Marquan Jones ’20
Major: Development Sociology
Minors: Business, Inequality Studies, Community Food Systems
I’m passionate about … food insecurity.
Engagement experience: This past summer I worked with a health equity coalition back home in Chicago. I worked in an urban garden in my community and addressed issues related to recidivism and access to nutritious foods.
As an Engaged Ambassador, I … will dedicate my life to solving issues of inequality. I will do so by understanding my place in systems of power/privilege and owning my intent and my impact.
I got involved because … I am passionate about using my privilege of academia to give back to communities similar to the one that produced me. I think this is important because, all too often, I see Cornell students stay on the hill and not engage with other communities. It is a privilege to be a student at this institution, and with privilege comes great responsibility.
My friends would say I’m … eclectic and multifaceted.
Best Cornell memory (so far!): Playing football and beating Harvard, and being in a play and performing at the Schwartz Center.
Fun fact: I’m part of a social justice fashion magazine on campus called The Collective Liberation (Collective X). I’m also a spoken word poet and an actor.
Future plans: Consulting for a couple years, then pursuing a JD/MBA.
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