Candace Megerssa ’22
Majors: Policy Analysis and Management
Minors: Business; Inequality Studies
The issue of public concern I’m passionate about is … structural issues that perpetuate a cycle of disparity that disproportionately affect low-income individuals and people of color. These disparities manifest themselves in various parts of society, but my interest lies in reducing inequities through public policy to improve educational and health outcomes among these marginalized groups.
Engagement experience: Before starting my time at Cornell, I was heavily involved in a local tutoring program for low-income children of color, and, during my time in Atlanta, I try my best to remain engaged with that community organization. While at Cornell, I tried my best to harness the skills I gained from that experience and began my engagement with Upward Bound. Also, I am involved with the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, am co-president of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association and work for the Cornell Annual Fund. Lastly, over winter break, I participated in a program in New York City which focused on how social factors affect health outcomes.
As an Engaged Ambassador, I … work with other Engaged Ambassadors to facilitate and encourage conversations to produce fruitful community engagement.
I got involved because … I loved that OEI differed from other outlets of community service because it places an emphasis on engagement and working together as a community.
My friends would say I’m … goofy and passionate.
Best Cornell memory (so far!): The car rides when we have our midnight runs to McDonald’.
Fun fact: I do not know how to ride a bike, and I kind of never want to learn just so I can see people’s reactions when I say that.
Future plans: I want to hopefully go to law school and later work in education and healthcare policy.
A cohort of students who have completed the Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership and lead a variety of special projects for the Office of Engagement Initiatives