Office of Diversity + Inclusion

The Office of Diversity + Inclusion (D+I) contributes to AAP's mission to build a more equitable world and lead college efforts to create, sustain, and continue expanding our diverse and inclusive community.

We believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every person and offer a range of resources, including training for students and staff, academic support, mentorship opportunities, cultural celebrations, and educational reflections on a range of social justice issues. The office works closely across all areas of the university to educate, empower, and advocate for all members of the AAP community to raise critical consciousness around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

 

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Find out about opportunities for learning and meaningful engagement with other members of the college community around D+I at AAP.

University Resources

Cornell offers an array of options for students who need support, want to get involved, or are looking to lead new initiatives.

Leadership

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Latesha Fussell

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

lsf56@cornell.edu

Latesha Fussell comes to Cornell from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where she was the director for intercultural affairs. In this capacity, she served as co-chair of the Racial and Equity Justice Institute. She supervised a staff that provided academic, cultural, and personal support to students, including students of color, first-generation college students, international students, and LGBTQ+ students. She supported the launch of a mentorship program connecting alumni of color with students of color; developed a living-learning and special interest housing for first-generation and students of color in collaboration with academic, advising, and residence life offices. Prior to her time at Stonehill College, she served as the Director of Campus Life for Diversity & Inclusion at Wells College. She was responsible for leading the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, creating policies and practices to allow students to use their preferred pronoun, name, and gender and providing opportunities to raise consciousness within the field of DEI through workshops and training. Latesha has held roles in academic and student affairs throughout her time in higher education. She holds a master's degree in Childhood Education, a master's degree in Special Education, and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Currently, Latesha is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.  

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