Building Bridges

Building Bridges is an initiative to advance the professional development of Cornell College's domestic students of color, and the program is co-sponsored by the Career Engagement Center and the Office of Intercultural Life. Up to 25 students are selected for the Building Bridges program. Applications for the 2013-2014 program are online via JIVE and are due Monday, September 16, 2013. Please contact RJ Holmes-Leopold with questions.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in the Building Bridges program, Cornell students of color will:

  • Be able to articulate the value of a variety of professional skills necessary for success in the world of work 
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in applying a variety of professional skills through networking experiences with Creative Corridor area professionals 
  • Be able to identify tangible professional goals that will advance their academic and career interests

Program Expectations

The success of Building Bridges is predicated on a shared commitment of time, effort, and energy by students, staff, alumni, and community partners. As such, all program participants are expected to meet the following:

  • Attendance at all Building Bridges programs throughout the year
  • Completing the Strong Interest Inventory
  • Participating in on-going skill development and reflection exercises 
  • Creating and refining a Cornell Action Plan
  • Submitting the $20 program fee

Application Process and Program Fee

All Cornell domestic students of color are eligible to apply for the Building Bridges program. Applicants should submit a resume (please have the document reviewed by a Career Assistant in the CEC) and a one-page personal statement articulating why they are interested in the Building Bridges Program and what they hope to gain from their experience.  Applications are available and will only by accepted using JIVE.

Candidates will be notified of their application status by Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Students selected for the program will need to confirm their participation and remit $5 of their $25 program fee by Thursday, September 19, 2013. The balance of the program fee will be due by October 18, 2013.


Program Schedule 2013-2014

Block 1

  • Fall Workshop, Saturday, September 22, 9 am to 6 pm, Thomas Commons
  • Assignment: Strong Interest Inventory
Block 2
  • Diversity Focus Annual Meeting, Date & Time TBA
  • Assignment: Cornell Action Plan
  • Optional: Minneapolis Road Trip, Block Break
Block 3
  • Human Resources Resume Reviews: Wednesday, October 30, 6-7 pm, Shaw Lounge
  • Optional: Law Schools Road Trip, Block Break

Block 4

  • Dining Etiquette Workshop: Wednesday, December 4, 7:30-9 pm, East Dining Room, Thomas Commons

Block 5

  • Vision Boards, Date & Time TBA, Thomas Commons
  • Assignment: Cornell Action Plan Update
  • Optional: Careers in Nonprofits, Block Break

Block 6

  • Alumni Panel and Networking: Date & Time TBA, Cedar Rapids

Block 7

  • Community Interviews and Networking: Date & Time TBA, Iowa City
  • Optional: Chicago Road Trip

Block 8

  • Closing Celebration: Wednesday, April 23, 6-8 pm
  • Assignment: Cornell Action Plan Update