ISCOL Family Program

Family Program

The ISCOL Family Program inspires and educates a new generation of community leaders to tackle the seemingly-intractable problems that face our society, such as poverty, hunger, ignorance, homelessness and violence.

Advisory committee co-chairs

Alan Mathios & Christopher Wildeman

There are success stories of communities being built or rebuilt, of individuals having profound effects upon areas of social concern, and of ideas that lead to breakthroughs in supposedly insurmountable problems. The ISCOL Family Program connects individuals who have a commitment to social change and public service with Cornell students. 

An Iscol Summer Scholar helps to organize a health fair in NYC

Joshua Tetrick ’04, Founder & CEO of 33needs and 2011 Iscol Lecturer, speaking with students after his talk

Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource, delivers the 2013 Iscol Lecture

Glenn Martin meeting a student during his visit to deliver an Iscol Lecture

The aim is to stimulate our students to reflect on their talents, education, experience, and personal resources and to help them make the leap in imagination necessary to understand that they can make a significant difference in society as professionals, volunteers or philanthropists.

This program seeks, as well, to encourage new problem-centered approaches to educating students, to create a dialogue among faculty within the university and to strengthen university-community partnerships in tackling some of society’s greatest challenges.