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Student Development Diversity Initiatives

Welcome to Student Development Diversity Initiatives! Our mission is to support students in the development of their social and cultural identities, empower, educate and support students to carry out the work they are most passionate about, and strive towards equity for all students. We do that through carrying out events, supporting more than 150 student organizations, advising key programs and organizations, promoting peer to peer mentorship, and much more.

We are staffed Monday through Friday. Come see us soon – we look forward to meeting you!

SDDI-advised student organizations:

  • The Latinx Ivy League Conference
  • Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service Peer Mentorship Program -- (B.O.S.S. - #beBOSSy)
  • Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate Men’s Mentorship Program (SWAG)
  • ALANA Intercultural Board — umbrella organization for all race and ethnicity based organizations on campus, including Black Students United, Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union, La Asociación Latina, The Minority Concert Finance Advisory Board, Native American Students at Cornell, and the South Asian Council – and over 150 more student organizations!

Additional opportunities: collaborative student/staff projects that meet SDDI’s mission and help you build professional skills

Mission: The mission of Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI) is to support students in the development of their social and cultural identities. We are proud to carry out identity work with a focus on race and ethnicity where we consciously embrace the intersectionality of our students’ identities, including gender, sexuality, ability, class, and first generation status.

Meet the Team

Patricia Gonzalez

Patricia Gonzalez

Assistant Director for Student Development Diversity Initiatives
pg382@cornell.edu
(607) 255-3270

Patricia Gonzalez, the new Assistant Director for Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI), comes to us from Emory & Henry College (E&H) in Emory, VA, where she served as the inaugural Director of Inclusion & Diversity at the Inclusion & Dialogue Center. In this capacity, she participated in the Retention Committee, Russell Scholars Committee, and developed programming and trainings centered on promoting inclusive and safe spaces on campus for students, faculty, and staff. Moreover, Patricia was instrumental in founding and serving as an adviser to the Multicultural Student Association. Prior to her time at E&H, she served as Programming Coordinator and Co-Greek adviser at New York Institute of Technology, where she co-founded Common Ground Series, advised various student groups including: the Student Programming Association, Student Government Association, and Greek Council. Furthermore, she also served as Site Coordinator and Servant Leader with Community Coalition’s CDF Freedom School Site at the University of Southern California and as a College Adviser & GEAR UP Mentor with Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania College Advising Corps. She holds a M.A. in Higher & Postsecondary education and Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Government and Philosophy from Franklin & Marshall College. Currently, Patricia is pursuing a doctorate of education with Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in Organizational Change & Leadership.

As a first generation graduate, Patricia is passionate in her commitment to using social justice as a platform to increase equity in college campuses, uplifting and empowering students beyond their circumstances, maximizing individual student performance; efforts to increase retention and persistence, and instilling self-worth and sense of belonging among all students.

 

SDDI Student Organizations

To be registered as an SDDI organization and be eligible for SDDI student organization funding, your organization's mission and cornerstone events must align with our work to strive towards social, cultural, and educational equity for all students on campus.Your organization must also attend and table at the SDDI student organization fair and attend a mandatory organizational and financial management training at the beginning of the fall semester. To receive information about those events in fall 2018, please make sure to follow us on FB!

SDDI-advised student organizations:

Registered SDDI Student Organizations:

  • ALANA INTERCULTURAL BOARD
  • ALPHA KAPPA DELTA PHI INTERNATIONAL SORORITY, INC.
  • ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
  • ASHA CORNELL
  • BARAKA KWA WIMBO
  • BLACK BIO MEDICAL AND TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION (BBMTA)
  • BLACK ENTREPENEURS IN TRAINING
  • BLACK IVY PRE-LAW SOCIETY
  • BLACK STUDENTS UNITED (BSU)
  • BLACK WOMEN SUPPORT NETWORK (BWSN)
  • BUILDING OURSEVES THROUGH SISTERHOOD AND SERVICE (BOSS)
  • CHINESE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
  • COALITION OF PAN AFRICAN SCHOLARS
  • CORNELL ANJALI
  • CORNELL ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT UNION (CAPSU)
  • CORNELL BHANGRA
  • CORNELL BIG RED RAAS
  • CORNELL BUSINESS ANALYTICS
  • CORNELL CHINESE DRAMA SOCIETY
  • CORNELL CLUB OF TAIWAN
  • CORNELL FILIPINO ASSOCIATION
  • CORNELL INDIA ASSOCIATION
  • CORNELL INDONESIAN ASSOCIATION
  • CORNELL KENDO CLUB
  • CORNELL LENDING LIBRARY
  • CORNELL STUDENTS FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS
  • CORNELL TARANA
  • CORNELL UNIVERSITY DEMOCRATS
  • CUBAN AMERICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION
  • DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
  • DYSON STUDENTS OF COLOR COALITION
  • E.MOTION
  • FIRST GEN STUDENT UNION (FGSU)
  • GHANAIANS AT CORNELL
  • HAITIAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
  • HANCHUM KOREAN TRADITIONAL DANCE CLUB
  • HAVEN: CORNELL’S LGBTQ STUDENT UNION
  • HINDU STUDENT COUNCIL
  • ILLUMINATIONS CHINESE DANCE TROUPE
  • LA ASOCIACION LATINA (LAL)
  • LA UNIDAD LATINA/LAMBDA UPSILON LAMBDA FRATERNITY INC
  • LAMBDA PHI EPSILON
  • LATINAS PROMOVIENDO COMUNIDAD/LAMBDA PI CHI
  • LINK
  • MAINLAND CHINA STUDENT ASSOCIATION
  • MALIK FRATERNITY, INC.
  • MECHA
  • MINORITY ANIMAL SCIENCE STUDENTS
  • MINORITY ILR STUDENT ORGANIZATION
  • NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS AT CORNELL (NASAC)
  • OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC.
  • PHENOMENON STEP TEAM
  • PI DELTA PSI FRATERNITY, INC.
  • PRE-MEDICAL MINORITY MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (PREM3)
  • QUISQUEYA
  • SCHOLARS WORKING AMBITIOUSLY TO GRADUATE (SWAG)
  • SIGMA LAMBDA UPSILON/SEÑORITAS LATINAS UNIDAS SORORITY
  • SOCIETY FOR INDIA
  • SOUTH ASIAN COUNCIL
  • SSTUDENTS AGAINST SEXUAL SOLICITATION OF YOUTH (SASSY)
  • THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS (NSBE)
  • URBAN BLAZE
  • WANAWAKE WA WARI
  • WOCC