Yael Levitte is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity. Levitte works closely with the Deputy Provost on issues of faculty development and diversity across the University, addressing the need for more accountability in the hiring process, while ensuring the excellence and diversity of the faculty. Yael is also a member of the University Diversity Council (UDC), which is responsible for implementation of and accountability on diversity initiatives campus-wide. Levitte was Executive Director of the CU-ADVANCE Center (2009-2012), an NSF-funded Center working to retain and advance women in science and engineering. Before assuming the directorship of CU-ADVANCE, she was a senior research associate in the Cornell ILR School, 2007-09, and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, 2003-07. In 2009 she was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant (with Cornell’s Sharon Sassler and Jennifer Glass of the University of Texas-Austin) to study the entry and retention of women in the sciences. In 2014, the same research team was awarded an NSF grant titled: “Collaborative Research: Early Career Transitions into STEM Employment: Processes Shaping Retention and Satisfaction.” Levitte also garnered Cornell’s Cook Award in 2010 for her commitment to women’s issues and improving the climate for women at Cornell. Yael earned a B.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an MS.Pl. in Urban Planning, and a Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of Toronto.
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