Eduardo Gonzalez
Eduardo Gonzalez
Extension Associate

Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City



Eduardo González, Jr. is a statewide Diversity Specialist for Cornell University Cooperative Extension.  In this capacity, a key area of focus for Mr. González is assisting staff, managers, administrators and their respective organizations in developing the awareness, understanding and skills needed to support and/or provide leadership in organizational change efforts on diversity.  He is a Lead Facilitator in the Opening Doors Diversity Project. Eduardo is also a Youth Development Specialist with the Family and Youth Development program at Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City. 

His experience and expertise in the field of youth development and education spans over 20 years with diverse adult and youth audiences. His work as a youth professional has been focused on working in partnership with youth to develop the skills, competencies and personal attributes to become empowered citizens-in-the-present.

Eduardo holds a Bachelor’s in Human Services and a Masters in Public Administration from Pace University. Mr. González is a past fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation International Fellowship in Community Development sponsored by Partners of the Americas.  He is a Certified Diversity Professional and holds a certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


Currently serve as a facilitator in partnership with Dr. Valerie Reyna's Gist-Enhanced Reducing the Risk (RTRGIST) Program.  The RTRgist program is for teenagers (ages 13-19) to learn about making healthy decisions in two specific areas: sex/sexual health as well as nutrition and fitness.  The study originally focused on sexual health and is based on the Reducing the Risk curriculum previously identified as effective by the Center of Disease Control. It was later modified to include a nutrition/fitness component.

The RTRgist curriculum consists of seven 2-hour sessions plus a pretest, post-test, and three-six-and 12-month follow-up questionnaires to assess effectiveness. It involves direct instruction and experimental activities such as role-playing to build skills in refusal, negotiation, and communication. The curriculum is delivered by trained instructors.

For more background information on the program please visit Adolescent Risky Decision Making or Reducing the Risk Research Project.

Diversity Resources Development

Diversity Program Delivery

Diversity Initiatives Development and Implementation

Diversity Program Assessment and Reporting

Youth Program Development and Planning

Youth Program Delivery and Reporting


Master of Public Administration, Government, Pace University

Bachelor of Art, Human Services, Pace University

Certificate Program, Certified Diversity Professional, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

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