A commitment to not only educating but serving diverse communities is central to the mission of all academic institutions. In spite of this, we have historically failed to live up to this ideal. Hostile learning environments, lack of role models, and systematic barriers continue to make students, particularly underrepresented students, feel as if though they do not belong in our community. As a queer woman of color, I have witnessed firsthand how universities can both support or fail to include students. It is our responsibility, as those who hold power within academic communities, to advocate for the creation and support of inclusive, accessible spaces for all students, faculty, and staff. While at Cornell, I have engaged in a variety of service, professional development, and outreach-related activities in support of this goal.

Leadership Activities & Service

Cornell University Internal Mental Health Review Committee2019 - 2020
Cornell University Graduate and Professional Student-Elected Trustee2018 - 2020
Cornell University Computational Biology Graduate Student Invited Seminar Speaker Host2019
Cornell University Coalition on Mental Health Member2018 - 2020
Ivy+ Graduate and Professional Student Summit Organizing Committee Co-Chair2018
Cornell University Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Executive Vice-President2017 - 2018
Cornell University Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Vice President for Communications2016 - 2017
Cornell University University Assembly Graduate Representative2016 - 2017
Cornell University Computational Biology Graduate Student Association Founder & President2016 - 2018

Professional Development

Cornell University NextGen Professor’s Program2019 - 2020
Cornell University’s Future Professor’s Institute: Advancing Diversity in the Academy2019
Cornell University Intergroup Dialogue Project2018
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop Cornell University Delegate2018
Cornell University Colman Leadership Program for PhD Students2017


Cornell University Expanding Your Horizons Demo Lead2019