Photo exhibit captures Cornell Urban Scholars Program’s “work in progress”

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October 15, 2008

The Cornell Urban Scholars Program (CUSP) presents a photography and text exhibition that captures fieldwork and reflections — literally, work in progress — by recent urban scholars and urban mentors. The exhibition is on display in the Hartell Gallery in Cornell University’s Sibley Hall from October 13 to October 17.

A reception will be held in the gallery from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on October 17. The public is welcome to join CUSP students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the exhibition and the program’s achievements.

“This exhibit provides a glimpse into the experience of Cornell’s urban scholars and urban mentors,” says the exhibition’s designer, Julie McIntyre ‘09, an Urban and Regional Studies major in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. “CUSP students captured many of the images while working in the field, and their words are a testament to the power of the program.”

In one of the text pieces on display, Micah Angela Bell ’10 (Communication) says, “The [CUSP mentorship initiative] defies convention and stagnancy…. It was the program’s dynamics that both motivated me to become involved and also served as the source for many of the challenges I have faced as a participant.”

CUSP is dedicated to supporting the efforts of New York City's most innovative nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to eliminate the fundamental causes of poverty. CUSP seeks to achieve this goal by encouraging Cornell's most talented students to pursue public service careers with organizations that work with New York City's poorest children, families, and communities.

CUSP features a summer program, mentorship initiative, and graduate research opportunities. In the summer program, Cornell undergraduate students complete a paid internship with a New York City-based nonprofit organization or government agency that serve low-income children, families, and communities. The CUSP Graduate Research Fellowship in Community Development Policy-Making enables participants to engage in participatory action research focused on critical environmental, economic, and social problems confronting the residents of New York City's poorest neighborhoods. The CUSP Mentorship Initiative offers Cornell students the opportunity to mentor a middle-school student from a public school in an at-risk neighborhood of New York City, while collaborating with other Cornell mentors in a weekly service-learning seminar.