Olayinka Ajayi ’23
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations
Minors: Law and Society, Inequality Studies, History of Capitalism, Feminist and Gender Studies
The issue of public concern I’m passionate about is … achieving educational equity for underserved youth. Of all the public issues I find myself interacting with, this is one that I always seem to revisit and have continued engagement with.
Engagement experience: I got the chance to take part in a revitalization initiative at a small women’s shelter in California. This was my first engagement experience, and it was a solid beginning to my interests in tying engagement to advocacy. It also helped me to call into question some of the misconceptions I held about shelters and the public welfare system, which largely played a part in the choice of majors/minors I’m involved in now.
As an Engaged Ambassador, I … aim to further my connection to service and gain more experience with service learning. I want to explore the different means of community engagement with a collective of people who share similar sentiments. I’d also like to get opportunities to advocate for getting the larger Cornell community interested in community engagement.
I got involved because … coming to Cornell, I felt it was necessary to retain my ties to community engagement. I felt that, as an Engaged Ambassador, I could do both that and further my knowledge on the different avenues to do so.
My friends would say I’m … strong willed and innovative.
Best Cornell memory (so far!): While walking along one of the trails near Beebe Lake, I had the pleasure of encountering a snake and sprinting away with a level of speed I hadn’t known I possessed.
Fun fact: I cannot ride a bike.
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