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Mission & Vision
The Cornell Farmworker Program is dedicated to improving the living and working conditions of farmworkers and their families. We also seek recognition for farmworker’s contributions to society and their acceptance and full participation in local communities. The Cornell Farmworker Program envisions a state and nation in which farmworkers receive equal protection under law, earn a living wage, live in comfortable housing, are safe and healthy, receive due respect as workers and as individuals, and participate fully in their communities.
All of our research, education, and extension outreach efforts are informed by ongoing assessments of farmworker needs. We strive to develop materials and programs that address long-term challenges (like positive workplace relations) as well as time-sensitive issues (such as immigration policy changes).
Cornell farmworker initiatives earn community engagement honor
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has named Cornell University the winner of the 2019 Northeast Region Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the award recognizes extraordinary community outreach initiatives by its member universities. For more information, read the Cornell Chronicle article and view the Cornell farmworker program video.
Mary Jo Dudley featured in CBS News article, "These US industries can't work without illegal immigrants"