The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) is located at 200 Computing & Communications Center (CCC). Please stop by to see what OADI has to offer.
CCC building is located on the west end of the AG Quad.
Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives
200 Computing & Communications Center (CCC)
235 Garden Ave
Ithaca, NY 14853
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
|A.T. Miller - Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity
A.T. Miller came to Cornell as Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity in July of 2011. He served as Faculty Director of the Center for Global and Intercultural Study and Coordinator of Multicultural Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan from 2000-2011, and Director of Africana Studies at Union College from 1992-2000. He received his PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and his A.B. from Davidson College in North Carolina. In addition to his commitments to social justice, AT is also a musician and poet.
|William "Woodg" Horning - Associate Director, OADI; Director, Student Opportunity Programs
Woodg has his B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and his M.P.S. in Community and Rural Development from Cornell. He has worked at Cornell for over 10 years; OADI and NYS Opportunity Programs since 2007. He has a great passion for music and motorcycles.
|Risë Nelson Burrow - Assistant Director, OADI; Director, Student Success Programs
In Risë's work in Multicultural Affairs, she strives to motivate all members of the university community to work towards a genuine exploration of and commitment to social justice. Her personal experiences as an underrepresented high school student inspired her to pursue a career in Multicultural Affairs.
|Tremayne "Trey" Waller - Director, McNair Scholars Program, OADI
Trey was previously the Associate Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering and he also worked as the Associate Director of Advising and Diversity in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He received a B.S. in Liberal Arts Education from Averett University and M.S. in Counseling from Radford University. He completed is PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. His credo in life is best stated by Alma Androzzo’s quote “if I can help somebody, as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”
| Vanessa Lillard - Assistant Director, NYS Opportunity Programs
Vanessa has been in the Opportunity Program family for over 19 years. She cannot envision herself doing anything more rewarding than assisting and encouraging talented and motivated students. Opportunity Programs are truly a gift—not only for students, but also for staff members. She is very grateful to be a part of something so wonderful.
|Maria Montesano- Counselor, NYS Opportunity Programs
Maria has been serving students at Cornell for almost 12 years. She especially enjoys working with first-year and transfer students. She is familiar with many resources on-campus and specializes in coordinating special events and programs for the department.
|Ricardo Gonzalez - Programs Advisor & Coordinator, Pre Professional Programs, OADI
Originally from Texas, Ricardo earned his B.A. in Politics and Sociology from Oberlin College. He believes student success is an important part of development in college, and he enjoys working with students to make that a reality. He has been with Cornell since 2008 and enjoys the snow in upstate New York.
|Tatiá Haywood - Program Coordinator, Community Development and Social Justice Programming, OADI
Tatiá received her B.A in Literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her M.A in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from New York University. She believes that "Success is not a destination, but instead it is a journey." She absolutely loves being a role model for students and hopes that her journey will inspire and empower them to continue pursuing and achieving their goals.
|Brandon Senior - Counselor, NYS Opportunity Programs
Brandon has worked with the Higher Education Opportunity Program during his undergraduate and graduate tenures. He has always had a passion for uplifting and guiding student to their full potential academically, professionally, and socially. He believes to achieve this; students must take ownership of their college experience en route to success beyond Cornell.
|Daniel Lupa - Counselor, McNair Scholars Program, OADI
Dan has his B.S. in Business Administration and M.S. in Counseling Services from SUNY Oswego. His passion to support and challenge students through their academic pursuits is fueled by his own experience participating in the McNair program as a first-generation / low income undergraduate student. He also has prior years of experience in counseling roles and as a McNair Program Coordinator. Dan enjoys outdoor activities and hands-on projects.
|Jarrel Johnson - Program Manager, Posse Program, OADI
Jarrel is wholeheartedly committed to serving students from multicultural backgrounds and is an advocate for social justice. He is extremely compassionate about investing in the lives of scholars through mentorship and producing positive, effective programming. His educational background includes a B.A. in English, Shaw University; M.S. in Entertainment Business, Fullsail University; and M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership, Mercer University.
|Cathi Sullivan - Executive Staff Assistant
Cathi began her career at Cornell in 2006, working in Human Resources, and joined the staff of OADI in July, 2011.
|Carol Raymond - Administrative Assistant, NYS Opportunity Programs
Carol provides administrative support for the HEOP and EOP programs at Cornell. She has been with the university for several years
|Vikki Hammond - Administrative Assistant, OADI
|Shuo Zhang - Graduate Research Assistant for A.T. Miller
Shuo has been Associate Vice Provost Miller's graduate research assistant since fall 2011. Originally from China, she is currently a PhD student in the sociology department.
|Jasmine C. Davis - Graduate Assistant for Risë Nelson Burrow
Jasmine works with the Assistant Director as a graduate research and scholarship assistant. She has a B.A. in Urban Planning and Certification in Forensic Health from SUNY Binghamton University. She is currently a graduate student in the Sloan Program of Health Administration, pursuing a Masters in Health Administration. Her main objective in life is to improve the lives of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
|Prabhat Gautam - Graduate Assistant for Vanessa Lillard
Prabhat is a graduate assistant for Vanessa Lillard in NYS Opportunity Programs. Originally from Nepal, he earned his B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Kenyon College and is currently a graduate student at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, pursuing his Masters in Public Administration.
|Benjamin Garcia - Graduate Assistant for Tatiá Haywood
Ben is a graduate assistant for Tatiá Haywood in Community Development and Social Justice (CDSJ) Programming at OADI. He has a B.S. from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management with concentrations in accounting and strategy and is currently a graduate student in the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), pursuing a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management. Ben is a firm believer in “lifting as you climb”, and is passionate about diversity and sustainability initiatives.
Back Row (left to right): Edwin Rosendo '15, Kendrick Coq '15, Kelvin Polanco '15, Shaveena Rowe '13, Catherine Pimentel '13
Front Row (left to right): , Elsie Liaros '14, A'ngelique Edwards '13, Devika Paul '14, Jasmine Cotrich
Not Pictured - Jillian Harmon '15, Alyssa Banks '14, Jessica Barragan '15