About Us

The Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service is supported by a generous endowment from the Iscol Family Foundation. Ken ('60) and Jill Iscol have close ties to Cornell and broad philanthropic interests.

The objective of the program is to inspire and educate a new generation of community leaders to tackle the problems that face society, such as poverty, hunger, ignorance, homelessness, and violence. The program brings individuals who have a commitment to social change and public service into contact with Cornell students to help them understand that they can make a significant difference in society as professionals, volunteers, or philanthropists.

This program also seeks to stimulate 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. The Iscol Family Program serves the entire university and for the last 3 years has collaborated with the Entrepreneurship at Cornell program.

The College of Human Ecology serves as the home for this interdisciplinary program. Under the joint leadership of the dean of the college and the director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, a committee of faculty, students, administrators, and a member of the Iscol family provides oversight to the program.

About Us