Current Facilitators (Fall ’16)
Sagar Chapagain ’17
Sagar is a first generation college student, Pre-Professional Program Scholar, Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and a Biological Sciences major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He has participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and summer research internship at the National Institutes of Health. At Cornell, he is actively involved in First in Class, The Inter-Ivy First Generation College Student Network, Cornell Lending Library, Nepal Student Association and Cook Collective. He has been honored with numerous prestigious awards including the Cornell Class of 2017 Award and Cornell Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union Leadership Spotlight. His articles on Health Care Policy have been featured in the Cornell Daily Sun, Ithaca Journal and the USA Today. His favorite part about the Intergroup Dialogue Project is understanding the complexities of social identities and working together as a group for a sustainable change. After graduating from Cornell, he plans to attend medical school.
|Ashani Ranwala ’17
College of Arts and Sciences
Facilitator (Fall ’16)I believe that understanding each other’s social identities is essential to creating an equal and more just society. As a government major and FGSS minor, I study political, social and economic structures and how they impact marginalized communities. I became interested in Intergroup Dialogue Project during Spring 2016 when I was studying abroad in Amsterdam. Living abroad made me both more aware and unsure about my own identity as a political citizen and woman of color. Motivated by the polarizing political climate, I wanted to be a part of IDP to promote a culture of critical thinking and acceptance on campus. I am also involved in Cornell Mock Trial, the Cornell Public Service Center, Alternative Breaks, Sigma Delta Tau and an IES Abroad Ambassador. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in law or nonprofit management where I can be part of secondary education reform and building institutional support for marginalized communities.
|Hadar Sachs ’17
College of Architecture, Art & Planning
Facilitator for Race (Spring ’16)Hadar is an Urban and Regional Studies major with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies. Both within IDP and beyond, Hadar is interested in the ways we communicate difference to come together for a common cause. Whether in a participatory process designing a community space or working with students of differing backgrounds on an executive board, it is integral to understand our unique contributions to a group in order to achieve a particular goal. As a facilitator for a Race Dialogue in Spring 2016, Hadar enjoyed developing and utilizing the IDP language to cross difference productively with her co-facilitator and students. Becoming more adept at communicating aspects of her own identity has proven beneficial in personal, academic and professional realms of her life and she hopes to share that experience with others through continued work in the program.