Diversity Council


The Weill Cornell Diversity Council (WCDC), co-chaired by the Associate Deans for Diversity and Inclusion, meets monthly and serves as a forum for students, faculty and administrative leadership. The departmental champions, faculty whom each department designates to lead diversity efforts, are welcome to attend these meetings. The organizational locus is the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which contributes its staffing and funding to the WCDC. Key functions of the WCDC include: integrating diversity initiatives across all groups at WCM, reviewing existing pipeline programs and developing new pipeline initiatives, reviewing existing policies and developing new policies, and serving as a platform where all groups can voice their concerns.

Diversity Council Members

  • Joy Howell, MD - Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life - Office of Student Diversity Medical School
  • Linnie Golightly, MD - Associate Dean Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Rache Simmons, MD, FACS - Associate Dean Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Yazmin Carrasco, PhD - Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion -Office of Student Diversity Graduate School
  • Katherine Hajjar, MD - Senior Associate Dean Office of Faculty
  • Nelson Sanchez, MD - Chair, LGBTQ+ Steering Committee
  • Sheryl Orwell, JD -Senior Associate General Counsel, University Counsel and Office of the Secretary
  • Angela Charter Lent - Senior Director, Staff and Organizational Development
  • Fanesse George - Assistant Director, Staff Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement
  • Steven  Persaud - Medical Students Representative
  • Carl Crawford, MD- Head of the GFC Diversity Committee 
  • Sahar Jalal, PhD - Post Doc Representative
  • Julia Iyasera, MD, MBA - Executive Director, Dalio Center for Health Justice NYP
  • Elizabeth Omondi, MS - Administrator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Department Diversity Champions

The primary role of the Diversity Champion is to work with their department chair to advance departmental diversity and inclusion goals by providing targeted programs and initiatives, and enhancing leadership awareness of the varied dimensions of diversity.


Danielle McCullough, MD


Sushmita Mukherjee, PhD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Berhane Worku, MD


Eva Kerby, MD

Emergency Medicine

Maria Lame, MD

Feil BMRI 

Teresa Milner, MD

Genetic Medicine

Miguel de Mulder Rougvie, Ph.D.


Susana Morales, MD

Microbiology and Immunology

Carl Nathan, MD


Steven Karceski, MD


Caitlin Hoffman, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tirsit Asfaw, MD

Wing Kay Fok, MD


Cristiano Oliveira, MD


Joseph Lane, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Lauren Brown, MD


Ethel Cesarman, MD, PhD


Joy Deanna Howell, MD


John Blenis, Ph.D

Yael David, Ph.D

Physiology and Biophysics

Harel Weinstein, MD 

Population Health Sciences

Czarina Behrends, MD

Primary Care

Serena Mulhern, MD , FACP


Anna Salajegheh, MD

Stephanie Cherestal, MD

Radiation Oncology

Paul Pagnini, MD


Kemi Babagbemi, MD

Rehab Medicine

Dara Jones, MD

Jason Hu, MD

Reproductive Medicine

Joshua Stewart, MD


Lisa Newman, MD

Samuel J. Wood Library & C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center

Diana Delgado, MLS, AHIP


Alfred Winkler, MD

Office of Diversity and Inclusion 1300 York Avenue New York, NY 10065