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.

Gina Hyjek (She/Her/Hers)

Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Email Address: gmm66@cornell.edu

Office Location: Rhodes 524 (M-Th on campus, F remote)

Responsibilities: Manages the execution, marketing, and logistics associated with Cornell Bowers CIS DEI programs, events, and services. Supports tracking budgetary expenditures, consultation sessions, and student funding distributions.

Professional Interests: Organizing, socializing, networking, and coordinating events.

Favorite Quote: “People are about as incredible as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Fun Fact: Loves traveling, crystal healing/energy, cooking, canning, and adoring her two fur-babies, Riggs and Jax.

Sean Sanchez (He/Him/His)

Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: ss2778@cornell.edu

Major: Computer Science   

Area of Interest: Ending unequal access and opportunity

Favorite Quote: “New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Fun Fact: Loves to write music and has recently released his first track called “Wish U Better”! More is coming soon, but you can find him on your favorite streaming platform under Chancho!

Sneha Nagarajan (She/Her/Hers)

Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: sn583@cornell.edu

Major: Computer Science       
Minor: Business

Area of Interest: Gender Equality  

Favorite Quote: “Remember that once you dreamed of being where you are now.” – Unknown

Fun Fact: An active member of Cornell Bhangra — an Indian Dance Team.

Joseph Agaba Agaba (He, Him, His)

Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: jaa345@cornell.edu

Major: Computer Science  

Areas of Interest: Underrepresented minorities and first-generation students

Favorite Quote: “Keep moving forward.” – Scott Mescudi

Fun Fact: Learned how to juggle during the first quarantine dinner which has led to it becoming a tradition anytime oranges are around. Loves to play video games and learn technology.