Rachel is from Champaign, Illinois, and her broad interests and specific passion for public policy and social justice made the School of Industrial and Labor Relation’s interdisciplinary curriculum a solid fit. Since coming to Ithaca, Rachel has been involved in undergraduate research and the Cornell Prison Education Program. She is also a resident of the diverse self-governing community of students living at Telluride House. Rachel enjoys strong relationships with her professors and sees them as incredible resources and sources of inspiration. Her Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar award has helped her study beyond the academic horizons of the ILR School. Rachel has worked with the ILR Worker Institute and with a nontraditional labor organization in NYC, the Restaurant Opportunities Center, but she’s also studied outside ILR. This summer Rachel is a fellow at the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, which is designed to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for graduate school and faculty positions within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Rachel’s Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar award helped her find her faculty mentor and it has provided resources to cover the costs associated with her research.
Industrial and Labor Relations
2013 Truman Scholar
Like many ILR students, Simon is interested in turning his education and ideas into actions now, not later. He is the founder of one organization on campus that rewards innovative solutions to improve the human condition, and the co-founder of another organization that provides free legal services to low-income families in Panama. In 2013, Simon won the highly competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which provides substantial financial support for graduate school to approximately 65 college juniors throughout the United States who show great potential for leadership and public service. Simon is a research assistant at the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, which provides courses, research, and training in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He’s part of a project analyzing collective bargaining agreements between teacher unions and boards of education in every school district in New York State. The project is analyzing teacher contracts and these negotiations because it believes improving outcomes for teachers and students can be achieved at the bargaining table. Simon’s senior honors thesis will build on this work to examine teacher evaluation systems.