Spring 2020 Undergraduate Facilitators

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

Ana Suppé

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2023

Hello! My name is Ana and I am a freshman studying Environment & Sustainability in CALS. I took IDP last semester, but my first experience with the program was this past summer 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!

Bo Miebach

School of Hotel Administration, 2021

My name is Bo (they/them), I’m from Germany and am a junior in the Hotel School. I’m a part of a dual degree program with the Culinary Institute of America, having received an associates in baking and pastry before transferring to Cornell. I’m passionate about climate justice and food sovereignty, and work with a number of on- and off-campus organizations including the Cornell Future Food Summit, the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality, and Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. This Spring will be my first semester as an IDP facilitator, and I look forward to growing from and fostering conversations around the intersections of identity.

Brianna Ramos

School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2022

Hi all! My name is Brianna Ramos and this fall will be my first time facilitating Intergroup Dialogue. I am a sophomore in the School of Industrial Labor Relations, and I am 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!

Christian Hall

School of Hotel Administration, 2020

Hey! My name is Christian and I'm a senior in the Hotel school. I'm excited to return to IDP after a semester abroad in Hong Kong. In past semesters I've facilitated sexual orientation and gender dialogues, which have been incredible experiences. The IDP community has added fuel to my love for positively impacting my communities and helps others do this too! IDP has been a hallmark of my Cornell experience and a source of genuine growth. Outside of IDP, I lead the Cornell LGBTQ+ Business Alliance, head Diversity and Finance for Hotel Ezra Cornell, and work as a server at Taverna Banfi.

Chuka Anyene

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2020

I’m a senior studying Nutritional Sciences in CALS. I’m pre-med and plan to attend medical school sometime after I graduate. I really love listening to music and playing basketball in my free time.

Cole Johnston

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2020

Hi! I am a senior studying International Agriculture and Rural Development from Eagle Point, Oregon. Some of my other campus commitments include serving as the Vice President of Citizenship, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Cornell Interfraternity Council and working as a campus tour guide. I have been with the Intergroup Dialogue Project for over two years now, and I cannot overstate the important lessons and skills I've gained from it. I am so excited to use these skills to engage with my peers and apply them in a professional setting after graduation.

Daniel Maher

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2021

Hiya! My name is Danny and I am currently a junior majoring in Communication and minoring in English, Leadership, and Media Studies. I enrolled in IDP last semester 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 Vice 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.

David Moore

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2022

Hi! My name is David and I am a sophomore 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!

Deja Canty

College of Human Ecology, 2020

Hi! My name is Deja and I am a Junior in Human Ecology studying Fiber Science. I hope to use my education to aid in cleaning up the textile industry and provide better factory conditions for workers. I am passionate about social justice and exploring the intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality. My experience in IDP as a student allowed me to productively explore these areas, and I hope to use the new language and skills learned to facilitate healthy and productive discussions this semester.

Gillian Catano

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2020

Hello! My name is Gillian, and I am a senior in CALS studying environmental and sustainability sciences. I am also minoring in education and climate change. As a first-generation college student and American, I have experienced first hand how valuable education can be for an individual or a family. So, after graduation, I hope to pursue a career in education focused on policy reform. On-campus, I am also involved in Cornell Outdoor Education, work for Libe Cafe, and am a Cornell Tradition Fellow. As an IDP student last semester, I learned how important and helpful dialogue is to bridging gaps across social differences. I am excited to continue learning and engage with more students on social justice topics this semester!

Isaiah Murray

College of Architecture, Art and Planning, 2020

Hola! My name is Isaiah and I am a proud Texan from San Antonio. Majoring in both urban studies and information science with a minor in inequality studies, I hope to contribute to the efforts of bridging the technological divide in cities, increasing digital literacy and connectivity for marginalized peoples. I hope to hold political office in San Antonio at some point and travel into space. Until then, you can find me on campus dancing with Sabor Latino or falling off my bike. If I know you and I see you on campus, I wave first, so please wave back!

Katie Barajas

College of Engineering, 2021

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've facilitated a gender and sexual orientation section and will now start my third semester facilitating the course. 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.

Marina Grais

School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2021

Hi, my name is Marina Grais and I am a junior in Industrial and Labor Relations with the hopes of minoring in Education, Inequality Studies, and Near Eastern Studies. Outside of class, I am involved in Cornell University's Social Media Ambassadors and Society of Human Resources Management. I was born in Alexandria, Egypt, but moved to America when I was about 2 years old. This is my first time facilitating IDP. I took IDP during the fall semester of my sophomore year and was apprehensive about my sharing my experiences with the class at first. My apprehension faded quickly and I fell in love with the process of dialogue. Through facilitating IDP, I hope to continue my path as a student and teacher through speaking and learning about different identities.

Jeannie Yamazaki

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2021

Hi there! My name is Jeannie, and I'm in my third year studying Environment and Sustainability. On campus, I'm an intern at the Cornell Botanic Gardens and I'm involved with Cornell Asian Pacific Student Union (CAPSU) and ALANA Intercultural Board. I care about issues of equity and access in the environmental context, and the communication skills and deepened understanding of identity that I've gained through IDP are essential in doing the work I want to do. Being involved with IDP has been one of the most meaningful parts of my time at Cornell, and I can't wait for another semester of facilitating EDUC 2610.

Kathryn Stamm

College of Arts and Sciences, 2022

Hi! I'm a sophomore 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, am the secretary of 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 and work towards positive change. Facilitating last semester was one of the most challenging, rewarding things I’ve ever done, and I’m excited to continue the work as a returning facilitator!

Khary Pryce

School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2022

Hi I'm Khary and I'm a sophomore in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations minoring in Inequality Studies. On campus I'm involved with the Black Ivy Pre Law Society, the Big Red Leadership Institute, and to make things even crazier, I play for Cornell's Varsity Women's Tennis Team. IDP was an amazing experience for me, and the minute I saw what it was all about, I knew I had to be more involved in this life-changing process. This is my first time facilitating, and I’m so excited to kickstart this process for my peers and continue honing my dialogue skills.

Luiza Baroni

College of Arts and Sciences, 2021

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 for the first time!

Maya Cutforth

College of Arts and Sciences , 2020

Hello! I am a senior double majoring in American Studies and Spanish in the College of Arts and Sciences. On campus, I am the President of the Panhellenic Council, Philanthropy Chair of the Cornell Democrats, and a popcorn person at Willard Straight Hall. I hope to pursue a career in teaching after graduation, and I am interested in the intersection of civil disobedience and education policy. I have seen the positive impact of IDP workshops with leaders in Greek Life, and I am excited to return as a facilitator this fall.

Michelle Davies

College of Engineering, 2022

Hey! I'm Chelle and I'm excited to facilitate again :). I'm a Sophomore interested in Robotics Engineering. I work with WVBR 93.5FM, and I'm the current President of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. I feel like IDP has helped me grow as a person and change in a lot of ways for the better. I love having meaningful exchanges with people and hearing about what inspires them, gives them purpose, or even just peaks curiosity and interest. Feel free talk to me about pretty much anything!

Miles Greenblatt

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2022

Hi! My name is Miles Greenblatt and I'm a sophomore in CALS studying nutrional 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 am incredibly excited to be facilitating 2610 this semester. 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.

Owen MacDonnell

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences , 2020

My name is Owen and I am a senior Environmental Science major from Brooklyn, New York. After taking IDP my sophomore year, I was so impacted by the experience that I wanted to facilitate and continue to be both a teacher and a learner in the classroom. IDP equipped me with the skills and tools to tackle injustice on an everyday level. It taught me not just to listen, but to hear and not just to speak, but to be heard. Here at Cornell, I am a project team lead for Cornell University Sustainable Design and an active member of the greek community. I love to play soccer and basketball and I am an avid hiker. I hope one day to pursue a career in renewable energy, working to spread solar power around the world!

Ruju Dani

Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, 2022

Hi! I'm a sophomore 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.

Samantha Luevanos

College of Arts and Sciences, 2021

Hi! My name is Samantha, and I am from sunny Los Angeles. l am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Government and minoring in Inequality Studies and Crime, Prisons, Education and Justice. 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 second time this semester!

Sarah Sperber

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2022

I am a sophomore studying Communications in CALS. On campus, I'm involved with the Treble Chorus, both as an active member and as the organization's Blog Manager. I am particularly interested in the effects of socialization through media and hope to go into magazine publication to have a platform for advocacy and allyship. Taking IDP last semester, I formed a concept of social identity and developed a fire for combating indifference. I am beyond excited to continue my education in social justice in my first semester of facilitating this fall.

Valerie Weisbeck

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2020

Hi! I'm Valerie, a senior studying Agricultural Sciences and Development Sociology. I'm from Buffalo, NY. I'm a member and former Recruitment Chair of Alpha Zeta Fraternity, an Agricultural Sciences Ambassador, and a Cornell ILR High Road Fellow. I took IDP the spring of my junior year and this is my first time facilitating. I am interested in urban agriculture and education as a way to empower youth and combat food deserts and injustice. I love IDP because of its ability to allow people to learn from each other. I hope to learn many skills while I facilitate IDP that I will be able to apply to community organizing and uplifting post-industrial urban areas.

Zara Schreiber

College of Engineering, 2021

I'm a junior 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.