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Engaged Cornell is a university-wide ethos fueling the advancement of Cornell’s public engagement mission through community-engaged discovery and learning. The Office of Engagement Initiatives amplifies the Engaged Cornell mission by leading, supporting and promoting programming and practices related to high-quality community engagement. Through the funding of projects and curricula, we assist faculty, staff, students and alumni as they cultivate collaborative partnerships that address complex social issues.

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Basil Safi, Executive Director

Basil is responsible for coordinating strategies to achieve community engagement goals in support of Engaged Cornell. In this role, he oversees administrative, staffing, and business processes and tracks key performance indicators. Read more about Basil.

Anna Sims Bartel, Associate Director, Community-Engaged Curricula and Practice

Anna designs and leads programs supporting faculty development in community-engaged pedagogy and research, including grant applicants and faculty fellows. She runs workshops, institutes, and consultations and builds relationships among faculty, staff, and community partners. Read more about Anna.

Mike Bishop, Director, Student Leadership

Mike is coordinating the launch of Engaged Leadership — a pathway through existing and to-be-created curricular and co-curricular offerings for undergraduates. He collaborates across the university to design, implement, and evaluate a range of student development programs. Read more about Mike.

Aaron Goldweber, Senior Director, Communications

Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing the Engaged Cornell communications strategy and partners with faculty, staff, and students from across campus to promote Cornell’s community-engaged learning, teaching, and research.

Rochelle Jackson-Smarr, Assistant Director, Student Leadership

Rochelle oversees the delivery of student community-engagement initiatives. She works closely with the Student Ambassadors to implement programs and administer travel grants. She collaborates with Mike Bishop on Engaged Leadership. Read more about Rochelle.

Richard Kiely, Senior Fellow, Program Evaluation

Richard leads the design and implementation of program evaluation and provides guidance and resources for assessment and evaluation of community-engaged learning, teaching, and research. Read more about Richard.

Ashlee McGandy, Content Strategist

Ashlee initiates and launches web, mobile, print, and publicity communication projects that enhance the visibility of Engaged Cornell on campus and beyond. She is the primary contact for the Engaged Cornell website.

Gretchen Mosereiff, Data Specialist

Gretchen compiles, analyzes, and reports on programmatic and institutional data in support of two major institutional initiatives: Global Cornell and Engaged Cornell. In this role, she devises sustainable data collection practices to report to university leadership.

Wendy Treat, Administrative Support Coordinator

Wendy provides administrative support and manages the day-to-day operations of the office including scheduling, event support, communications coordination, and supervision of student employees.

Amanda Wittman, Associate Director, Community-Engaged Curricula and Strategy

Amanda leads programmatic efforts focused on the development and assessment of faculty efforts in community-engaged pedagogy and research. She supports grant applicants and faculty fellows through workshops, institutes, and consultations for faculty and staff. Read more about Amanda.

vacant, Financial Specialist

The financial specialist will oversee budget and financial reporting and develop processes that augment and complement existing university systems.

vacant, Engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension Liaison

The Engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension liaison will facilitate new and strengthen existing linkages between Engaged Cornell initiatives and Cornell Cooperative Extension, promoting engagement in New York State communities. This position facilitates access to statewide community-engaged research, learning, and service experiences for students, faculty, and staff.

vacant, Engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension Liaison (NYC)

The New York City–based liaison will expand the capacity and interest of Cornell faculty and students to develop and enhance community-engaged scholarship and teaching efforts involving Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City communities, organizations, and residents.

University Leadership

Judy Appleton, Vice Provost
Ryan Lombardi, Vice President, Student and Campus Life
Laura Spitz, Vice Provost, International Affairs
Rebecca Stoltzfus, Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Laura Toy, Principal Gifts Officer, Alumni Affairs and Development
M. Diane Burton and Gerard Aching, Provost’s Fellow for Public Engagement

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