Lassan Bagayoko ’22
Minors: Education; Law and Society; Inequality Studies
I am passionate about … being your authentic self. Feeling out of place is common, and imposter syndrome is a real thing. I hope to make everyone feel comfortable being themselves and embrace who they are.
Engagement experience: Having a chance to visit Southside Community Center for their Halloween Parade was my favorite engagement experience. The energy and excitement of all the kids in their costumes reminded me of being a kid, eager to show off my costume, hang with my friends and eat a ton of candy!
As an Engaged Ambassador, I … will be working with the leaders of Cornell’s campus, to develop inclusivity, diversity and consideration amongst the student organizations on campus. I really hope to make Cornell a place where people embrace who they are, feel comfortable being themselves, and feel like all of Cornell, not only their niche, is a safe space.
I got involved because … I understand how daunting an experience like coming to Cornell for the first time can be for students of an underrepresented background, and I want to make this transition as seamless as possible while still allowing them to be themselves.
My friends would say I’m … calm, cool and collected yet energetic, passionate and loud. You never can know what to expect.
Best Cornell memory (so far!): Living on North campus near all of my closest friends. Most of us didn’t live in the same residence hall, but it was nice to have impromptu hangouts.
Fun fact: I have a twin brother, my mother is a twin and my father is a triplet.
Future plans: I hope to one day visit the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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