I took Intergroup Dialogue Project and it was the first time I was able to bring my full self to a classroom. Outside of IDP, I am involved with Society of Human Resources Management and a research team. I am so excited to get back to facilitating this semester!
hello hello! I'm a senior in CALS, where I'm majoring in development sociology and biology and society, minoring in Arabic! I am a former R.A. based in Balch Hall, and am currently the editor in chief of the Cornell Daily Sun and a research assistant in the ornithology lab!
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 sophomore studying Biometry & Statistics with minors in Inequality Studies and Environmental Economics. I'm from Brooklyn and in my free time I enjoy journaling, drinking oat milk, and playing ultimate frisbee! I took EDUC 2610 in the fall of my sophomore year and am looking forward to having more lovely conversations.
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 Samantha, and I am from sunny Los Angeles. l am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Government and minoring in Inequality Studies, Crime, Prisons, Education and Justice, and Law & Society. I participated in the socioeconomic dialogue my second semester at Cornell, and I fell in love with IDP's commitment to creating awareness about the individual and systemic inequalities that plague our societies. IDP has helped me develop a world in which conversations can be empathetic, insightful, and respectful of people's shared experiences despite the topic or varying views. I look forward to facilitating for the third time this semester!
Hey! I’m Sydney and I’m a sophomore in CALS studying Biology. This will be my second semester facilitating EDUC 2610 and I’m so excited to meet new faces and help expand our IDP community!
I'm a senior in the College of Engineering majoring in Computer Science. Originally from NYC, I came to Cornell to explore the natural beauty (so gorges!), and since coming to campus I've become involved with Cornell Pole Posse and WICC. I took IDP last year to engage in meaningful dialogues around diversity and it further ignited my passion for social justice. I'm excited to be facilitating again this semester and to get to expand my communication skills and learn more about my own social identities.