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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
  • William Sibert, Associate Vice President and University Controller
  • Michelle Benedict-Jones, University Treasurer
  • Simon Allen, Associate Vice President for Asset Management
  • David Lifka, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Glen Mueller, University Auditor
  • Paul Streeter, Vice President for Budget and Planning
  • Dave Honan, 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 Justin Haines, Patrol Officer
Division of Budget and Planning Sara Gibbons, Office of the Vice President for Budget and Planning
Division of Financial Affairs Chris Bennett, Office of the Vice President for Financial Affairs
Cindy Jefferson, Procurement and Payment Services
Jamie Parris, DFA Communications
Jeffrey A. Silber, Sponsored Financial Services
Environment, Health and Safety Agnes Morris, EHS Administration
Joshua Adams, University Policy Office
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)
  • Carolann Saggese (Office of the University Treasurer)
  • Luise Yacono (Office of the CIO and VP for Information Technologies)
  • Nancy Preston (University Audit Office)
  • Cindy Wagner (Information Technologies)
  • Jilene DeMont (University Audit Office)

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)
  • Linda Aarismaa (EHS)
  • Lisa Van Horn (CU Police)
  • Andrew Navarro (CU Police)
  • Taina Nilson (Office of the University Treasurer)

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If you have feedback or questions about this initiative, email us at adi@cornell.edu.

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