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Department and Unit Efforts

Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion

As of August 2020, every academic department and many programs within CALS have appointed Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion (also called LDIs) to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion activities are centered in all unit activities. The LDIs work closely with other unit leaders to review unit processes for faculty hiring and graduate admissions to ensure best practices as established by the CALS Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The LDIs are tasked with developing strategic plans for diversity and inclusion for their departments, forming diversity committees and leading those in the process of developing goals and action plans with appropriate monitoring and impact evaluation.

Service by a Leader for Diversity and Inclusion counts significantly toward tenure and promotion and those individuals are included as key members of unit leadership groups. The Diversity Leads Council supports training in diversity, equity and inclusion and builds a network for communication and collaboration across the college.

Below, see the LDIs for each CALS unit and related diversity, equity and inclusion department and unit webpages. 

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program

Troy Richardson
tar37 [at] (tar37[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Animal Science

Kristan Reed 
kfr3 [at] (kfr3[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Biological and Environmental Engineering

Dan Luo 
dl79 [at] (dl79[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Jennifer Majka
majka [at] (majka[at]cornell[dot]edu)


Diane Bailey
diane.bailey [at]

Computational Biology

Jason Mezey
jgm45 [at] (jgm45[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Cornell AgriTech

Anna Katharine Mansfield
akm87 [at] (akm87[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Cornell Botanic Gardens

Sonja Skelly
sms92 [at] (sms92[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Jennifer Harris
jch38 [at] (jch38[at]cornell[dot]edu)


Chris Corrigan
cmc572 [at]

Division of Nutritional Sciences

Marla Lujan
marla.lujan [at] (marla[dot]lujan[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Toby Ault   
tra38 [at] (tra38[at]cornell[dot]edu)


Natalie Mahowald
mahowald [at] (mahowald[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Jeremy Searle
jbs295 [at] (jbs295[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Megan Ann Greischar
megan.greischar [at] (megan[dot]greischar[at]cornell[dot]edu)


Katja Poveda
kap235 [at] (kap235[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Food Science

Gavin Sachs gls9 [at]
Ann Vegdahl acv45 [at]

Global Development

Scott Peters
sp236 [at] (sp236[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Landscape Architecture

Jennifer Birkeland
jb2597 [at] (jb2597[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Mann Library

Erica Johns
emj73 [at] (emj73[at]cornell[dot]edu)


Ian Hewson
hewson [at] (hewson[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Linda Nicholson
lkn2 [at] (kn2[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Natural Resources and the Environment

Nina Overgaard Therkildsen
nt246 [at] (nt246[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Neurobiology and Behavior

Ron Harris-Warrick
rmh4 [at] (rmh4[at]cornell[dot]edu)

New York Sea Grant

School of Integrative Plant Science

Chris Smart
cds14 [at] 


Tom Silva
ts21 [at] (ts21[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Shoals Marine Laboratory

Jennifer Seavey
jrs583 [at] (jrs583[at]cornell[dot]edu)