- Ithaca, NY
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Cornell Woodson's Bio:
Cornell F. Woodson has spent his short career in education working with underrepresented groups and developing social justice initiatives to engage communities in tough conversations about the social issues that impact our society. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication Management and Design from Ithaca College in 2009 and a Masters in Education with an emphasis on social justice from the University of Vermont in 2013. Cornell has worked for the Atlanta Public Schools teaching 9th-12th grade English and New York University as a Program Administrator in the Center for Multicultural Education & Programs.
He has been invited to facilitate workshops on diversity and inclusion at Ithaca College, New York University, Hobart & Williams Smith Colleges, Columbia University, the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, and the Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County. Cornell believes that authentic dialogue, reflection on our identities, and an understanding of our history are key to creating a more inclusive environment.
Cornell is currently the Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He really enjoys watching how people react to learning that his name is Cornell and that he works at Cornell!
Cornell Woodson's Experience:
Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion at Cornell University - ILR SchoolFebruary 2015 - Present | Ithaca, NY
Provide academic advising and counseling to ILR undergraduate students. Develop diversity and inclusion initiatives for ILR students. Collaborate with colleagues in other Cornell colleges/offices, including Alumni Affairs and Development, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Career Services, New York State Office of Programs, Learning Strategies Center. Coordinate ILR’s role in the Pre Freshman Summer Program (PSP). Serve on the college’s Diversity Council. Advise the Minority ILR Student Organization (MILRSO). Review applications to the school and serve on the Admissions Committee. Represent ILR at university-wide diversity meetings. Advise the Dean on pursuing “Toward New Destination” (diversity and inclusion goals). Collaborate with ILR Human Resources on diversity and inclusion programming opportunities for faculty and staff. Co-supervise one full-time staff member. Oversee budgets related to diversity and inclusion programs.
Program Administrator at New York UniversityJuly 2013 - January 2015 | New York, New York
Manage a portfolio of 6 yearly university wide events with a focus on topics, such as: gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, economic status, and international issues Supervise a Graduate Assistant, two Office Assistants and an intern in order to help them develop core professional competencies Oversee a yearly program budget of $20,000 Network and collaborate with various offices across the university on large scale programs Design new and engaging programming that educates the campus community and supports the overall center's goals Maintain external connections to foster initiatives that will benefit our student population
Coordinator of Conference Calls at Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource ProfessionalsJanuary 2012
Coordinate monthly professional development conference calls for 300 + members Solicit ideas for diverse topics, recruit facilitators, and create marketing for conference calls Evaluate and establish programmatic goals for future improvement
Young Alumni National Chair of the Ithaca Fund at Ithaca CollegeNovember 2011
Represent and provide leadership support for the Ithaca Fund for a two-year period, with one-year renewable terms thereafter. Serve as an advisor to the Ithaca Fund Associate Director to deliver their perspective of their peer group as it relates to various communication initiatives and Regional Events. Advocate for young alumni and helps to strengthen the image of the Ithaca Fund among young alumni; to deepen the pride associated with supporting the College as well as the understanding of the impact of annual gifts to the College. Offer strategic counsel on effective stewardship and recognition efforts that will strengthen young alumni participation.
Freelance Event Planner at Fuego Events2011
Manage logistics and implementation of weddings and birthday parties with 50-200 guests Supervise contract negotiations with vendors and budgets as large as $25,000 and as small as $6,000 Market and brand services offered using social media and face-to-face consultations Establish and maintain relationships with local vendors Mediate conflicts that may arise Develop and implement problem-solving strategies Consult client on the selection of theme, design elements, and budget allocations
Graduate Assistant for Leadership at University of VermontApril 2011 - May 2013
Facilitated on average 15 workshops for student organizations per semester Coordinated logistics and develop curriculum for annual 3-day social justice retreat for 85 participants Assessed student leader needs and designed weekly leadership development series serving 20-30 students Managed annual awards ceremony's nomination, selection, and budget for 150 + student organizations Trained and supervised 3 work study students
National Orientation Directors Association Intern at Rowan UniversityMay 2012 - August 2012
Assisted with the planning and implementation of transfer & first year orientation programs serving 1200 students Coordinated the Information Showcase of various campus departments and student services Communicated with academic units and housing about student attendance information Supported 20-30 student leaders during orientation sessions and served on-call during the evening Presented a workshop on college involvement during the pre-summer institute leadership Conference Instructed a 4-week course on leadership based on the "Habitudes" curriculum for 60 first-year students
TPE Ambassador at The Placement ExchangeSeptember 2011 - May 2012
Publicized the Placement Exchange to all second-year graduate students Assisted second-year graduate students as they navigated the TPE online portal Attended all planning meetings via phone conferences Obtained feedback from second-year graduate students about the TPE experience
TPE Intern at The Placement ExchangeNovember 2011 - January 2012
Assisted with the set-up of all areas for the conference Guided candidates through their interview process Arranged interview times for all candidates and employers Coordinated communication between employers and candidates
Residential Coordinator at Ithaca CollegeMay 2010 - August 2011
Live-in Position Reported directly to the Program Director Supervised 7 college-age Resident Assistants Coordinated social, recreational, and other co-curricular activities Managed a residential budget of $4,500
Dean of Students at Atlanta Public SchoolsMarch 2010 - June 2011
Monitored behavior referral data Analyzed data to create and implement a school-wide positive behavior support program Identified students who need extra support Developed a behavioral support plan with student, parent, and support staff Created a rewards program for students who modeled positive behavior Established buy-in for other teachers Led a professional development session on behavior management
English Instructor at Atlanta Public SchoolsAugust 2009 - June 2011
Created lesson plans aligned to the Georgia State Standards; engaged students in participatory learning Advised students on academic success, personal development, and college application process Collaborated with a team to identify students who needed academic assistance Developed a classroom management system that created a sense of personal responsibility among the students Served as prom and graduation co-coordinator
2009 Corp Member - Atlanta, Georgia at Teach for AmericaApril 2009 - June 2011
Please see " English Instructor" description.
President at Ithaca College Student Government AssociationApril 2008 - May 2009
Supervised a team of 35 senators Reviewed and wrote college policy Managed a budget and the allocation of $400,000 Reported directly to college administration Served on search committees and campus-wide yearly committees Prepared weekly meeting agendas Chaired weekly Executive Board meetings
Building Manager at Ithaca CollegeApril 2007 - May 2009
Monitored the use of meeting rooms and lounges Supervised a staff of 10 during each shift Oversaw for $20,000 in cash for daily Campus Center transactions Evaluated staff members each semester Served as a resource for any events taking place in the building
Executive Producer - Kuumba Repertory Theatre at Ithaca CollegeDecember 2005 - April 2009
Led a team of 20 people Managed a production budget of $15,000 Created a sponsorship proposal for potential sponsors Coordinated contractual agreements with internal and external vendors Oversaw weekly staff meetings Reserved venues for day of show and rehearsals Created a time line for the production of the show Established a day of show schedule
Teacher's Assistant at Ithaca CollegeJanuary 2007 - May 2007
Supported students with in-class assignments Assisted students with writing papers and group projects Facilitated during one class period Provided classroom support for professor
Building Staff Member at Ithaca CollegeMay 2006 - May 2007
Served as the information hub for all visitors to the campus Cashed checks for on-campus staff and students Managed ticket sales for on campus events Provided quality customer service in even the most difficult situations
Personal Assistant at Ithaca CollegeAugust 2005 - May 2006
Managed phone calls to office Organized student applications Input data into administrative system Coordinated traveling arrangements for supervisor
Cornell Woodson's Education:
University of Vermont2011 – 2013Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Ithaca College2005 – 2009B.S.Concentration: Communication Management & Design
Moorestown Friends School2001 – 2005High School DiplomaConcentration: College Prep
Cornell Woodson's Interests & Activities:
Cooking, hiking, kayaking, music, reading, writing, singing, research, travel, teaching, social justice, diversity & inclusion, higher education, event planning