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Marin Cherry, undergraduate program coordinator in the Department of Food Science, received the Core Value Staff Award for Inclusive Environment at a ceremony Nov. 5 celebrating research, extension and staff excellence at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The award recognizes contributions to an inclusive environment by communicating across differences to create a collaborative, collegial and caring community, showing respect, compassion and empathy for others, even in difficult situations, and is cooperative, open and welcoming to all.

Cherry is a key player in the department’s efforts to provide an inclusive environment, especially for students. She is often the first person students turn to when facing academic or personal challenges. With an empathetic and compassionate approach, she offers advice where appropriate or refers students to other resources.

One student called Marin “a savior” in helping him navigate the Cornell experience. Cherry understands the unique needs of transfer students, veterans or career-changers, and helps them transition to Cornell, said Kathryn J. Boor '80, the Ronald P. Lynch of CALS. 

"Marin, please accept my thanks for supporting Cornell’s enduring commitment to being a caring and inclusive community," said Boor. 

► Meet all of our 2018 Research, Extension and Staff Award winners

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