The IDP Alumni Action Council (IDPAAC) provides professional development opportunities to IDP facilitators after they graduate from Cornell. Our vision is an engaged and connected network of IDP alumni who connect within and across their various professions, regions, and interests to support mutually beneficial learning experiences with IDP. Our mission is to engage our growing alumni network through professional development opportunities. The IDPAAC works closely with IDP leadership to support IDP alumni programming and offerings.
IDP Alumni Action Council
Our inaugural IDP Alumni Action Council.
Front row (from left to right): Sarah Aiken, Veronica Dickson La Rotta, Katelyn Fletcher, Hadar Sachs, Maya Portillo
Back row: Dylan Van Duyne, Victoria Phillips, Cole Johnston, Kyle Muña, Elana Kuppermann
Sarah became involved with IDP as a student in EDUC 2610 while at Cornell and has continued to stay involved ever since as a facilitator for the program! Sarah graduated from Cornell in 2018 with a Bachelors in Human Development. She then moved to New York City where she has taught special education in charter, private, and public school settings. Sarah received her Masters in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism from Teachers College at Columbia University. She now teaches life skills and vocational skills to young adults with autism at the NYC Department of Education. Sarah is excited to continue to explore the intersection of her work in urban special education with dialogue and all things IDP!
Veronica Dickson La Rotta
Born in Brazil to Colombian and Argentine parents, Veronica spent a decade living in Asia before completing her education in the United States. Veronica graduated in 2018 with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and a minor in China and Asia Pacific Studies. She has worked in rural China as a Princeton in Asia Fellow, at a Vietnamese consulting firm based out of Hanoi, and at a DC-based nonprofit that implements anti-corruption and open government initiatives. She is currently a Masters student at Georgetown University studying international development.
Kyle’s first IDP workshop was in the summer of 2017 as part of the Prefreshmen Summer Program (PSP). What struck him instantly was the vulnerability and introspection toward his identities that he had not been used to in high school and his curiosity to learn more in college. During the spring of his sophomore year, he decided to take EDUC 2610, which he strongly connected to the themes of human connection, social justice, and strategic change in the readings and class dialogue. He became a cofacilitator during his senior year (during the virtual year of instruction) and still has so much gratitude for the time he engaged in what felt like true community during a time when human connection was compromised due to the pandemic. As a native Chamoru, IDP gave him a nuanced lens to understand his own identities both in and outside of Cornell, fueling his passion for improving educational access and opportunities for other Pacific Islander students in higher education. Kyle graduated in 2021 with a B.S. in Human Development from the College of Human Ecology.
Today, Kyle serves as a college access mentor in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania community, supporting high school juniors and seniors. Many of these students are first-generation and come from limited-income backgrounds. Through his mentorship, he continues to foster intergroup dialogue, assisting them in navigating their transition to college. This involves teaching them how to forge connections across differences and find a sense of belonging within their communities.
Victoria Phillips is an Environmental Consultant for the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), whose passion for sustainability lies at the intersection of the built environment, behavioral change, and equity. Prior to CET, she served in the City of Boston first as a City Planner for the Boston Planning and Development Agency before joining the Environment Department as a Climate and Environmental Planning Project Manager. Since facilitating EDUC 2610 her senior year, Victoria has continued to participate in IDP as a Community at Cornell Alumni Facilitator and inaugural IDP Alumni Action Council member.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Victoria is currently pursuing her MS in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. She received her BS in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University as well as obtained a Harvard Extension School Graduate Certificate in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation and Harvard Business School Online Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy.
Maya Portillo has worked in early childhood education for over six years in various roles ranging from research, evaluation, community organizing, philanthropy, and now in policy. Maya has a passion for early care and education as a tool to uplift the needs of young children and their families and more broadly, as a lever to combat poverty. Maya holds her undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy from New York University.
Maya found a community and home within the people she met during her time at IDP and that is why she continues to show up for this community. The people she’s met in IDP are still some of her closest friends to this day and she is committed to supporting the next generation of IDPeople.
Dylan Van Duyne
Dylan graduated in 2018 from the College of Arts & Sciences with majors in Spanish and Psychology. IDP fostered his passion for social justice education and facilitation. He used the skills from IDP in his career in teaching and currently uses many of the skills as they relate to facilitation, adult coaching, and communication across difference.
Dylan is a former high school educator and is currently a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner within the School District of Philadelphia. He is deeply passionate about centering equity in K-12 education and adult learning centered on providing folks with the skills and knowledge to create conditions for actionable change in their communities.