About Us

Mary Beth Grant

Mary Beth Grant

Senior Associate Dean of Students
(607) 254-8598

Oversees the office of care and crisis services, as well as strategic planning initiatives for the dean of students.  Previously, Mary Beth served as judicial administrator at Cornell, worked as a civil rights attorney and a community educator with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, and completed a stint in a law firm in Boston.  Mary Beth earned her B.A. in social work and sociology from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. 

Mary Beth makes her home with her husband in Ithaca, NY, where she enjoys walking through Cornell’s Botanic Gardens; running in Stewart or Cass parks; rowing on Cayuga Lake; singing in Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; attending live music events on the commons, on Cornell’s art quad, at Bailey Hall or at the State Theater; volunteering in the community; sampling good food at one of Ithaca’s many eateries; relaxing with good fiction; or challenging her adult children to a game of Scrabble or Settlers of Catan.


Janet Shortall

Janet Shortall

Associate Dean of Students
(607) 255-0325

Janet Shortall is an Associate Dean of Students and directs EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service).  Janet is the director for the Crisis Manager Team and a member of the Community Support Team. EARS provides peer counseling support, semester-long counseling and listening skills training and also offer listening workshops for other student organizations at Cornell.


Reba McCutcheon

Reba McCutcheon

Associate Dean
607-255-3897

Reba McCutcheon is an Associate Dean, coordinates the Community Support Team, advises Cornell Minds Matter, and serves as a crisis and case manager. Reba received her B.S. in communication from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and her M.A. in adult education from Elmira College. Working at Cornell since the fall of 1998, Reba has served in a variety of roles in Government Affairs, Campus Information, and Undergraduate Admissions. Reba brings her passion for supporting students to the Dean of Students Office.


Love Kumuyi

Love Kumuyi

Associate Dean of Students for Peer-to-peer Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services
(607) 255-5269

Love Odih Kumuyi is the Associate Dean of Students for Conflict Resolution Services. Following a mandate from President Martha E. Pollock, Love has developed a new conflict resolution program that focuses on building more connected and inclusive spaces through dialogue at the interpersonal, group and community-wide level. The program utilizes techniques such as mediation and restorative justice to respond to conflict, harm and identity-based concerns. Love also directs EARS (Empathy Assistance Referral Services) and co-chairs the Bias Assessment and Review Team.

Love is a lawyer and mediator by training. Passionate about merging her interests in peacebuilding, policy implementation, education, and inclusion Love’s past experiences include lecturing at Pace University, Department of Peace and Justice Studies and working on United Nations human rights, peacebuilding, gender and youth inclusion projects in Jordan, Somalia, Iraq, and New York.  She holds a Law degree from the University of London and completed a Graduate degree in Global Affairs with a concentration on Peacebuilding and Gender Studies at New York University.


Mar Pérez

Mar Pérez

Program Coordinator
(607) 255-5659

Mar Pérez, manages all aspects of program coordination for the office of care and crisis services; cross-functional coordination, information management, and support for crisis management and community support teams. She manages publicity and design, public relations, websites and educational materials for the office.