Alessandra Cruz

Alessandra Cruz

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Undergraduate Resident Fellow

Alessandra is a senior studying Human Development and minoring in Education & Law and Society. Issues of public concern Alessandra is passionate about are mental health, educational equity, and law and enforcement. Her engagement experiences include volunteering in the Philippine General Hospital in the Philippines, serving as a summer research associate for Cayuga Health Partners, connecting students to engaged learning opportunities as a student liaison of the Cornell Urban Semester Program, and leading activities on West Campus as an Active Citizen. 

As an Engaged Ambassador, Alessandra is passionate about and honored to be part of the Engaged Cornell community that reaches people from all over the world. She appreciates leading and learning in a community-engaged environment, listening to people’s stories, sense of purpose, and passion. She has a strong interest in the “So what?” aspect of proposed solutions to issues of public concern, and appreciates that Engaged Cornell provides networks with community organizations for students, faculty, and staff to explore the “So what?” aspect. These networks quite literally allow them to see how their academic work and experiences connect with the community goals. Through networking, civic engagement, and critical reflection, they are creating a “knowledge bridge” in hopes of lessening the opportunity gap between institutions and communities within Ithaca, New York, and around the world.

Alessandra is known as an approachable, reliable, inspirational, funny, and driven woman, who loves to dance while listening to music. Her favorite memory of Cornell is the first time she saw a fall sunset on the slope. She plans to apply to graduate/law schools and to continue to support the Cornell community. She also wants to stay healthy and continue to inspire others, especially women of color, to value their self-worth.