Vice President Lombardi offers condolences on death of Daniela Lee ’22

It is with great sadness that I share that Daniela Lee ’22, a senior from Pinetop, Arizona, died last evening.

A communication major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Daniela had a deep love of reading and wanted to introduce more readers to classic literature. Daniela worked with the Native American Advocacy Foundation, a non-profit founded by her sister, focused on Native American literacy initiatives. At Cornell, she was deeply engaged in the program and community within the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) and was involved in Cru, an interdenominational Christian student organization and Cornell United Religious Work affiliate.

In the wake of any loss, it is important to ask for support when you need it. Please take a moment to connect with friends and family or to use the support resources listed below. An in-person community support meeting open to all community members will be held on Thursday, April 21 from 5 – 6 p.m. in 142 Goldwin Smith.

On behalf of the Cornell community, I extend my sincere condolences to Daniela’s family, including her parents, both Cornell alumni, and her sisters, who are current students, as well as her friends and teachers. Please join me in keeping them in your thoughts during this difficult time.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Community Support Resources

Individuals can have a diverse range of feelings, needs, and reactions when facing loss. This information about Grief and Loss (pdf) may be helpful to you or a friend. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. A wide range of supportive resources is also available at

Students in need of professional mental health support can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155 and employees can call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673.