Multicultural Life
and Diversity Office

Corey Union, Room 407-A
Phone: 607-753-2336
Fax: 607-753-2808
multicultural.life@cortland.edu

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Meet the Staff

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 Noelle

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.

 Tamara

Tamara Taylor, Assistant Director

Tamara developed a passion for advocating and working for social justice, diversity, and human rights at an early age. Being from Detroit, Michigan gave her firsthand experience to issues such as race relations, educational disparities, and various other social issues.  Tamara believes that every person should be included in every context if they so wish.  As a teen parent she defied statistics by going to college and later earning a B.S. in psychology and a M.A. in interpersonal and public communication.  She has taught communication courses and has almost 3 years’ experience in diversity work. Tamara spends her free time crocheting, cooking, going to the movies, snapping photos, and of course hanging out with her daughter.

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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. 

 

 

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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.

 

Leah Gelblat 

Leah is majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. She is from Long Island, NY and is excited to meet and interact with different students on campus. As a part of the train the trainer program in MLDO, Leah is passionate about helping students become aware of diversity on campus and wants to help them feel comfortable when talking and learning about inclusion and social justice. She also wants to be a positive role model for students and be able to provide a helping hand to those who want to learn more about themselves and others.

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Katherine Quiroz

is majoring in Early Elementary Education and Spanish, and currently serves as the Admissions and Open House coordinator for our office. She is from White Plains, NY and is interested in bringing awareness to different cultures on campus and learning about how we can bring others together. Katherine is interested in working with children in the future and would like to be a teacher. She believes that working with MLDO will help give her a voice to promote equity and inclusion on campus, and encourage other students to engage diversity at SUNY Cortland.

 

Glodibal Natera 

is one of our office assistants in Multicultural Life and Diversity office.  She is a Sociology major and wants to obtain a Master’s degree in social work. Glodibal is an Educational Opportunity Program participant, and is interested in working with other students in this program. She is interested in working towards improving awareness about different cultures on campus. She feels there is no better way to raise awareness than to be directly connected to our department.

 

John Cundy

will be serving as one of the Multicultural life and Diversity Office Art Interns during Fall 2013.  Mr. Cundy is pursuing a major in New Media Design and a minor in Computer Applications.  Mr. Cuny is from Endwell, NY and is interested in spreading awareness through the Multicultural and Diversity office via the use of media.  He believes that working with MLDO will make him a more diversified individual as well as the ability to encourage others to engage diversity with their peers at SUNY Cortland.

 

Kelsey Souza

will be serving as one of the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office Art Interns during Fall 2013.  Ms. Souza is pursuing a major in New Media Design, a minor in Art History, and is currently an art intern for our office. She is from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, NY and is interested in bringing awareness to both students and faculty about the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office through imagery and visual expression. Kelsey is also interested in working with children in the future and would like to brighten the world by being an art teacher. She believes that working with MLDO will help give her the opportunity to visually promote our office and motivate her peers to continue to unify all cultures at SUNY Cortland.

 

Karen Sanchez

will be serving as the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office Social Media Intern during fall 2013. Ms. Sanchez is pursing a major in adolescence education: Spanish and is currently the social media intern for our office. She is from Peekskill, New York and is interest in bringing awareness to different cultures on campus and learning about how they can come together to spread awareness. In the future, Karen hopes to work with high school or middle school students in teaching them Spanish. She believes that working with the MLDO will give her the opportunity to promote our office and help her peers understand that unity is important here at SUNY Cortland.

 

 Sally Velasco

 

 Miguel Montaz