Celebrating Black Graduate Excellence at Cornell

Fireside Chat with Black Graduate Alumni:

Reflections on the History of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) and the Influences of the Harlem Renaissance

Friday, February 12 | 4:00 to 5:30 pm EST

Since its inception at Cornell University, the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) has served as a pivotal network addressing the needs and concerns of Graduate and Professional Students of African descent at Cornell University. Historically, BGPSA has also worked closely with Black faculty and staff and is involved in issues that affect the Ithaca and broader Black community. In celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, BGPSA founded the Renaissance Ball at Cornell in 2011. This now collaborative event of the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council and the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement celebrates the excellence within the Black and other graduate communities of those from backgrounds historically excluded from academia.

This panel discussion explored the history of the BGPSA with past leaders whose contributions have had a lasting impact on the greater Cornell graduate community.  

  • Chavez Carter, Ph.D. ’15 in Biomedical and Biological Sciences, Director Medical Relations at La Roche-Posay USA
  • Cameron Bardliving, MS ’10, Ph.D. ’13 in Biomedical Engineering, Director of Product Development and Operations at Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing
  • Enongo A. Lumumba-Kasongo, BA ’08, MA ’15, Ph.D. ’19 in Science and Technology Studies, Mellon Gateway Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at Brown University
  • Lory Reveil, Ph.D. ’19 in Microbiology, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at American Frozen Food Institute
  • Dexter Thomas, Ph.D. ’20 in Asian Literature, Religion and Culture, Culture Correspondent at VICE News

View the recording of the Fireside Chat with Black Graduate Alumni.

Read an article about this panel discussion.

Coffee Chat with Black Graduate Alumni:

Voices from the African Diaspora and the Community We Built at Cornell

Saturday, February 13 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST

The Black graduate community at Cornell is reflective of the broader African Diaspora and includes members who strongly identify with their roots in Africa and the Caribbean. This panel discussion with Black graduate alumni representing diverse identities within the African Diaspora explored their experiences in building community and establishing a sense of belonging as graduate students at Cornell.  

  • Ornella D. Nelson, MS ’15, Ph.D. ’18 in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Senior Scientist at AbbVie
  • Stéphie-Anne Dulièpre DVM ’20, Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Ikenna Madu, Ph.D. ’10 in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, Senior Manager of Strategic Alliances and Business Development at Oregon Health and Science University

View the recording of the Coffee Chat with Black Graduate Alumni.