Cornell University Women Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship

The Women Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship is a one-year program open to Cornell University graduate and undergraduate students designed to accelerate career and executive-leadership advancement in sustainability-related fields.  

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Fellowship Details 2021-2021

Applications closed for 2021


The Women Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the President’s Council of Cornell Women Frank H.T. Rhodes Leadership Fund. 


2021 –2022 
Cornell University Women Leaders in Sustainability Fellows


Cindy Cordoba Arroyo Cindy Cordoba Arroyo (PhD Candidate)  cc2633@cornell.edu
Apparel Design, College of Human Ecology

Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering at National University of Colombia in 2014. Growing up nurtured by a fine arts teacher as her mother and a farmer as a father in the mountains of Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia. She has learned sustainability from the intersection of natural systems and design. Cindy is inspired by rural communities’ capacity to build resilience in diverse ecosystems. She seeks to highlight these sustainable efforts through her research. During her undergraduate, she worked in renewable energy solutions, biogas from agricultural waste to provide energy access to off-grid communities in the Pacific region of Colombia. Cindy earned a M.Sc. in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising at Louisiana State University in 2018. The common thread among her environmental and apparel studies is that Cindy is interested recovering waste as raw material for new value chains. She has won a number of fellowship awards including the Frances Hesselbein Institute of the University of Pittsburgh for academic and leadership record, the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship, and the VERGE emerging leader in Sustainability. Cindy’s research focuses on post-consumer textile waste management from airline uniforms. Work wear have limited diversion opportunities from the landfill because they are branded and non-ready to wear apparel, therefore, they cannot be donated through charity and textile banks. Her research seeks to offer higher material recovery rate for unused and discarded post-consumer airline uniforms through upcycling them into new uniforms.

Project: Supply Chain Carbon Management
Supervisor: Kim Anderson, Engagement Manager, and Sarah Carson Zemanick, Director, Campus Sustainability Office


Amelia-Juliette DemeryAmelia-Juliette Demery (PhD Candidate) acd254@cornell.edu
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, her past and current research is interested in what makes organisms vary, focusing on the beaks and irises of birds, their color, morphology, and how that has changed across space and time. At Cornell she focuses on the genetics underlying color in bird beaks, the evolution of Australian finches, and the evolutionary patterns of iris color across all birds. Amelia's research, combined with her service work in her professional societies and public policy forums, inspired her to pursue work in policy and policy messaging, geared towards using science to serve policy for avian conservation and using policy to make science more equitable and inclusive. She co-wrote a paper in Nature about policies that can make field work safer for researchers using a universal and tiered lens, helped secure voting representation of the 900+ student body in the American Ornithological Society, and is currently working on legislative policy as a member of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. Amelia's hobbies include dungeons and dragons, soccer, and reading.

Project: Low-Carbon Travel & Carbon Offsets
Supervisor: Sarah Brylinsky, Assistant Director, Campus Sustainability Office


Josephine MartellJosephine Martell (PhD Candidate; Employee Degree Program) jem22@cornell.edu
Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Josephine Martell is an applied social scientist with over 20 years of experience working in the public policy and communication sectors of the conservation field. She is a third year PhD candidate in the department of Natural Resources and Environment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and the Director of the CALS Office of Research Development. Her research examines how message framing effects, and word choice, impact conservation and environmental decision-making and public policy. She focuses on real-life communication and advocacy campaigns with the aim to provide an immediate impact to the conservation field, while contributing to our body of knowledge about strategic communication. Martell’s career has been shaped by her dedication to public service and social equity. She has worked nationally and internationally as a hands-on champion and lobbyist on issues as varied as the international wildlife trade to LGBTQ, racial, and reproductive rights for women. Martell holds a MS in public policy from the Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and a BA in Classics from Reed College. Martell grew up travelling around the world, and much of her work and life are informed by her multicultural upbringing. She lives in Ithaca with her husband and three children and runs daily to preserve her sanity.

Project: Climate Action Plan Strategy
Supervisor: Sarah Brylinsky, Assistant Director, Sarah Carson Zemanick, Director, Campus Sustainability Office


Chun XuChun Xu (MRP Candidate) cx242@cornell.edu
City and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning 

Chen grew up in China and witnessed China's economic take-off and rapid urbanization in the past twenty years. Her passion for the urban space and development was fully inspired after five years’ studying at Tongji University for her undergraduate degree in Architecture. She then joined the Cornell AAP community to figure out what is going on in the urban space in a macro and systematic perspective and its vulnerability due to climate change. She is an energetic and enthusiastic doer, urging to figure out preemptive, strategical and practical solutions for potential environmental degradation, and make some real progress for anticipating climate challenges. She recognized herself as a designer, to organize and mediate cross-disciplinary research and practice when addressing challenges in the built and living environment.

Project: Living Laboratory Program Development
Supervisor: Sarah Brylinsky, Assistant Director, Campus Sustainability Office

Cornell University Women Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship 2021-2022 Details

Fellowship Details  

The Women Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship is a program supported by the Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office designed to empower leaders to action with a three-part professional development experience. 

Fellows will engage in personal leadership development, mentoring & networking with acclaimed women leaders in sustainability, and be provided with a paid internship focused on designing and implementing a strategic project for climate and sustainability impact at Cornell University.  

The Fellowship is open to all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.  Applicants from any College or program enrolled as full-time students through the end of summer 2022 are encouraged to apply. 

The WLS Fellowship is designed to accelerate candidates' leadership potential with three program components.  Fellows receive a financial compensation package for the completion of all components of the work and development outlined here.  

  • Internship and Sustainability Solutions Project 

  • The main component of the Fellowship is advanced project design and implementation in a real-world setting. Fellows will join the staff of the Campus Sustainability Office for a paid position totaling 10hrs/week during Fall and Spring semesters (August-May), and 20hrs/week during the summer (May-August). 

  • Fellows will work with a professional mentor to design and implement a real-world solution to a sustainability challenge at Cornell University in one of three focus areas:

    • Community Engagement
      Climate Leadership
      Sustainability Change Management
  • Candidates may express interest in one or more areas during application.
  • Women in Sustainability Networking  

  • Virtual coffee chats with a series of high-profile women in sustainability executive leadership from across New York State and international sustainability and climate programs.  Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in small groups and 1:1 time with leaders in career fields, creating valuable networking connections and an opportunity to be inspired by diverse career trajectories.

  • Personal Leadership Journey 

  • Fellows will gain a deep sense of strengths, passion, and vision through leadership development experiences designed to empower your path to executive leadership and meaningful change agency. Personal leadership activities will include reflection, outdoor or hands-on team building (as allowed by University policy regarding in-person activities during COVID19), and strengths-identification.
     

Total Fellowship Award:  Graduate Fellowship Award: $11,200*, Undergraduate Fellowship Award: $8,200*  

*Approximate total compensation for hours worked during Fellowship, paid as hourly rate 

Commitment and Dates 2021-2022

The Cornell Women’s Sustainability Fellowship represents a unique opportunity to accelerate applicants’ professional careers. As such, applicants must be able to commit to the full fellowship from August 2021 – August 2022 as outlined above, and additional professional development opportunities.   

  • The Fellowship will begin the first week of classes in August 2021 and end early August 2022. 

  • Fellows will join the staff of the Campus Sustainability Office for a paid internship position totaling 10hrs/week during Fall and Spring semesters (August-May), and 20hrs/week during the summer (May-August). 

  • Other program experiences entail an additional 4-6 hours/semester.  

  • Due to ongoing changes to University policy regarding in-person activities and work during the COVID19 pandemic, the Fellowship will likely include both in-person and remote opportunities.  The program will work with applicants to ensure a strong experience as opportunities and changes to University procedure continue to evolve.


Commitment and Dates 2021-2022

The Cornell Women’s Sustainability Fellowship represents a unique opportunity to accelerate applicants’ professional careers. As such, applicants must be able to commit to the full fellowship from August 2021 – August 2022 as outlined above, and additional professional development opportunities.   

  • The Fellowship will begin the first week of classes in August 2021 and end early August 2022. 

  • Fellows will join the staff of the Campus Sustainability Office for a paid internship position totaling 10hrs/week during Fall and Spring semesters (August-May), and 20hrs/week during the summer (May-August). 

  • Other program experiences entail an additional 4-6 hours/semester.  

  • Due to ongoing changes to University policy regarding in-person activities and work during the COVID19 pandemic, the Fellowship will likely include both in-person and remote opportunities.  The program will work with applicants to ensure a strong experience as opportunities and changes to University procedure continue to evolve.


Eligibility 

 

Preference will be given to applicants who are entering or currently enrolled in a graduate-level program with some demonstrated sustainability experience.  However, applications from highly skilled undergraduate candidates with exceptional leadership potential, relevant experience, and background will also be considered.  

  • This Fellowship is for all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. 

  • Candidates are welcome and encouraged from all programs and Colleges. 

  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States and enrolled as full-time students at Cornell University for the 2021 - 2022 academic year and through summer 2022. 

  • Due to grant restrictions, students graduating in May 2022 are not eligible to apply. (You must be enrolled as a full-time student through the end of August 2022.)

  • Applications from underrepresented communities including LGBTQ+, black, indigenous, and persons of color and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged. 


Eligibility 

 

Preference will be given to applicants who are entering or currently enrolled in a graduate-level program with some demonstrated sustainability experience.  However, applications from highly skilled undergraduate candidates with exceptional leadership potential, relevant experience, and background will also be considered.  

  • This Fellowship is for all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. 

  • Candidates are welcome and encouraged from all programs and Colleges. 

  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States and enrolled as full-time students at Cornell University for the 2021 - 2022 academic year and through summer 2022. 

  • Due to grant restrictions, students graduating in May 2022 are not eligible to apply. (You must be enrolled as a full-time student through the end of August 2022.)

  • Applications from underrepresented communities including LGBTQ+, black, indigenous, and persons of color and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged. 

Application Requirements 

 

The deadline for application to the 2021-2022 Fellowship is Friday May 28th, 2021. 
Please submit your resume and letter of recommendation in the same email if possible.  

  • Women Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship Applicant Form  

  • The application includes demographic questions and 2 short essays to help us best identify your potential and interest for the Sustainable Solution Projects. Note that this form replaces a traditional cover letter. 

  • Application Form 

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    Resume or CV with subject “Women Leaders in Sustainability Applicant” 

    Email to sustainability@cornell.edu with letter of recommendation 
     

    1 Letter of Recommendation

    Supporting candidate’s leadership potential and interest in career opportunities related to sustainable development and climate leadership. Email to sustainability@cornell.edu with resume or CV.

Contact

Questions about this program?  Email sustainability@cornell.edu.