Empowerment Month 2020

In March, we’re hosting Empowerment Month with 500 Women Scientists

Empowerment Month is a series of special events all designed to empower yourself, others, and your community. Each event will have a specific goal in mind and does not require you to attend any of the other events, but we do hope that attending as many events as you are able will give you the tools to create change. 

All events are funded by the GPSAFC and open to the graduate, professional, and local community. 

Empowerment Month Events

Planning and Making Change Round Table Discussion

March 9th, 11:30 – 1 pm @ Mann 102 

Meet and chat with experts to learn more about the steps they took to empower their community. Our experts include: Baba Adejuyigbe from IDP, Liv Vincent from the Free Science Workshop, Sharifa Sultana, and Chinasa Okolo.

Lunch will be provided. Please contact Tess (tmf87) for any accommodations. 


Baba Adejuyigbe

Baba is a Cornell Alumni – a member of the class of 2018. At Cornell, Baba majored in Human Biology, Health and Society while minoring in Business and Inequality Studies. He was a member of the Varsity Football Team, founded the Athletic Pre-Health Society, and conducted research for the Erickson Lab, which develops medical diagnostic devices for limited resource settings. After graduating, Baba worked for a year as a Public Health Fellow at the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health. This year, Baba is serving as the co-curricular program assistant for the Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) at Cornell. He works to create opportunities for students to practice dialogue skills outside the classroom and supports student leaders in empathetic and inclusive leadership. He is also one of the coaches on the EDUC 2610 Teaching Team. Baba will be going to medical school in the fall.

Flyer sentence: Baba serves as the co-curricular program assistant for the Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) at Cornell. He works to create opportunities for students to practice dialogue skills outside the classroom and supports student leaders in empathetic and inclusive leadership.

Sharifa Sultana

Sharifa is a human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher. She is interested in information and communication technology for development (ICTD), critical computing, wellbeing and feminist-HCI. She uses both quantitative and qualitative (ethnographic) techniques to study marginalised rural populations in Bangladesh and aims to design computational tools and systems to address the challenges for rural low-education population while accessing information.

Liv Vincent

Liv is a non-traditional educator and administrator who works with youth and their families to foster connections between science exploration and their daily interactions with the world. Liv believes that direct engagement with a wide variety of subjects is the best way to encourage individuals to not only discover and pursue their passions, but to form a more complete picture of their ability to enact a positive change. 

Liv has had the privilege of working closely with several nonprofit organizations throughout the years, including  Girl Scouts USA, the BEETLES project, and Nature’s Classroom of New England. Liv is a National Geographic certified educator and is trained in wilderness medicine as well as youth mental health first aid. Liv holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Management, with a specialization in Education from The Ohio State University

Chinasa Okolo

Chinasa Okolo is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. Chinasa’s research interests include computer vision, global health, machine learning, and information & communication technologies for development. Within these fields, she works on projects to improve mobile healthcare technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious and tropical diseases. In her free time, Chinasa volunteers on and off campus by mentoring undergraduates, serving on the executive boards of various graduate organizations, hosting computer science workshops, and organizing service learning trips to countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.

Communicating Your Ideas with Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP)

March 17th, 3:00 – 5 pm @ Mann 100

Start formalizing ways to empower your community. This workshop will be held in partnership with the Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) in which we will learn how to identify strategies for change. This will be a collaborative process where you will brainstorm project ideas with other participants. You are welcome to come with an issue of inequity that you would like to address but it is not required. 

Snacks will be provided. Please contact Tess (tmf87) for any accommodations. 

Executing Your Ideas

March 24th, 3:00 – 5pm @ Mann 100

At this event, we will go over the project ideas from last week and then break into groups to finalize our action plans. At the end, each group will present their action plan and we will offer suggestions and feedback. 

For this event, it is beneficial to have attended last week’s event, so that you are familiar with the action plans already made. We also hope that if you attended the earlier event, that you would use the rest of the week to work on your project and come to this session with an updated plan. However, if you did not attend last week’s event, you can still go as you can either start a new action plan or join a pre-existing group! Snacks will be provided. 

Please contact Tess (tmf87) for any accommodations.

Past Events

Identifying Areas of Change, Karen Levy

March 3rd, 12:00 – 1 pm @ Gates 122

Start off Empowerment Month with our keynote speaker, Karen Levy! At this event, we will hear her talk about her experience with finding her advocacy work and we will end with an open discussion while enjoying lunch together.

Karen Levy is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. She researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance. Her research analyzes the uses of monitoring for social control in various contexts, from long-haul trucking to intimate relationships. She is also interested in how data collection uniquely impacts, and is contested by, marginalized populations.

Lunch will be provided. Please contact Maria (maa343) for any accommodations.

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