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.

Ai Baba

History , PhD Candidate

Hello! I am a PhD candidate in History studying the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and sexuality in modern Japan. I chose to take the IDP course and become a facilitator, because I realized (as both a student and a teacher) how important an inclusive and supportive environment is for one to succeed, and wanted to contribute to fostering such a campus climate. Currently, I act as an officer of the East Asia Program’s Graduate Student Steering Committee on campus, and off-campus, I volunteer with the Ace Census Survey Team and as an editor of the online journal, The Asexual. Utilizing the skills I gained through the IDP, I aspire to continue doing diversity work in the future.

Alex Lenoble

Romance Studies, MA

I am contributing to an ongoing qualitative data project examining themes that emerge across EDUC 2610 students’ reflection papers. I found out about IDP in Summer 2017. Since then I have been involved with the program in various capacities. I facilitate workshops, work with the IDP research team and I will be co-facilitating the IDP session for graduate/professional students and postdocs. I am also a PhD Candidate in the Romance Studies Department and a Teaching Assistant in the Africana Studies Department. My teaching experience and research interests include postcolonial and critical race theory, trauma studies and Caribbean literature. Because of my teaching and research interests and my personal experience of identifying as a white transgender man, I consider my responsibility to contribute to the development of dialogue between different communities and social identities in the classroom and beyond.

Emily Miller

Master's Student, College of Human Ecology

I am a former elementary school teacher who decided to return to graduate school to study educational inequality. As a teacher, I collaborated with colleagues, families and community members to address social justice issues, and so I was very glad to find IDP here at Cornell! I am inspired by their work to promote meaningful communication across differences as a foundation for lasting change. I look forward to working with other members of the IDP team to facilitate difficult and necessary conversations with the larger Cornell community. — Emily Miller Human Development, Master’s Student

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.