Greta Kenney Takaoka
Associate Dean of Students & Director, Women's Resource Center
Greta Kenney Takaoka joined Cornell as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Women’s Resource Center in February of 2019. In her role, she provides strategic leadership for the Women’s Resource Center, fosters collaborative partnerships with campus and community stakeholders, implements identity-conscious leadership develop programming for women and gender marginalized students, facilitates diversity education trainings and workshops, serves as a crisis manager and confidential victim advocate, and advises student organizations. She also serves as co-chair of Cornell’s Bias Assessment and Review Team (BART).
Most recently, she was the Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she directed orientation programs for first-gen, low-income, students of color; advised several identity-based student organizations, implemented institutional wide diversity and inclusion professional development for faculty and staff; provided high-level strategic diversity consultation to HR, the President’s Office, and Title IX, and also taught courses in the Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Departments. Before her work in higher education, Greta worked in the non-profit sector as a gender-based violence case manager, advocate, and educator. Greta earned her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Connecticut and her M.Phil in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She lives in Ithaca with her wife and two teenage sons.