Multicultural Life
and Diversity Office

Corey Union, Room 407-A
Phone: 607-753-2336
Fax: 607-753-2808

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Meet the Staff

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Noelle Chaddock Paley, Director

Noelle teaches in Africana Studies and Philosophy and is the director of SUNY Cortland's Multicultural Life and Diversity Office. She also serves as a student, faculty and staff advocate ensuring fair and equitable treatment institutionally at SUNY Cortland. Paley has been working with the Office of Diversity and Equity in Education at the SUNY System level and attended the 2010 Chief Diversity Officer’s Conference in Albany. Paley advises student organizations and supervises professional staff members and student workers. SUNY Cortland students have honored her the last two spring semesters as an “Exemplary Woman of Color.” Paley is currently pursuing a doctorate in philosophy, interpretation and culture; was a Clark Fellow; and will be awarded a women’s studies certificate at graduation from SUNY Binghamton, where she previously earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Paley received the SUNY Binghamton Human Development Faculty Award for Scholar Activist as well as its Human Development Faculty Award for Outstanding Commitment to Racial and Gender Justice. Her areas of teaching and research include mixed race identity politics and formations; Hip Hop culture; Hip Hop as a philosophic discourse; Africana women on film; prejudiced, discrimination and morality; diasporic fiction; philosophy and law; markets, ethics and law; methods of reasoning; reproductive justice; racial and gender justice; prison abolition; research methods; performance activism and voice training.


Ann Cutler, Secretary

Ann came to SUNY Cortland in 2004 and doesn't plan to leave until her retirement! She is originally from New Jersey but she has lived in Cortland for 35 years.  Even with that much experience with the area she still hates winter! Ann feels the best part of her job is working with the students.  In addition to serving as the secretary, Ann serves as an advisor to Omega Phi Beta. 


Melissa Da Costa

Melissa is a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Cortland and serves as the Residence Life and Housing Outside Assignment to Multicultural Life and Diversity. She graduated from SUNY Cortland in May 2011 receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary English Education 7-12, with a minor in French; and, she will receive her Masters of Education degree in Literacy Education (K-12) this upcoming May. With a passion for language and the integration of language and culture in literacy development and curricula, Melissa intends to further her degree to include bilingual studies in French and Spanish, as well as eventually receiving her PhD in Literary Theory and Criticism. Melissa would like individuals to recognize that literacy is truly a gift that one should feel privileged to attain.

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William Hernandez

William is a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Cortland and will be joining us in the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office this year. Will Graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology at SUNY Oneonta in 2009. Will then obtained his Masters of Sceince in Student Affairs administation at Binghamton University. Will has volunteered previously as the assistant coordinator for Somos El Futuro conference in Albany. He is also the advisor for the Asian Cultural Media Exchange student organization.

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Rachael Forester

Rachael is a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Cortland. She also happens to be the advisor for the Spectrum student club organization