Patrick Mehler ’23
Hometown: Yonkers, New York
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations
Minors: Leadership; Law & Society
How has your participation in the community-engaged leadership program supported you in helping people get along better? Through our contentious conversations, I enjoyed disagreeing with others and forcing each other to challenge why/what/how we think.
Community-engaged leadership is … working with those whom you are serving to better the community and yourself with all stakeholders contributing to the community’s success.
I work with my community(ies) to address … student voting and civic engagement.
My friends would say I’m … confident, passionate and extremely interconnected within my communities.
Fun fact: I once balanced an egg on a nail on the Equator during the summer solstice and received an “award” from the President of Ecuador.
The best part about the community-engaged leadership program is … learning new styles of leadership and the focus on critical reflection.
For my Stage 2 committed project, I … worked with Cornell Votes, Ithaca, NY. I ran the organization to increase student voter turnout via coalition building, strategic communication and effective community engagement with our 50+ group. While we may not have the concrete data yet, the Cornell community was incredibly appreciative of the work we completed.
My community partner(s) taught me … the importance of placing your full trust in those whom you look to serve.
I plan to continue my journey as an engaged leader by … continuously serving my Cornell community and future ones with service and community ingrained.
Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership
Build on your interests and apply your experiences (from courses to extracurricular activities) to this program to develop the skills you need to be a community-engaged leader.