Amber Aspinall, a 2017 graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, was selected as the recipient of the 2016-17 Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA) Outstanding Student Leadership Award. This award is given to one (1) graduating senior of African descent and one (1) graduating graduate student for his/her outstanding leadership and efforts to enhance the lives of students and the community-at-large while attending Cornell University. The award is granted based on the following: (1) academic achievement; (2) leadership on campus or in community organizations; (3) contribution to improving relationships among Cornell students, faculty, administrative staff and/or the greater Ithaca community; and (4) commitment to uplifting people of African descent including future plans for contributing to CBAA, Cornell University, and the greater community. No graduate students applied for the 2017 award.
Amber recently graduated from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Inequality Studies, Africana Studies, and Law & Society. She remains committed to public service and will continue to use her radical imagination to work towards a more just world.
In addition to advocating for a world free from oppression, Amber’s heart is in the kitchen. She has a passion for cooking and home brewing and will be now be based in Saint Louis working with a brewery and learning from the on-the-ground movement for Black lives. Eventually, she will she return to school to pursue a J.D.
We thank Amber for her outstanding leadership!