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A multi-unit group supporting Cornell University's institutional diversity planning initiative.

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Cornell’s Toward New Destinations diversity initiatives framework requires colleges and administrative units to identify initiatives in support of the four core principles (composition, engagement, inclusion, and achievement) for their constituent groups.

During fiscal years 2016 and 2017, in conjunction with the University Diversity Council, our diversity committee directed learning and effort on the core principle of engagement, focusing on “The Lived Experience” of diversity, which aims to produce long-term changes in composition and to strengthen the impact of engagement. Out of this effort have come our plans for the 2017 and 2018 initiatives of “Diversity of Thought” and “Cultural Diversity Awareness.”

The strategic direction for the Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (ADI) Committee is provided by an executive team, which includes members of leadership from ADI’s participating units:

  • Joanne DeStefano, Executive Vice President and CFO
  • Gerald L. Hector, Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Treasurer
  • David Lifka, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Glen Mueller, University Auditor
  • Paul Streeter, Vice President for Budget and Planning
  • Kathy Zoner, Chief of Police, Cornell University Police Department
  • Christine Stallman, Associate Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety

The following individuals are members of the ADI Committee:

Organization Representatives
Administrative Human Resources Tammy Dibble, Director of HR for DFA, CIT, and University Audit
Cornell Information Technologies Sandra L. Boles, CIO Administration
Matt Klein, CIT Communications
Beth Goezler Lyons, CIT Communications
Cornell University Police Department Andrew Navarro, Police Officer
Division of Budget and Planning Sara Gibbons, Office of the Vice President for Budget and Planning
Division of Financial Affairs Joshua Adams, DFA Communications and University Policy
Chris Bennett, Office of the Vice President for Financial Affairs
Cindy Jefferson, Procurement and Payment Services
Jamie Parris, DFA Communications and University Policy
Jeffrey A. Silber, Sponsored Financial Services
Environmental Health and Safety Linda Aarismaa, Environmental Compliance
Office of the Dean of Faculty Pat Driscoll, President’s Office
Office of the Judicial Administrator
Office of the Ombudsman
Office of the President, including the Commencement Office
Office of the Provost
Office of University Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation Gloria Busse, Office of University Counsel
Kay Ford, Office of University Counsel
University Audit Office Nancy Preston, University Audit Office

Student Intern Planning Team

  • Cindy Jefferson (Procurement Services)
  • Taina Nilson (Office of the University Treasurer)
  • Carolann Saggese (Office of the University Treasurer)
  • Luise Yacono (Office of the CIO and VP for Information Technologies)

Communications Subcommittee Members

  • Cindy Jefferson (Procurement Services)
  • Matt Klein (CIT Communications)
  • Jamie Parris (DFA Communications)

Prior Members

  • Amber C. Aiken (CIO-CIT)
  • Tammy Babcock (CIT)
  • Jan Clayton (CIT)
  • Liz Field (CIT)
  • Jane Miller (Office of the President)
  • John Parker (CIT)
  • Margie Whiteleather (Cornell Store)

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