Greta Kenney joined Cornell as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Women’s Resource Center in February of 2019. Greta is deeply committed to intersectional feminism, social justice, and equity. In her role, she creates programs, facilitates trainings and workshops, serves as a crisis manager and confidential resource, and advises student organizations.
Most recently, she was the Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she also taught courses in the Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Departments. Before her work in higher education, Greta worked as a gender-based violence case manager, advocate, and educator. Greta earned her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Connecticut and her M.Phil in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She lives in Ithaca with her wife and step-son.
Shura Gat joined the Women’s Resource Center as Assistant Director in the Fall of 2017 and as Interim Director in July 2018. At Cornell, she previously served as the Director of Community Center Programs, the Interim Director of the LGBT Resource Center and as a Captionist in Student Disability Services. In all of her roles at Cornell, Shura has enjoyed engaging with students and colleagues on issues relating to intersectionality and the impact of social identities on individuals’ experiences. She continues this as part of the Women’s Resource Center, supporting students as they plan programs and events highlighting these perspectives.
Shura holds an M.A. in Critical Cultural Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Wellesley College. Her academic research has focused on the experiences of women who participate in martial arts and fighting sports. In addition to her work with students at Cornell, Shura’s commitment to individual transformation and wellbeing is expressed through her avocation as an energy medicine practitioner.