Meet the Team

Prof. David Bindel (He/Him)

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)

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.

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.

Nirmal Selva Srinivasan (He, Him)

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

Email Address: ns757@cornell.edu 

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

Degree Program: Applied Statistics, MPS

Areas of Interest: Multigenerational Workforce & Culture

Favorite Quote: “We don’t want to tell our dreams. We want to show them.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

Fun Fact: Die-hard sports fan. Prefers studying in a noisy environment rather than a silent one.

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.

Sophia Song (She, Her)

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

Email Address: ys455@cornell.edu 

Responsibilities: Assists in the marketing and promotion 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.