Samuel Adeleye ’22
Major: Applied Economics and Management
Concentration: Strategy and Finance
The issue of public concern I’m passionate about is … racial and socioeconomic inequality. As the two issues I’ve been most familiar with, I’ve seen the devastating effects that skin color and wealth, or a lack thereof, can have on an individual or a community. Improving awareness to these nuanced, complex issues through initiatives like Engaged Ambassadors is the first step truly addressing these inequities within our society
Engagement experience: Prior to Cornell, I was part of DAIS (Diversity Alliance Initiative for Students), a student-led organization in the tri-state area committed to advocating for diversity and equity within our communities. Coming into Cornell, I initially hoped to pursue a major that tackled similar issues, pursuing DSOC initially, but eventually switching to Dyson in hopes of addressing complex issues of inequality through the realm of business. In terms of extra-curricular engagement, I am currently a resident within the Equity and Engagement Living and Learning Community, as well as a member of the LINK Men’s Alliance.
As an Engaged Ambassador, I … hope to continue making an impact wherever I can and however I can. As a student, I often forget that I can create and inspire change right now. I hope to do whatever I can right now to help foster a more equitable mindset among my peers, working with my peers at Engaged Ambassadors to do just that.
I got involved because … I care. Ultimately, I believe it comes down to how much one cares about the issues. No matter how small, there is always a way to make a difference if the desire is present.
My friends would say I’m … very blunt and strategic.
Best Cornell memory (so far!): The 2 a.m. run to Nasties freshman year
Fun fact: I’m the youngest of five boys.
Future plans: I hope to utilize a background and eventual career in finance to focus on sustainable and diversity-oriented investing in rising business sectors. I also hope to educate less fortunate URM students on potential careers in business and the importance of financial security.
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