Meet the Team

Prof. Hakim Weatherspoon (He/Him)

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Email Address: hw228@cornell.edu 

Office Location: Gates 427

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: Information systems, distributed systems, network systems, and peer-to-peer systems.

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Dr. LeeAnn Roberts (She/Her)

Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Office Location: Rhodes 526 (W – F on campus, M &T 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.

Maranda Miller (She/Her)

Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Email Address: mm3296@cornell.edu 

Office Location: Rhodes 524 (T – F on campus, M remote)

 

Responsibilities: Manages the development, administration, and evaluation of diverse, equitable, and inclusive programming for faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Provides assistance in the expansion of collaborative partnerships and reconciliation of internal budgets. Oversees the onboarding and supervision of undergraduate and graduate student employees.

Professional Interests: STEM education, social justice, mathematics anxiety, intersectionality, environment+sustainable living, and advocacy.

Favorite Quote: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

Fun Fact: Born and raised in Kentucky. Loves gardening, being outdoors with her children, and watching movies.

Qianqian “Amy” Huang (She/Her)

Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Email Address: qh94@cornell.edu

Office Location: Rhodes 528 (M – Th on campus, F remote)

 

Responsibilities: Supports in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of graduate student programming. Provides assistance in the administrative needs of the office, reconciliation of internal budgets, data processing, and information management

Professional Interests: Gender equality, international presence, culture, race, LGBTQ+, neurodiversity, and mental health.

Favorite Quote: “The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Fun Fact: Taught herself how to cartwheel at age 6, and can still do it to this day. Loves bullet journalling, TTRPGs (table top role playing game), collecting stickers, crafting, checking out garage sales, and hunting for good boba spots.

David Esparza (He, Him)

Strategy and Transformation Specialist 

Email Address: de245@cornell.edu

Responsibilities:  Supports the annual review of the office’s strategic plan. Translates organizational goals to high-impact deliverables for student recruitment, retention, and graduation.

Degree Program: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D. Candidate

Areas of Interest: Racial equity and justice; gender equity; ability status inclusivity; and educational accessibility

Favorite Quote: “What you want is just outside your reach; You keep on searching.” – Martin Courtney 

Fun Fact: Enjoys film photography, movies, live music, birding, singing, and spending time with friends in the outdoors.

Doris Liu (She, Her)

Data Analyst/Graduate Ambassador for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Email Address: hl2324@cornell.edu 

Responsibilities: Contributes to the development, coordination, data collection, and analysis for student-centered programs, events, and services. 

Degree Program: Applied Statistics and Data Science, MPS

Areas of Interest: Gender equality; racial and social disparities in climate change

Favorite Quote: “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Fun Fact: At 17, she traveled alone to three different states.

Setor Kudiabor (He, Him)

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

Email Address: kek265@cornell.edu 

Responsibilities: Assists in the design 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: Computer Science

Areas of Interest: Culture, Race, and Gender Equality

Favorite Quote: “Tough times never last. Tough people do.” – Robert Schuller

Fun Fact: Enjoys watching/playing football (soccer) and hanging out with friends.

Jamison Lee Taylor, Jr. (He, Him)

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

Email Address: jlt243@cornell.edu 

Responsibilities: Assists in the design 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: Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Interest: Psychology, Physical Health, and Culture

Favorite Quote: “For things to change, you have to change.” – Jim Rohn

Fun Fact: Enjoys meeting new people, reading self help/success based books, watching anime, and doing his own hair.