About Us

Renee Alexander

Associate Dean of Students
(607) 255-9596

Student development, support, advocacy, advising; diversity

Brian Patchcoski

Associate Dean of Students & Director LGBT Resource Center
(607) 255-4406

Brian Patchcoski is the Associate Dean and Director of the LGBT Resource Center at Cornell University. He was also the founding Director of the Office of LGBTQ Services at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He joined Dickinson from Penn State where he served as the Assistant Director of the LGBTA Student Resource Center.

He has participated in several national research projects examining student identity development and campus climate and has served as the Mid-Atlantic Representative for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Brian has worked extensively providing trainings and discussions exploring issues of sexuality and gender identity and has presented at several national conferences. Brian’s specific research focus resides at the intersections of spirituality, religion, sexuality, and gender. One of his most recent chapters accepted for publication focuses on navigating the intersection between spiritual and sexual identity amongst LGBTQ college students. The chapter centers on “queering” the work of higher education administrators and encouraging dialogue amongst some of the most “separate” entities on campus.

Brian has also served as the Chair of the Pennsylvania College Personnel Associations LGBTQ Committee providing advocacy and education surrounding sexuality and gender related issues to colleges and universities across the state of Pennsylvania.

Sophie Sidhu

Associate Dean of Students & Director, Asian & Asian American Center
(607) 255-3869

Sophie Sidhu is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Asian & Asian American Center at Cornell. Sophie has worked on diversity and community-building initiatives at Cornell University, Columbia University, Hampshire College and the University of Hawaii. At Cornell she previously served as Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity Education and Outreach, where she was a premiere advisor for the Asian & Asian American Forum and a member of the A3C Planning Committee.

Sophie holds an MA in International Educational Development/Peace Education from Columbia University and a BA in International Studies from Hampshire College. She has been published by UNICEF for her research on gender equality and human rights education in India.

Evelyn Ambriz

Assistant Dean of Students, Student Development Diversity Initiatives

Evelyn Ambriz received her B.S. in Development Sociology and her MPA in Social Policy focusing on policy evaluation, and diversity and inclusion within higher education along with a minor in Latinx Studies from Cornell University in 2011 and 2015, respectively. As a student at Cornell, she held numerous leadership positions within ΛΘΑ, the Multicultural Greek Letter Council, the Cornell Latin America Student Society, and was an advisor for Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service (B.O.S.S). Prior to her role as Assistant Dean of Students for Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI), Evelyn has worked in the financial services industry, within career services, and as an advisor to graduate students. In addition to her role in the office of the Dean of Students, she continues to conduct research on community formation and inclusion and diversity best practices. She is passionate about supporting students in collegiate environments, particularly predominantly white institutions (PWIs), and strives to develop and provide inclusive, revolutionary, & additive spaces of empowerment.

Alicia S. Torrey

Program Coordinator
(607) 254-1288

Alicia is a 1983 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  She joined the Cornell University staff in 1985 where she served as a financial aid counselor and as assistant director of scholarships in the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment.  In 1991, she became Cornell’s first director of minority alumni programs in the Office of Alumni Affairs.  In September 2003, she was named the director of the Cornell Alumni-Student Mentoring Program.

Elisa Johnson-Matthews

Administrative Assistant
(607) 255-1533

Serves as the initial contact and prominent anchor for the department; greeting and disseminating information to faculty, staff, students and visitors creating an inclusive and service minded environment.