Student Program

Engaged Ambassadors

Engaged Ambassadors lead a variety of special projects for the Office of Engagement Initiatives. But this is more than a job. It’s a passion.

2017-18 Ambassadors

Graduate Program Assistants

  • Joy Das MPA ’18, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
  • Jazlin Gomez MPA ’18, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Bukola Anifowoshe ’19

Majors/Minors/Concentrations: Biology and society, development sociology

I’m passionate about … the education gap.

Engagement experience: Alternative Breaks, Certificate in Engaged Leadership, Baton Rouge service trip

As an Engaged Ambassador, I … advance Engaged Cornell’s mission of increasing opportunities to participate in community-engaged experiences by coordinating outreach to student organizations.

I got involved because … I wanted to see more people of color like myself involved in community engagement on and off campus.

My friends would say I’m … funny and goofy with a balanced drive for success.

Best Cornell memory (so far!): Slope Day 2016

Fun fact: I worked in Egypt last summer and can read Arabic.

Future plans: Master of Public Health


Tenzin Dechen ’18

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Hometown: Queens, New York

Major: Biology and society

I’m passionate about … educational equity, women’s rights and socioeconomic health disparities.

Engagement experience: I’ve participated in the Natural Leaders workshops and earned the Certificate in Engaged Leadership. I’ve also participated in the certificate capstone.

As an Engaged Ambassador, I … facilitate the Certificate in Engaged Leadership capstone and retreats, meaning I collectively plan and facilitate workshop dialogues, Community Engaged Student Travel Grant pre- and post-engagement workshops, Be the Change, Call to Action event, certificate retreats and post capstone meet-ups.

I got involved because … I enjoy planning and facilitating workshops and dialogues centered on social justice topics. I am passionate about social justice because I would like to contribute to enhancing the social justice climate on Cornell’s campus.

My friends would say I’m … caring, funny and always looking for an adventure.

Fun fact: My birthday is on World Toilet Day, and I’m so happy because I care about tackling open-defecation.

Future plans: I plan to pursue an MPH and then an MD degree. I would like to become an OBGYN and improve women’s reproductive health care access in underserved countries.


JJ Erapaiboon ’18

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Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Majors/Minors/Concentrations: Major in hotel administration with a concentration in hotel development; minors in design, horticulture, real estate

I’m passionate about … environmental rights.

Engagement experience: Cornell University Sustainable Design, Residential Energy Efficiency in Ithaca research

As an Engaged Ambassador, I … work with staff to create marketing materials.

I got involved because … I wanted to learn more about being an “engaged” student and learn how to empower my peers to do the same; to practice my graphic design skills and hopefully develop leadership skills as well.

My friends would say I’m … friendly and passionate.

Best Cornell memory (so far!): Times when I’m walking home alone and I get to clear my mind and really appreciate everything and everyone around me

Future plans: Help create awesome hotels that encompass sustainability and nurture communities that surround them


Chenab Khakh ’20

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Hometown: Hewlett, New York

Majors/Minors/Concentrations: Major in biology and society; minors in business and health policy

I’m passionate about … health care equality.

Engagement experience: Cornell Urban Semester

As an Engaged Ambassador, I … manage the peer mentorship and ePortfolio project team.

I got involved because … community engagement builds character, friendship, leadership and positive change.

My friends would say I’m … hard-working, enthusiastic, caring and outgoing.

Best Cornell memory (so far!): Having the two historical snow days last year!

Fun fact: I helped start a community garden in my hometown.

Future plans: Physician or public health administrator


Imani Majied ’19

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Major: Industrial and labor relations

I’m passionate about … access to quality education.

Engagement experience: Taught English in Spain, volunteer with the Islamic Leadership School, worked with Anabel’s Grocery

As an Engaged Ambassador, I … help to cultivate and create leadership experiences for members of the Cornell community.

I got involved because … community development is extremely important to me, and I was eager to work with other like-minded individuals to expand community development efforts at Cornell.

My friends would say I’m … friendly.

Best Cornell memory (so far!): Having a double snowday

Fun fact: I learned how to snap with all five fingers at once before I learned with just two fingers.

Future plans: MBA? So much to figure out!


Conor McCabe ’18

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Hometown: West Linn, Oregon

Major: Animal science

I’m passionate about … food security.

Engagement experience: Service learning in Mekong Delta (Vietnam program). Look to take Seed to Supper and Cornell in Borneo class this fall.

As an Engaged Ambassador, I … look to increase student engagement in areas where they excel by funding projects where students can apply what they have learned in the classroom in real community scenarios.

I got involved because … I believe that change happens at the community level, and I wanted to get involved with like-minded individuals who are working to create change in their respective areas. Additionally, I have been given multiple leadership development opportunities throughout my life, and I now look to give back by facilitating opportunities for my peers who seek answers through professional development and community work.

My friends would say I’m … motivated and have the innate ability to remember every little detail.

Best Cornell memory (so far!): Being named president of the American Dairy Science Association at the 2016 Annual Meeting

Fun fact: I used to have six wisdom teeth.

Future plans: Animal scientist that uses innovative agriculture practices to promote global food security at all levels


Emma Runge ’20

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Hometown: Catonsville, Maryland

Majors/Minors/Concentrations: Government and information science

I’m passionate about … women’s rights and sexual assault prevention.

Engagement experience: Kenya Connect Program

I got involved because … I am passionate about social justice and engagement and thought this position would help me become more engaged on campus.

My friends would say I’m … friendly, adventurous and thoughtful.

Best Cornell memory (so far!): Exploring Ithaca’s beautiful outdoors with friends

Fun fact: I Irish danced for 12 years.

Future plans: Still deciding, hopefully a career in the social justice field!


Hannah Simmerman ’19

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Hometown: Leonardtown, Maryland

Majors/Minors/Concentrations: Major in industrial and labor relations; minors in global health, spanish and inequality studies

I’m passionate about … labor rights and access to healthcare.

Engagement experience: Certificate in Engaged Leadership, Intergroup Dialogue Project

As an Engaged Ambassador, I … plan and facilitate Certificate in Engaged Leadership capstone dialogue sessions, plan content for and facilitate workshops/Call to Action events and help people who want to complete the certificate or learn more about engaged leadership.

I got involved because … I was a participant with the certificate and liked that it helps people find the resources to create change and also prepares people to make a meaningful impact and think critically about their own effect on a community.

My friends would say I’m … laid back, but responsible.

Best Cornell memory (so far!): Hard to choose one. I’ve really enjoyed living in a co-op and getting to know all my housemates, so spending time in that community is one of my favorite memories.

Fun fact: I’m a certified wilderness first responder.

Future plans: Work in the labor movement


Office Hours

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Tenzin 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Emma 10 a.m.-noon
Imani 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Conor 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hannah 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Chenab 12:15-2:15 p.m.
JJ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.