EAS Seminar: Erin Sember-Chase (Cornell University)


Snee Hall 2146


Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

In this seminar, we’ll explore what diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are and how they look in our community when done well. We’ll discuss how things like bias and microaggressions can arise and ways we can intervene, respond, and recover when such instances occur.

Erin Sember-Chase, MA, is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Consultant with the Department of Inclusion and Belonging that provides leadership and consultation on efforts that promote and support staff inclusion, recruitment, and retention. Her responsibilities include facilitating learning opportunities, implementing the annual Inclusive Excellence Summit, and producing the Inclusive Excellence Podcasts. With over 20 years experience working at Cornell, her professional roles have included Assistant Director in Student Disability Services and Project Manager in the ILR School’s Employment and Disability Institute, and co-designer and instructor of ILRLR 1200 Introduction to Disability Studies. She has served in a variety of DEI leadership and collaborative roles on and off campus including co-chairing the Cornell University Disability Colleague Networking Group for over 12 years, serving on the 2017-2018 Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate, and co-chairing the Student and Campus Life Diversity Council Cultural Competency Committee.  She has designed and facilitated numerous trainings, presentations, and lectures at the campus, local, and national levels, for a variety of audiences including educators, local government entities, college students, service providers, businesses, and employers. She has actively engaged and consulted on many diversity, equity, and disability access and inclusion efforts at Cornell and within the Ithaca community.