Network for Change

Network for Change is a program developed to connect, engage and inspire Cornellians working in the field of social change. The Public Service Center works collaboratively with an alumni host to create the evening's event.  Past events have featured a panel of alumni who speak about their history and involvement working for the betterment of society.  Network for Change provides a terrific forum to meet others interested in the field, and be inspired by the exciting work being completed by Cornellians in communities worldwide!

Check out our past Network for Change event and itenerary.

2016 Network for Change

Network for Change: "Giving back and fostering positive social change in our lives and our careers" Monday, March 28, 6-8pm


6:00-6:30 p.m. - Arrival/Reception

6:30-7:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion, Q&A

7:30-8 p.m. - Networking

At AAP in NYC at 26 Broadway

Join us for a reception and panel discussion to meet with fellow Cornell alums working in a variety of areas of public service. This is also an excellent opportunity to meet with the 60 current Cornell students participating in Alternative Spring Breaks trips working with various service agencies in New York City.


Shane Dunn '07 - Shane has been Managing Director of Strategic Growth & Development at Excel Academy Charter Schools in East Boston, Massachusetts since 2013. A graduate of a small public school district in rural Central New York, he is in charge of the network's fundraising, external relations, political advocacy, and marketing efforts. Prior to Excel, Shane worked in alumni affairs and development at MIT Sloan, Tufts University, and Harvard University. An active volunteer for his alma mater, Cornell University, he is President of the Cornell Club of Boston, President of the Class of 2007, a member of the University Council, a member of the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board, and a member of the Student and Campus Life Advisory Council. In addition to his bachelor's degree in Communication from Cornell, Shane also holds a master's degree in higher education administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Shane is a proud member of the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Board of Directors.

Shiri Sandler '05 - Shiri is the U.S. Director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Shiri manages the Center's U.S. business and runs the AJC's programming for American students, including Holocaust and ethics programming for U.S. military students. Shiri was formerly the Manager of International Programs at the Museum, where she also coordinated internation ethics programs for law, medical, business, seminary, and journalism students. Previously, Shiri was the Interim Chief of Staff at the Genocide Intervention Network.

Renee Farkas - Renee has worked at the Public Service Center since its inception in 1991. Prior to that, Renee worked for CIVITAS. In addition to her duties as Associate Director of the PSC, Renee coordinates the Community Work-Study Program and the Volunteer Program, leads the Pre-Orientation Service Trip (POST) Program, and serves as the PSC liaison for many initiatives and committees both on-campus and off-campus, such as the First-Year Experience committee, College Orientation committee, Cornell Days, First-Year Family Weekend, and many others. Renee works closely with students and community partners and also serves in a variety of capacities in the local community including offering trainings for students and community partners, and helping to coordinate the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event.

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