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Staff

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora)

Associate Professor, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
Dr. Rickard is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is currently conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Australia culminating in a new journal on Indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book on Visualizing Sovereignty.

Ann Bianchi

Administrative Manager
Ann Bianchi is the Business Administrator for the American Indian Program and has been with the unit for 12 years. Responsibilities focus on unit administration and policy to include: Accounting, Human Resources, Staffing, Payroll, and Facilities Management

Kathy Halbig, M.S. (Onondaga)

Student Services Associate
Kathy Halbig is the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program’s (AIISP) recruiter and student support specialist. Her focus is to recruit the brightest American Indian students to Cornell University to pursue higher educational opportunities in 80+ majors. Kathy is also interested in providing support services that enable students to not only excel in their academic scholarship, but to explore and expand their professional development opportunities.
 

Karl Hill (Cayuga)

Administrative Assistant
Karl Hill is a Sub Chief/Faithkeeper of the Cayuga Nation Heron Clan.  He joined the traditional Cayuga Nation Council in 2006.  Since joining the council, he has been asked to represent the confederacy in Geneva, Switzerland in the United Nations work regarding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

Laura Lagunez (Nahua/Navajo)

Akwe:kon Residence Hall Director
Laura (Nahua/Navajo) from Dallas, TX received her B.S in Animal Science and minor in Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 2016. Prior to joining AIISP as the Residence Hall Director of Akwe:kon, Laura worked as a Program Assistant for Cornell Garden-Based Learning and Cornell Cooperative Extension in the School of Integrative Plant Science on campus. 

Urszula Piasta-Mansfield

Interim Associate Director
Dr. Piasta-Mansfield is a scholar, whose primary research interests focus on the discourses of dispossession in the context of North American Indigenous Peoples with the special attention to the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. 

Waylon Wilson (Tuscarora)

Communications Assistant
Waylon Wilson is a digital media maker from the Tuscarora/ Skarù:rę' Nation. He focuses on engaging Indigenous youth and cultures through new and interactive media including mobile applications, video production, animations, wearable electronics, graphics, interactive play-media and video games.

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