Event Details


Friday, Jan 29 – Sunday, Jan 31

The first Annual Cornell Black Leadership and Engagement Summit is an opportunity for Black students and alumni from Cornell University to gather together (virtually), network, and discuss ways to uplift our community.

Schedule of Events


7pm -10pm ET Virtual Unity Hour


10am-10:45am Opening Session

  • Avery August, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (opening speaker)
  • Angela Winfield, Director of Inclusion & Workforce Diversity (opening speaker

11am-12pm Workshops

  • Session A: Admissions
    • Shawn Felton, Senior Director of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Kyle Downey, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions 
    • Richard Onyejuruwa, Assistant Director for Admissions and Diversity Outreach
    • Alyssa Orrantia, Associate Director of Admissions
  • Session B: Africana Studies
    • Olufemi Taiwo, Director of the Africana Studies & Research Center
  • Session C: Student Affairs & Campus Life
    • Ryan Lombardi, Vice President of Student & Campus Life 
    • Shakima Clency, Peggy J. Koenig ’78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment
    • Wayne Hilson, Jr., PhD, Executive Director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives
  • Session D: Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council
    • Kara Miller, Robert G. Engel Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life 
    • Ricky Boche, Multicultural Greek Fraternity Council Advisor 

12:15pm-12:30pm Icebreakers – Alumni/Student Shoutouts
12:30pm-1:45pm Lunchtime Student Panel

  • Moderator: Jarvis Marlow-McCowin, Associate Director of Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment 

2pm-4pm CBAA General Body Meeting

  • Michelle Vaeth, Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs 
  • Jallissa Elias, Residence Hall Director, Ujamaa 

4:15pm-5pm Committee Meetings
5:15pm-6:30pm CBAA CLUBHOUSE – Networking Activity

1pm – 3pm Sip & Paint Brunch (Cost is $40 plus shipping, includes paint supplies kit, professional instructor and a Live DJ!).
NOTE: Sunday’s Sip & Paint Brunch requires additional registration through the Vendor’s website HERE.

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