Teaching Team

The Teaching Team is composed of the coaches who guide and support the EDUC 2610 facilitators and students on their semester-long journey.

Alexis Wilson

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2019

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I am an Environmental Science and Sustainability major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, concentrating in Biogeochemistry, with a minor in Climate Change. Aligning with my interest in the environment, I am an active member of the campus organization, The Society for Natural Resource Conservation. Additionally, I am a Hunter Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar, through which I conduct research in the Fahey-Yavitt laboratory. I am also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. My involvement in the Intergroup Dialogue Project, both as a participant and facilitator, has opened my eyes to important aspects of society previously unexplored and I hope to continue my work towards social justice well into the future. In the future I plan to pursue a PhD in the environmental sciences, have a career conducting research on Climate Change, and combat environmental injustice around the world.

Rachel Sumner, Ph.D.

Associate Director

After completing her B.A. at William Smith College Rachel worked as a research assistant on a longitudinal study testing a social psychological intervention aimed at reducing the racial achievement gap in middle school. Rachel completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Cornell with a dissertation exploring the development of purpose in life and identity among college students and adults. Rachel then spent a year doing research and evaluation at a nonprofit organization, supporting after-school program providers in New York City, Newark, and Las Vegas in their efforts to use data in goal-setting and decision-making processes. In 2016 Rachel returned to Cornell as a postdoctoral associate in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. In that role she collaborated with researchers and youth work practitioners to investigate how youth programs promote adolescents cultivating their own identities and purpose. In January 2017 Rachel participated in the second IDP session for graduate/professional students and postdocs, after which she served as a co-facilitator and coach assisting with IDP’s offerings for Cornell students, faculty, and staff.

Jazlin Gomez, M.P.A.

Intergroup Dialogue Pedagogy Specialist

Jazlin was first introduced to IDP as an undergraduate at Cornell, and since then has been a facilitator, coach, curriculum developer, and student engagement coordinator. Jazlin studied inequality through majors in Sociology, English, and Performing and Media Arts as an undergraduate, and went on to complete her MPA in Human Rights and Social Justice at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. As IDP’s pedagogy specialist, Jazlin is responsible for providing leadership and implementation of Intergroup Dialogue programs for a wide range of campus constituents. She is also the co-instructor for EDUC 2610 (Intergroup Dialogue) and for our course for graduate students. She supports our training and curriculum development for student facilitators.

Calvin Schuster

College of Arts and Sciences, 2019

Born and raised south of Boston, MA I am a senior Biological Sciences major and Creative Writing minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. I began my involvement with Intergroup Dialogue when I took a gender dialogue Fall semester of my junior year. I knew right away that I had to continue working with IDP and I have since facilitated a race dialogue and several workshops. Now I am incredibly excited to join the teaching team this semester as a coach! On campus I also work as a Student Assistant (SA) in Becker House, advise freshmen as a Biology Advisor, and conduct research in the Kotlikoff Lab. In my free time I enjoy going to local film festivals when they pop up, trying new food places in the Commons, and bothering my friends with frequent conversations about intersectionality and systemic inequity.

Aaron King

Coach

With over a decade of experience supporting college student learning and development, I joined Cornell as Assistant Dean at William Keeton House. Prior to Cornell Big Red, my academic and professional journey has been filled with many other colors (i.e., NYU Violets, Stanford Cardinal, & Harvard Crimson) and animals, including a full Wizard of Oz journey (i.e., Mount Holyoke Lyons, Princeton Tigers, & Central Arkansas Bears) – oh my! My academic alphabet soup includes an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration, and a B.S. in Psychology. My research and professional interests include psychology in educational contexts, identity development (including multiracial and transracial adoptee experiences), intergroup dialogue, and college access and inclusion. Other experiences have included driving tractors and hauling hay in Arkansas, landscaping and ranch work in Colorado, running marathons across the country, and making flaming onion volcanoes as a teppanyaki (aka hibachi) chef. Outside of the office, you might catch me cheering on Big Red, playing basketball, attending a lecture, running throughout the finger lakes area, at a thrift shop (always on the lookout for a thrift shop find!), or with my family around the Cornell campus.

Stephen Kim, Ph.D. Candidate

Residential Community Specialist

Stephen Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in English with minor fields in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Science & Technology Studies, and American Studies. He is also a Graduate Resident Fellow for Hans Bethe House in Cornell’s West Campus House System. He became involved with IDP after Cornell’s first IDP session for graduate/professional students and postdocs. He has facilitated the graduate course, designed a two-day training module for residential staff, coached undergraduate facilitators, and incorporated IDP into both his teaching and his dissertation research. He is excited to work in his new role as IDP’s designated support person for residential communities. He completed his B.A. at Yale University in English and Philosophy.