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