Heather Kolakowski

Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, SC Johnson College of Business

Heather Kolakowski is a Lecturer in food and beverage management at The School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. She teaches several food and beverage courses, including Restaurant Management, and is the faculty adviser for Hotel Ezra Cornell. The Kaplan award would enhance the service-learning project already established in her elective, HADM 4315: Hunger, Health and Nonprofit Social Enterprise. The outcome of the fellowship would be to create a sustaining project that can help the Food Bank of the Southern Tier achieve a determined goal as outlined in their strategic plan, while also enhance the students’ skills and project management abilities to address the social challenges of food insecurity. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier collaborates with 21 member affiliates in Tompkins County to assist with an estimated 13,920 food insecure individuals. Redesigning the service-learning aspect of her class to focus on one combined project for one community partner will help to have a more significant impact on the local community.