Alex Foley ’22
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations
Minors: Leadership; Inequality Studies; Business; Law and Society
Concentration: Human Resources; Pre-Law
The issue of public concern I’m passionate about is … food insecurity, and I am focused on learning more about LGBTQ+ rights along with homelessness and housing policies.
Engagement experience: My engagement experience started out at when I first got to campus . As a Tradition Fellow, I knew that I wanted to be involved both on and off campus as soon as I started my freshman year. Right away, I started the Certificate in Engaged Leadership where I learned the difference of engagement through service and exposure through volunteering.
I quickly joined the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega (APO), where I have been exposed to many different areas of public concern and have been able to connect with many organizations in our local community while maintaining a global purpose. APO has allowed me to explore service areas that I haven’t previously been exposed to and has given me the opportunity to do meaningful service with my brothers.
I also joined Alternative Breaks last year where I learned the importance of curriculum-based learning and reflection before, during and after service to meaningfully connect with the communities we work with. My trip focused on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in New York City and the experience was life changing. I also took EDUC 2610, The Intergroup Dialogue Project, last spring to learn about communication across differences which continues to allow me to better engage with my community.
As an Engaged Ambassador, I … work with my peers to facilitate growth in the area of community-engaged learning while also continuing to learn and focus my own career path to align with the principles of service learning.
I got involved because … I believe in the power of community engagement to create a positive, lasting impact on our communities. I have seen service-learning principles in action and know that education and critical reflection are equally important as the service portion of engagement.
I also want to harness the skills of service leadership so that I can take them with me into my career.
My friends would say I’m … busy and involved in many areas of campus.
Best Cornell memory (so far!): Joining Alpha Phi Omega and having so many friends to hang out with all the time!
Fun fact: I recorded an album with my high school’s jazz band at Capitol Records in Hollywood.
Future plans: I want to study abroad at the University College Dublin next year as part of an ILR exchange program. After college, I want to work in Human Resources and eventually go to law school to study employment law.
A cohort of students who have completed the Certificate in Engaged Leadership and lead a variety of special projects for the Office of Engagement Initiatives