Newman Civic Fellow
Sherell Farmer, a junior at Cornell University, is dedicated to addressing labor issues, systemic racism, and mass incarceration. Sherell majors in industrial and labor relations, with triple minors in inequality studies, law and society, and history, but she knows that meaningful change requires more than academic study – it requires direct engagement with communities. Through Cornell’s High Road Fellowship, Sherell worked with the Center for Employment Opportunities in Buffalo, New York, where she analyzed barriers that keep formerly incarcerated individuals from completing job readiness programs and created workshop materials to better serve them. She also interned with two Ithaca public defense attorneys, helping to provide free legal advice to low-income residents at a local soup kitchen. An activist and advocate, Sherell co-founded Cornell Students 4 Black Lives and led a campaign to raise over $100,000 in support of national, state, and local anti-racist social justice organizations.