Farmworker initiatives earn community engagement honor

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has named Cornell University the winner of the 2019 Northeast Region Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the award recognizes extraordinary community outreach initiatives by its member universities.

Cornell was recognized for its interdisciplinary farmworker research and collaboration initiatives, which collectively benefit thousands of farmworkers in 40 counties across New York state and beyond.

The work began with the Cornell Farmworker Program, established in 1966 to support migrant farmworkers, a vital part of New York’s agriculture economy, through housing improvements, education, health and pesticide training.

Today, Cornell’s support of farmworkers and farmworker-focused organizations involves faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell Law School and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Cornell Cooperative Extension associates; and 24 community partners. More than 300 students participate each year, through 28 community-engaged learning courses across 11 departments.

Read the full article in the Cornell Chronicle.