Meet the Team

Prof. David Bindel (He/Him/His)

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Email Address: bindel@cornell.edu

Office Location: Gates 425

Responsibilities: Ensures the college’s commitment to building an inclusive environment where faculty, staff, and students feel a sense of belonging for their unique contributions to excellence.

Professional Interests: Applied mathematics and scientific computing

Favorite Quote: “Once accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinion.” – Grace Hopper

Fun Fact: Collects fountain pens.

Dr. LeeAnn Roberts (She/Her/Hers)

Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Office Location: Rhodes 526 (T-F on campus, M remote)

 

Responsibilities: Collaborate with collegiate, corporate, and community partners to broaden the participation of marginalized populations and promote a cultural climate that celebrates diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Professional Interests: Diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, justice, cultural competence, intersectionality, religious and spiritual beliefs, mindfulness and meditation practices, academic success, career development, and personal branding.

Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

Fun Fact: Enjoys reading books, watching Golden Girls, discovering great deals, praying for others, and spending time with family.

Cass D’Amato (She/Her/Hers)

Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Email Address: crd223@cornell.edu 

Office Location: Rhodes 521A (M, T, Th, F on campus, W remote)

Responsibilities: Manages the execution, marketing, and logistics associated with Cornell Bowers CIS DEI student programs, events, and services. Supports recruitment initiatives, community engagement activities, and professional development sessions for faculty and staff members. 

Professional Interests: Equity, Accessibility, Neurodiversity, Culture, and Educational Content Creation.

Favorite Quote: “If you only read the books that everyone is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking” – Haruki Murakami

Fun Fact: Adopted two amazing cats from the Cornell Vet School, loves anything to do with stationery, and has lived 5 different states up and down the east coast.

Suvadip Sana (He, Him, His)

Graduate Project Specialist/Graduate Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: ss2776@cornell.edu

Responsibilities: Serve on Cornell Bowers CIS DEI committees and council meetings. Assists in the promotion, coordination, and facilitation of program, events, and services for Cornell Bowers CIS graduate students. Contributes to the research, data collection, analysis, and reporting for Cornell Bowers CIS DEI’s programs, events, and services.

Degree Program: Statistics (PhD)  

Areas of Interest: Multigenerational Workforce, Gender Equality, and Cultural Diversity.

Favorite Quote: “The greatest glory in the living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall” – Nelson Mandela

Fun Fact: Loves playing soccer, cooking, and exploring various activities outside of his comfort zone.

Gwynne Richardson (She, Her, Hers)

Graduate Project Specialist/Graduate Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: gar234@cornell.edu

Responsibilities: Serve on Cornell Bowers CIS DEI committees and council meetings. Assists in the promotion, coordination, and facilitation of program, events, and services for Cornell Bowers CIS graduate students. Contributes to the research, data collection, analysis, and reporting for Cornell Bowers CIS DEI’s programs, events, and services.

Degree Program: Information Science (MPS)  

Areas of Interest: Culture, Race, and Religious Beliefs

Favorite Quote: “The measure of who we are…is what we do with what we have” – Vince Lombardi

Fun Fact: Enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading.

Salma Hazimeh (She, Her, Hers)

Event Assistant/Undergraduate Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: sh999@cornell.edu 

Responsibilities: Assists in the design, promotion, and coordination of annual events to enhance the undergraduate experience in Cornell Bowers CIS. Maintains collaborative partnerships with student organizations to facilitate DEIB presentations and events.

Degree Program: Information Science, Sociology  

Areas of Interest: Multigenerational Workforce, First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) Support, and Gender Equality

Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  – Maya Angelou

Fun Fact: Loves trying new food, going on runs, and thrift shopping!

Sophia Song (She, Her, Hers)

Communications Assistant/Undergraduate Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: ys455@cornell.edu 

Responsibilities: Assists in the design, promotion, and coordination of annual events to enhance the undergraduate experience in Cornell Bowers CIS. Maintains collaborative partnerships with student organizations to facilitate DEIB presentations and events.

Degree Program: Communication

Areas of Interest: Gender Equality, Spiritual Beliefs, and LGBTQ+

Favorite Quote: “Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy” -Sigmund Freud

Fun Fact: Loves music, nature, and animals. Is in the process of composing her own songs and hosting a live house or mini concert in the future.