University: Cornell University
Rachel V. Harmon, Champaign, is a senior at Cornell University majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations. Before college, she was an AmeriCorps volunteer as a reading tutor at an all-black rural elementary school in the Mississippi Delta, an experience which—like some of her own—has fueled her motivation to study social and economic policies and their effects on socioeconomic mobility. Rachel’s honors thesis relates to strategies for economic justice for low-income Mississippians. She has won many awards for scholarship, was an intern for the Southern Education Foundation, a teacher in a maximum security prison and in a juvenile detention center, and manages a café.