Student Program

Be the Change Workshops

Be the Change workshops are designed to build engaged leadership skills and understanding, including understanding how social identities impact how we approach leadership, encouraging peers to critically reflect and exploring power dynamics in a community engagement context.

All students are welcome to attend these skill-building spaces that advance your journey within the Certificate of Engaged Leadership. These workshops complement the knowledge-building space of Social Justice Roundtable sessions. Workshops are two hours and facilitated by student Engaged Ambassadors.


2017 Fall Schedule

Workshops are 5-7 p.m. in 209 Kennedy Hall unless otherwise noted. RSVP for one or all.

September 27 – Mentoring for Community Engagement and Leadership Development

Join us for this engaging, interactive and reflective workshop that will strengthen your mentorship toolkit. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify what useful mentors/mentees are, know and can do
  • Articulate how (interpersonal) skills developed through mentor-mentee relationships transfer to other real-world applications
  • Strengthen your ability to give and receive feedback

Presented by Mike Bishop, director of student leadership, Office of Engagement Initiatives, and Engaged Ambassadors.

October 4 – Strategic Communication and Transmedia Knowledge: How to Present Your Ideas and Work Using Digital Technology

A key component of engaged leadership is communicating your ideas and projects persuasively to different audiences, especially peers and community members. This presentation/workshop focuses on:

  • Enhancing leadership skills through strategic communication
  • Developing a transmedia approach to knowledge communication
  • Learning to “resonate” with audiences
  • Developing conceptual, aesthestic and technical skills in different media genre

Presented by Jon McKenzie, Dean’s Fellow for Media and Design and visiting professor of English. He has produced a number of experimental video essays and gives workshops on performative scholarship and smart media.

November 8 – Engaged Leadership and the Art of Dialogue

This presentation/workshop focuses on:

  • Practicing active listening and meaningful sending as foundational skills for dialogue
  • Exploring your social identity group memberships and how this impacts your work as an engaged leader
  • Reflecting in an intragroup setting of Cornell undergraduates about engaging with non-Cornell community partners beyond campus

Presented by student facilitators of Intergroup Dialogue Program.

November 30 – Connect the Dots of Your Cornell (and life) Experience through Critical Reflection

Presented by Engaged Ambassadors.



Drop in during Engaged Ambassador office hours in the Engaged Cornell Hub, 3rd floor, Kennedy Hall. Or email

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Andres 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;
6:30-7:30 p.m.
  10 a.m.-1 p.m.;
6:30-7:30 p.m.
JJ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.   10 a.m.-1 p.m.   10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Silvia 10 a.m.-1 p.m.   10 a.m.-1 p.m.   10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Mane     1:20-3:30 p.m.   10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Kelly 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.       10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tenzin 2:30-4:30 p.m.        
Conor   noon-2 p.m.   noon-2 p.m.  
Maia         2:30-4:30 p.m.

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