Valerie holds a Ph.D. in International Development Studies and Cultural Anthropology, and works as the Administrative Assistant on behalf of the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM) and Cornell United Religious Work (CURW). Valerie’s research focuses on the interconnections of gendered vulnerability to poverty, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and climate variability in East Africa, and she applies that knowledge to domestic and local contexts, inside and outside the office. Experienced in working with people from a variety of cultural, linguistic, age, socio-economic and developmental backgrounds, Valerie enjoys helping learners on their respective paths.
Valerie has two children, and enjoys reading, writing, languages, nature, travel and working collaboratively to make a positive impact.
Greta Kenney, the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Women’s Resource Center, was appointed Interim Director of Spirituality and Meaning Making and Cornell United Religious Work in August of 2019. In this role, Greta works closely with the twenty-five affiliated chaplaincies of CURW, plans retreat and reflection opportunities for students, and assists in the oversight of most CURW sponsored programs and committees, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.
Prior to joining Cornell University, Greta served as Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, MA with responsibilities for fostering an inclusive religious and spiritual campus environment through her work as chair of the Interfaith Dialogue & Engagement Committee. Greta collaborated closely with the Office of the College Chaplains on several initiatives including spiritual reflection retreats, an international immersion trip to Nicaragua, and facilitating conversations on the intersections of faith and our other identities.