Letter From The Dean:

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Alan Mathios

Since 2001, the College of Human Ecology has been very pleased to be the home of the Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service. Established with the generosity and foresight of Jill and Ken Iscol, this program is intended to give undergraduate students inspiration and direction in translating their knowledge, idealism, and optimism into concrete action to build better communities for families and children.

Across the University and in the College of Human Ecology, there is a deep and longstanding interest in community development related to families and children. The Iscol program brings individuals to campus that embody the intelligence, energy, sacrifice, and commitment it takes to successfully impact society and supports Cornell students in meaningful summer internships in public service.

I see this program as central to the College's mission of developing leaders who address significant societal issues. Human Ecology explores the relationship between people and the world around them from a variety of perspectives, and then strives to shape that world for the better through teaching, research and outreach. We do that by developing leaders, solving problems, and strengthening communities.

This Iscol program serves the entire university, so we have been very happy to have collaborated with the Entrepreneurship @ Cornell program and its Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Speaker Series class since 2007 so that more students across the university can benefit from the wonderful speakers the Iscol program brings to campus.

Alan Mathios Ph.D.
The Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of the College of Human Ecology