Thursday, December 8, 2016

Meet the 2017 ILR Vietnam Engaged Learning Team

The Students

Julissa Andrade (2018)
My name is Julissa Andrade and I am a junior studying Industrial and Labor Relations from St. Paul, Minnesota minoring in Law and Society and Inequality. My time abroad in the past compelled me to seek opportunities in which I can explore my interests academically in an international context and particularly in Southeast Asia.

As a prospective advocate invested in international issues, I am interested in exploring labor policy in Vietnam.  I am excited at the prospect of connecting with other students at Tan Duc Thang University and putting some of the theoretical concepts I have learned in my curriculum in practice.

Clara Chung (2019)
Hi I’m Clara Chung and I am a sophomore in the ILR School. I’m looking forward to traveling to Vietnam to explore important labor issues and collaborate with the students of Ton Duc Thang University.

I’m from New Jersey but my passion for examining corporate social responsibility practices in a comparative context has led me to travel to London and Korea. I look forward to assessing the efforts of Vietnamese corporations to implement business initiatives to benefit society. I believe that this opportunity will allow me to build on my academic experiences, which have focused on labor-management relationships, arbitration, and sustainability.

As for my extracurriculars, I am an active member of the Minority ILR Student Organization, which promotes diversity and inclusion for the Cornell community, the Financial Risk Management Club of Cornell, and the Cornell Alpha Fund.

Allison Considine (2017)

Hi, my name is Allison Considine and I am a senior in Industrial and Labor Relations, with minors in Law and Society, French, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I am from Rochester, NY, and spent my junior year studying abroad in Paris, France.

My ILR education has focused on the labor movement and global and domestic organizing. I believe strongly in the importance of a global labor movement to ensure everyone has safe, dignified work and a voice in their environment. I have pursued this passion through coursework and through my involvement in the Cornell Organization for Labor Action, a student-labor solidarity group working on local labor issues as well as international anti-sweatshop campaigns. On campus I am also an Outdoor Odyssey leader, a student worker at Temple of Zeus Cafe, an ILR Peer mentor, a member of the cooperative living system and a student representative to the Licensing Oversight Committee. Most recently, I served as a student delegate to the COP22 in Marrakech Morocco, and am excited to continue my engagement with labor and globalization, particularly given the post-colonial connections between France, Morocco, and Vietnam.

I am thrilled to be able to meet with Vietnamese labor relations students and to connect with them and learn about the challenges and opportunities they see in their country, as well as the chance to visit apparel factories and to meet some of the stakeholders in this complex arena.  I am particularly interested in the role of women in grassroots worker movements. Lastly, I am excited to engage with Vietnamese culture, and of course, savor delicious food with new friends.

Samir Jain (2019)

Hello! My name is Samir Jain and I am a sophomore in the ILR School from Batavia, NY. Within the ILR School, my areas of academic focus are Organizational Behavior and Conflict Resolution. I am very excited to be a part of the Vietnam GSL team this winter!

My interest in Conflict Resolution and passion to learn about other cultures led me to the Vietnam program as it gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in a different culture while looking at conflict and labor issues in a new context. I am really excited for this new, and hands-on experience! Outside of academics, I am an involved member of Cornell Bhangra and Alpha Phi Omega. I would like to thank everyone who made this opportunity possible and I can’t wait to learn more about Vietnam and the conflict resolution systems in place.

Hunter Moskowitz (2018)
Hello, I am Hunter Moskowitz and I am extremely excited about traveling to Vietnam! I am a junior in ILR with a minor in history from Massachusetts.

My excitement for this experience and research project come from a combined interest in international issues and labor. Having taken classes at ILR and from outside work experience, I am passionate about finding examining labor issues, especially from worker’s perspective. In addition, I have always taken in interest in international and human rights issues, especially as an active participate in the Cornell International Affairs Society. I hope through this experience to gain a better understanding of how labor issues vary across countries through the lens of dispute resolution and labor conflict. I also am intrigued to hear from Vietnamese students and learn from their studies and experiences.

Aside from academics, I also play ultimate Frisbee, write for the blogs section of the Daily Sun, and participate in the Friends of Farm worker program.

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