About Us

Renee Alexander

Associate Dean of Students
(607) 255-9596

Student development, support, advocacy, advising; diversity

Aiden Cropsey

Interim Director LGBT Resource Center
(607) 254-4987

Aiden Cropsey is the Interim Director of the LGBT Resource Center at Cornell University. After graduating from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Psychology, Aiden went on to earn a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy and Practice from the George Washington University. While completing his graduate work, he became the founding Coordinator of the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services at SUNY Geneseo.

Aiden has always been deeply involved with social justice issues, dedicating summers to riding a bicycle across New England for climate change awareness, completing an AmeriCorps term and volunteering on disaster relief service trips. He has focused his passions on the LGBTQ community in order to contribute to LGBTQ student’s college experience through education, advocacy and empowerment. Aiden has worked on several research projects examining LGBT college student’s perceptions of support, campus climate and overall campus experiences. Aiden has developed university-specific trainings to increase culturally competent health care for college students along with educational workshops on transgender identity, intersectionality, and privilege.

In addition to his work in university settings, Aiden has served as a panelist for community events, is a Safe Zone trainer and does stress relief visits with his therapy dog, Koda.

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.