Towards New Destinations, an open house Oct. 13, will recognize the appointments of three high-level leaders in diversity and celebrate the opening of two diversity units -- the Cornell Intercultural Center and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI).
The event will begin at OADI, 4-4:30 p.m., at 200 Computing and Communications Center, the office suite of A.T. Miller, the new associate vice provost for academic diversity initiatives. Miller oversees the New York State Opportunity Programs office and works with partners across campus to promote academic achievement, with a focus on students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as low-income and first-generation college students.
Following a procession to the Cornell Intercultural Center at 626 Thurston Ave., 4:30-5 p.m., festivities will continue there, 5-6 p.m. Provost Kent Fuchs and Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy will speak, followed by student entertainment, light refreshments and building tours of the newly renovated building.
The Cornell Intercultural Center houses the offices of Renee Alexander, associate dean of students/director of intercultural programs, who oversees the student life components of cross-cultural and diversity programming; the Asian/Asian American Center; the African Latino Asian Native American Students Programming Board; and the Alumni-Student Mentoring Program. The building is also the new home of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center.
Sheri Notaro, the new associate dean for inclusion and professional development in the Graduate School, held a welcoming reception for graduate students Sept. 1 at the Physical Sciences Building atrium. Notaro works to enhance the academic and professional development of graduate and professional students, focusing on groups historically underrepresented in graduate education.