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Cornell's Community of Practice

A diagram showing relationship between Student Wellbeing Council, Workforce Wellbeing Core Advisory Committee, the subcommittees for each, and relationship to campus and community stakeholder engagement.
The Community of Practice Committees focus on the student and workforce experience. The Student Wellbeing Council (SWC) has six standing subcommittees, and the Workforce Wellbeing Core Advisory Committee (WWCAC) establishes subcommittees annually based on identified focus areas. SWC and WWCAC collaborate to advance a holistic, systems-based approach to university-wide wellbeing.

About the CoP

Cornell has formed a Community of Practice (CoP) to support the Health Promoting Campus initiative. The CoP is managed by a Student Wellbeing Council and a Workplace Wellbeing Core Advisory Group, each representing a wide range of constituents and informed by campus and community stakeholder engagement. Membership in the CoP is based on role at the university and intended to be fluid over time. 

Generally speaking, Communities of Practice (CoP) are "groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly." The concept of the CoP was first proposed by cognitive anthropologist Jean Lave and educational theorist Etienne Wenger in their 1991 book Situated Learning (Lave & Wenger 1991).

Student Wellbeing Council


The Student Wellbeing Council provides leadership and momentum to advance efforts related to student wellbeing.


Membership includes the following:


  • Director of Cornell Health's Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Julie Edwards


Executive Sponsors (each of whom previously served as Executive Sponsors for the student Mental Health Review):

  • Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost of Graduate Education: Kathryn Boor

  • Vice President, Student and Campus Life: Ryan Lombardi

  • Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: Lisa Nishii


General Body:

  • Assistant Director, Sustainability: Kim Anderson 

  • Director, Workforce Wellbeing: Michelle Artibee

  • Assistant Dean, Career Management Center, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business: Cynthia Saunders-Cheatham

  • Dean of Faculty: Eve DeRosa

  • Deputy Director, Athletics: Amy Foster

  • Executive Director, Student & Campus Life Communications: Amy Gaulke

  • Assistant Vice President, Division of Public Safety: Dave Honan

  • Health Public Policy ’25: Andrew Juan (student)

  • Student Assembly President: Patrick Kuehl (student)

  • Vice President of Student & Campus Life: Ryan Lombardi

  • Dean of Students, Student & Campus Life: Marla Love

  • Graduate and Professional Student Assembly President: Melia Matthews (student)

  • Dean of Students, Law School: Markeisha Miner

  • Director, Housing and Residential Life: Abby Priehs

  • Dean of Students, College of Veterinary Medicine: Jai Sweet

  • Senior Associate Dean of Students: Kevin Williams


Consulting Members for the Council: 

  • Associate Director of Administrative Services, Cornell Health: Jennifer Austin

  • Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: Bonnie Comella

  • Assistant Director, Research and Evaluation, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives: Abi Dubovi

  • Associate Director, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives: Laura Santacrose

Community of Practice Committees

The Student Wellbeing Council is comprised of six sub-committees, which were proposed as a result of extensive campus conversations and listening sessions. The six groups currently include: 

  • Research and Evaluation

  • Policies and Practices

  • Supportive Environments

  • Belonging and Connection

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Services and Resources

Workforce Wellbeing Core Advisory Committee

The Workforce Wellbeing Core Advisory Committee provides leadership and momentum to advance efforts related to faculty and staff wellbeing.


The Workforce Wellbeing Core Advisory Committee (WWCAC) will partner with the Student Wellbeing Council to create an institution-wide vision and mission related to wellbeing at Cornell. The committee will issue key recommendations related to workforce wellbeing at least annually to Executive Sponsors, Christine Lovely, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), and Avery August, Deputy Provost. In between recommendation cycles, the committee will provide timely and ongoing insights, feedback, and smaller scale suggestions. Executive Sponsors will review recommendations and determine next steps.

Much work is occurring across the university in support of workforce wellbeing. The committee will seek to understand Cornell’s current workforce offerings, the impact of said offerings including inclusivity and accessibility, and make recommendations as needed to best align workforce practices with those outlined in the Okanagan Charter. Of equal importance, the committee will seek to understand and issue recommendations related to the root causes of unhealthy work and personal campus environments, regardless of location.

Understanding the experiences of faculty and staff is critical to developing informed recommendations. WWCAC will regularly receive data from HR Analytics in the Division of Human Resources (DHR) to receive  workforce insights. Additional data sources and input will be pursued as needed to ensure the committee makes objective and informed recommendations. While not charged with developing an institutional workforce wellbeing strategy, the committee’s efforts will inform the development of said strategy by DHR.



  • Director, Workforce Wellbeing, Division of Human Resources (DHR): Michelle Artibee


Executive Sponsors:

  • Deputy Provost: Avery August
  • CHRO and Vice President, DHR: Christine Lovely


Committee Coordinator:

  • Program Coordinator, Work/Life, DHR: Amy Layton


General Members:

  • Assist. Director of Administrative Services, Communications, Cornell Health: Jennifer Austin
  • Sr. Consultant, HR Analytics, DHR: Veronica Banks
  • Sr. Director, Benefit Services and Administration, DHR: Eric Biegler
  • Assoc. Director, Health and Welfare, Benefit Services and Administration, DHR: Emily Brousseau
  • Wellbeing Program Director, College of Veterinary Medicine: Kate Buckley
  • UAW Peer Representative, Staff and Labor Relations, DHR: James Dannic
  • ADA Coordinator, Facilities and Campus Services: Andrea Haenlin-Mott
  • Sr. Director, Employee Experience, DHR: Linda Croll Howell
  • Director, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Cornell Health: Julie Edwards
  • Sr. Director, Strategic Initiatives, DHR: Ashley Fazio
  • Sr. Assoc. Athletics Dir. of Physical Ed. & Dir. of Recreational Services, Cornell Athletics: Jen Gudaz
  • Director, Cornell Wellness: Kerry Howell
  • Sr. Project Manager, Flourish, Weill Cornell Medicine: Michael Lardner
  • Sr. Associate Vice Provost, Office of Faculty Development and Diversity: Yael Levitte
  • Assoc. Director, Master of Public Health Program & Professor of Practice: Gen Meredith
  • Program Manager, Work/Life, DHR: Ruth Merle-Doyle
  • Assoc. Vice President, Department of Inclusion and Belonging: Sonia Rucker
  • Manager, Sustainability, Facilities and Campus Services: Meredith Rutherford
  • Diversity and Inclusion Learning Consultant, Dept. of Inclusion and Belonging: Erin Sember Chase
  • Director, Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, DHR: Wai-Kwong Wong


Additional Sub-Committee Members

  • Lead Clinical Administrative Assistant, Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Jasmine Jay
  • Community Programming Specialist, Cornell Wellness: C. Lucas


Sub-committees are established to focus on specific areas identified by WWCAC for the semester or year. Limiting the number of sub-committees and being strategic about the amount of time granted to develop recommendations for leadership is intentional. This model ensures attention and resources are devoted to the focus areas so that recommendations and associated actions can be taken more swiftly. After issuing recommendations to WWCAC’s Executive Sponsors, the sub-committees may cease and new sub-committees will be established to work on other focus areas.

Fall 2023 Sub-committees:

  • Workload & Boundaries
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Spaces

Characteristics of the Communities of Practice

Domain: What WE Care About

  • creates common ground

  • inspires members to participate

  • guides learning

  • gives meaning to actions

Community: WHO Cares About It

  • enables collective learning

  • fosters interaction

  • encourages a willingness to share ideas

Practice: What We DO About It

  • provide focus on ways to address the problem(s) identified

Alignment with Okanagan Charter

Cornell's Community of Practice aligns with the Okanagan Charter's Guiding Principles and Calls to Action.


  • It aligns with three of the Charter's Guiding Principles:

    • Use settings and whole system approaches

    • Ensure comprehensive and campus-wide approaches

    • Develop trans-disciplinary collaborations and cross-sector partnerships

  • It supports two of the Charter's Calls To Action:

    • 2.1: Integrate health, wellbeing, and sustainability in multiple disciplines to develop change agents.

    • 2.3: Lead and partner towards local and global action for health promotion.