Graduate, Professional & Postdoctoral Facilitators

Our graduate, professional and postdoctoral facilitators are students who have taken our Course for Graduate Students and have completed IDP facilitator training. They support IDP’s offerings at the graduate and postdoctoral level.

Eugene Law

Soil and Crop Science, PhD Candidate

Eugene Law is a PhD student in the field of Soil and Crop Science studying sustainable cropping systems with the goal of contributing to a food system that is more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable from the ground up. Through his life experience, including work as a teacher and mentor for inner-city youth, he has come to appreciate the importance of work that furthers diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. After participating in an IDP course for graduate students in January 2017 he was immediately interested in continuing his involvement with the program due to its ability to raise awareness of social inequity and empower individuals to be the agents of change that our society needs.

Janani Hariharan

Soil and Crop Science, PhD Candidate

I am a PhD student in the field of Soil and Crop Sciences. I study microbes in the soil, and the complex histories of their evolution and interactions with each other. However, bacterial communities aren’t the only ones that captivate me. As an international student and voracious reader, I find human culture and social narratives fascinating. IDP has lent voice and vocabulary to these experiences, and I am excited to continue the good work.

Luis Nieves Rosado

Chemical Engineering, PhD Candidate

I’m a PhD Student in Chemical Engineering, studying the proteins at the surface of cancer cells and how they influence metastasis. My first experience with IDP was during the summer 2018 graduate workshop, and the message of empathy and communication across difference connected deeply with me. I believe that for science to have societal impact, scientists need to be socially conscious. The tools that IDP provides are indispensable for this. I look forward to continuing my scientific and outreach work through the IDP office.

Natalie Hofmeister

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, PhD Candidate

I am a Ph.D. Candidate studying bird evolution in Irby Lovette’s lab at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. My research focuses on how birds evolve in changing environments, and I am currently studying range expansions in the invasive European starling. I was part of the first graduate IDP course in 2016, which motivated me to engage more with social justice on campus. I am involved with Graduate Women in Science, EEB’s Graduate Student Assembly, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, and other groups, in addition to facilitating IDP Workshops. Long-term, I hope to integrate IDP’s mission with my scientific work by building a more diverse and inclusive scientific community.

Sam Lagasse

English, PhD Candidate

I’m Sam. I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of English. I work on anti-colonial and postcolonial literatures, with a focus on the the Anglophone Indian novel. My research explores formations of modernity and realist aesthetic practices, especially as they relate to issues of temporality and the politics of time. When I’m not writing or reading, I spend most of my spare time running. I compete in local cross-country, track, and road races all throughout the year and recently ran my first marathon. I work as a live-in Graduate Resident Fellow (GRF) in Cornell’s West Campus House System. I’ve been lucky to call Flora Rose House my home for the past three years.

Trevor Donadt

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, PhD Student

I am a PhD Student studying bacteria-surface interactions as part of Rong Yang’s lab in the Smith School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. My research focuses on designing materials using a vapor deposition technique to manipulate the behavior of bacteria that grow on those materials, and harness the advantageous potential of bacteria. Long involved and interested in equality in access to higher education, I was excited to partake in IDP and work towards furthering that mission at Cornell. Along with my leadership of the Diversity & Inclusion Program at the Smith School, I hope to use the tools of IDP to promote engagement in difficult issues that work towards the greater good at Cornell, in engineering communities, and beyond.