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 2020 Undergraduate Facilitators
Hi! I am a senior in the College of Human Ecology, studying Human Development. I hope to pursue a career in healthcare, either in operations, consulting, or hospital administration. On campus, I am a member of the Cornell Big Red Raas dance team and Cornell Business Review. Some things I love are learning different Indian dance styles, reading (and re-reading) Harry Potter, and swimming. Being a part of the IDP facilitator team is so exciting as I get to retake a class I resonated with so much but engage with the material from a completely different perspective. The skills and knowledge regarding communication across difference is more important and relevant than ever, and definitely worthwhile to learn. Hyped for a wonderful semester ahead!
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, and this will be my first time facilitating IDP. I was recommended to take this course by multiple friends, and am so glad that I ended up doing so. The communication skills I've gained from this program have been valuable in countless ways. In particular, I’m interested in how dialogue and radical listening can unite people with differing worldviews. I also absolutely love the genuine and vulnerable conversations that the IDP space cultivates, and it’s what drew me to return as a facilitator. On campus, I'm a pre-orientation hiking guide for Outdoor Odyssey and a captain of the varsity Women's Gymnastics Team. When I'm not doing work, you can find me listening to podcasts, (backcountry) cooking, or vibing in the 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 all :)! I'm a senior studying government on the premedical track. I hope to practice medicine as a physician in prisons. I am strangely obsessed with the following three items (in no particular order): chapstick, scrunchies, and pens. Finally, I LOVE IDP because I use LARA EVERYDAY!! The best family is our IDPhamily
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.
Hi all! My name is Brianna Ramos and I am a junior in the School of Industrial Labor Relations hoping to pursue a career in Public Service. Participating in IDP last year gave me the tools needed to talk about my salient identities and to effectively communicate with others from different backgrounds. I look forward to strengthening these skills as a facilitator!
Hi everyone! I'm Carley and I'm a senior majoring in Human Development with minors in Education and Theatre. On campus, I'm an E-Board member for Consent Ed, Cornell Ambassadors for Media and Performance, and Sexual Assault Awareness Coalition. I'm so excited to continue to learn and grow with IDP family! After taking EDUC 2610 last semester, I knew I had to come back to this space of self and community discovery. I can't wait to see what this next semester holds!
Hiya! My name is Danny and I am currently a senior majoring in Communication and minoring in English, Leadership, and Media Studies. I enrolled in IDP during the fall of my junior year based on recommendations from friends, and I am extremely grateful for the skills that it has endowed me with. I enjoy applying these to my regular life and I am excited to facilitate 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 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.
Hi! My name is David and I am a junior in CALS currently majoring in Biological Sciences. I am from Los Angeles, where I've been able to engage in social justice work within my local communities. I am a HUGE music enthusiast, I especially enjoy discussing the influence of music genres within political and social contexts. In my free time, you can catch me vibing to music, laughing, making art, and attempting to learn how to play the piano. I took EDUC 2610 during the spring semester of my freshman year, and I absolutely fell in love with the class. IDP has provided me with tools to communicate effectively and build meaningful relationships with my peers. This is my first time facilitating for IDP and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. I learned so much about myself and others through IDP, and I am eager to learn more!
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 and Nutrition. This will be my first 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, a Biology Student Advisor, and I am on the executive board of Alpha Epsilon Delta.
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.
I'm originally from sunny Los Angeles, California. I decided to come to Cornell because I wanted to take a leap of faith and challenge myself. It's been a wild ride to say the least. I've changed my major and intended career paths so many times, but finally listened to my heart and decided to major in Engineering Physics. As a female in physics, I'm really cognizant of the gender gap. The faculty, students, and staff are very supportive of the women in the major. A personal goal I have is to bring dialogue skills to bridge these gender differences within the major in order to focus on questions like: Why is the gender ratio so skewed? What impact does it have on current and potential students in physics? Intergroup dialogue has been one of the most impactful programs I've been involved with on campus. I took EDUC 2610 in the first semester of my freshman year and have been involved with IDP ever since. I'm looking forward to playing my small role in making a change on campus by building interpersonal skills and spreading awareness of the value of communication on campus.
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.
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/
Hi! My name is Miles Greenblatt and I'm a junior in CALS studying nutritional sciences. I am also on the executive boards of the CU hip hop heads and Cornell Concert Commission, and a member of the Anabel's Grocery team. I learned so much about communication and dialogue through the course and it is an incredible opportunity to be able to help further the presence of dialogue across our campus.
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!
Well helloooo there! My name is Sarah, and I'm a junior studying Communication in CALS. On campus, I'm involved with the Cornell University Treble Chorus both as a passionate, engaged musician and as the organization's Advocacy Chair. Through my first year facilitating, I not only nurtured existing passions, such as my love for social justice and effective communication, but I discovered new ones, such as my zeal for teaching and being in the classroom. I've faced some of my most daunting challenges and basked in some of my sweetest triumphs in EDUC 2610, and I couldn't be more excited for another round.
Hi I’m Sydney! I’m a sophomore in CALS majoring in Biological Sciences on the Pre-Med track. I’m from NYC and I’m a member of Delta Gamma. I took IDP first semester freshman year and loved it, so I am really excited to facilitate this semester 🙂
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.