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.
- Olubukola “Bukola” Anifowoshe ’19, Biology and Society, Development Sociology
- Tenzin Dechen ’18, Biology and Society
- Nicha “JJ” Erapaiboon ’18, Hotel Administration
- Chenab Khakh ’20, Biology and Society
- Imani Majied ’19, Industrial and Labor Relations
- Conor McCabe ’18, Animal Science
- Emma Runge ’20, Government, Information Science
- Hannah Simmerman ’19, Industrial and Labor Relations
Graduate Program Assistants
- Joy Das MPA ’18, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
- Jazlin Gomez MPA ’18, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
Majors/Minors/Concentrations: Biology and society, development sociology
I’m passionate about … the education gap.
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
Hometown: Queens, New York
Major: Biology and society
I’m passionate about … educational equity, women’s rights and socioeconomic health disparities.
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.
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
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
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!
Hometown: West Linn, Oregon
Major: Animal science
I’m passionate about … food security.
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
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!
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.
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
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