About Us

Evelyn Ambriz

Assistant Dean of Students, Student Development Diversity Initiatives
607-255-7708

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.


Carlton Ray Smith

Assistant Director for Student Development Diversity Initiatives
(607) 255-5648

Carlton Smith received his B.A. in Government and his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Multicultural Affairs from The College of William & Mary, and he has been heavily involved in Admissions, Residence Life, University Advancement, and Student Diversity.  He is passionate about mentorship, leadership development, and providing and inclusive space where students can grow into their best selves.


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.