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Engaged Cornell is everywhere, and anyone at Cornell can be involved. But there is a dedicated team of leaders and staff stewarding the Engaged Cornell mission and strategy and managing the day-to-day operations.

Engaged Cornell Leadership

Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI)

OEI staff lead programs, host workshops, administer grants, manage communications (including this website), connect Cornellians to community partners and do much more to amplify the Engaged Cornell mission. If you have a question about community engagement at Cornell and don’t know who to ask, start with someone in OEI.

For more information about OEI, visit the website.


Public Engagement Council (PEC)

Charged with supporting Cornell’s work toward excellence in public engagement, the PEC provides advice and expertise to Engaged Cornell leadership on activities being designed and rolled out.

  • Judy Appleton (co-chair), Vice Provost
  • M. Diane Burton and Gerard Aching (co-chairs), Provost’s Fellow for Public Engagement
  • Edward Baptist, Associate Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Susanne Bruyere, Associate Dean of Outreach, ILR School
  • Nishi Dhupa, Executive Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
  • Rachel Dunifon, Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, College of Human Ecology
  • M. Julia Felippe, Associate Professor and Director of Veterinary Curriculum, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • John Forester, Professor of City and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • Sheri Johnson, James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
  • Yael Levitte, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Mark Milstein, Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations and Director of Sustainable Global Enterprise, Johnson
  • Basil Safi, Executive Director, Office of Engagement Initiatives
  • Chris Schaffer, Associate Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
  • Deb Streeter, Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Leonardo Vargas-Mendez, Executive Director, Public Service Center
  • Rohit Verma, Professor of Service Operations Management, School of Hotel Administration
  • Don Viands, Associate Dean and Director of Forage Breeding Project, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Chris Watkins, Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension