Harrier and Torres encourage more students to join Colman Inclusive Leadership Program

11/29/2021

Claire Benjamin

Graduate student Chris Torres manages and operates a Vertex-70 FTIR spectroscope in the Flaherty lab. He couples modern and classic chemical engineering principles to investigate solid-liquid interactions on zeolite materials and inform sustainable catalyst design.
Graduate student Chris Torres manages and operates a Vertex-70 FTIR spectroscope in the Flaherty lab. He couples modern and classic chemical engineering principles to investigate solid-liquid interactions on zeolite materials and inform sustainable catalyst design.

The Colman Inclusive Leadership Program invites 30-40 graduate students for an immersive three-day program focused on providing doctoral research students with skills and knowledge that will support their development as leaders in graduate school and beyond. The priority deadline to apply is December 9. 

The CILP Program began at Cornell University with an endowment from John and Jane Colman and expanded in 2021 with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to include doctoral students affiliated with its University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring and Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership programs across the nation. 

Danielle Harrier operating the droplet based microfluidic device she designed and optimized in the Guironnet Lab. She has recently reported a water-sensitive catalyst encapsulation yielding biodegradable polymer particles dispersed in water.
Graduate student Danielle Harrier operating the droplet based microfluidic device she designed and optimized in the Guironnet Lab. She reported a water-sensitive catalyst encapsulation yielding biodegradable polymer particles dispersed in water.

Two graduate students Danielle Harrier and Chris Torres from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering virtually participated in the program held January 12-14, 2021. 

“An Inclusive Leader is an authentic commitment to understand and promote diversity and cultural intelligence while fostering an environment where each individual feels respected, confident, valued and inspired,” said Harrier, who is advised by assistant professor Damien Guironnet and department head Paul Kenis, the Elio Eliakim Tarika Endowed Chair. 

“Inclusive Leadership is enabling those without a strong voice to contribute as much as those who would typically dominate a discussion, allowing all members to participate equally,” said Torres, who is advised by associate professor David Flaherty.

CILP introduced Harrier and Torres to practical skills, leadership theory, and special topics. The program’s varied format included readings, interactive group activities, case studies, and discussions that explore topics such as emotional intelligence, inclusion and belonging, leadership frameworks, conflict management, culture, and more.  

Harrier and Torres highly recommend the program to other students. More information and the application is available online