Delaney Ho ’21
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations
Minors: Spanish; Law and Society; Inequality Studies
The issue of public concern I’m passionate about is … the vast income inequality in our country. It captures my attention the greatest because it manifests itself within our criminal justice system, housing, schooling, healthcare, environmental degradation, food, labor and all facets of life. My vision for a healthy community is where everyone has enough income and enough benefits to truly live the American dream — not just a select few who are born into economic privilege and can afford the American dream.
Engagement experience: I am currently a Cornell Tradition Fellow, an organization that requires 150 hours of volunteer service and encourages deeper engagement with the communities we are volunteering in. During my last summer and winter break, I traveled abroad to learn from and volunteer within communities abroad.
This past summer, I traveled to Karnataka, India to volunteer with an NGO in a small tribal village for eight weeks. My position was within the Socioeconomic Empowerment sector of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM). I worked directly with the tailoring unit of their vocational training program, working closely with the women in the training batch. My completed project showed an increase in enrollment into SVYM’s vocational training program of tailoring through my use of targeted testimonials and video. I marketed tribal women’s micro-enterprise products on an online platform. Additionally, I assisted organizing community forums to discuss local issues such as access to water or challenges in agriculture.
This past winter break, I spent two weeks volunteering at an NGO, Tzu Chi, in Hualien, Taiwan. While in Taiwan, we volunteered at Tzu Chi’s hospital and recycling plant. We learned about Taiwanese culture, connected with the other volunteers at Tzu Chi, and built last connections between Cornell and Tzu Chi. I have been selected to lead the next Cornell partnership with Tzu Chi.
As an Engaged Ambassador, I … share my engaged experiences and provide helpful guidance for those beginning their own engaged journeys. I also lead workshops about ethical engagement and guide others along their path of public purpose. Through my role as an Engaged Ambassador, I want to inform Cornell students of the various resources our program provides to support those interested in community engagement.
I got involved because … community engagement has been a central part of my life since middle school. Despite moving across the country and entering into vastly different communities, I didn’t want that to end. Luckily, I came across OEI, which provided me with direction and resources for my community engagement while at Cornell.
My friends would say I’m … passionate, dedicated, outgoing and helpful.
Best Cornell memory (so far!): Supporting my friends’ dance performances/acapella concerts!
Fun fact: I’ve been skydiving!
Future plans: After graduation, I plan on going into union organizing for a couple years. After that, I will attend law school and go into public sector law.
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