Ben Ortiz is the assistant curator of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), which is part of Cornell University Library's Rare and Manuscript Collections division. The world's most extensive research archive on hip hop music and culture, the CHHC is nearly a decade old and continues to grow each year. It contains an estimated quarter-million artifacts.
Ben served as an inaugural member of the CHHC's advisory board upon its creation in 2007 and took on his current role in 2011. Prior to that, he worked at Cornell as coordinator of K-12 outreach in the Cornell Public Service Center; as a program counselor in the Office of Minority Educational Affairs (today called the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives); and as residence hall director for the Risley Residential College for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Ben is active in the local music scene and can be found rocking dance floors as his alter ego, DJ ha-MEEN. Other pursuits of Ben's include painting, mountain biking, and playing Afro-Cuban and other forms of percussion.