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Sherell Farmer

Executive Director

Sherell is a junior in the ILR school pursuing minors in History, Law & Society, and Inequality Studies. In addition to ULI, Sherell is also apart of Cornell's Alpha Phi Omega, the Cornell Historical Society,  Black Students United Political Action Committee, Cornell Storytelling Club, Peer Review Board, and is an editor for Ezra's Archives.


Richard Green

Research Director

Richard Green is a senior in the ILR School minoring in both Inequality Studies and Business. He is currently serving as the Research Director of ULI. Aside from the Undergraduate Labor Institute, Richard is also currently serving as the Director Of Finance for the Black Ivy Pre-Law Society, and is part of the Cornell Concert Commission.


Melissa Lau

Internal Affairs Chair

Melissa is a sophomore from Long Island, NY majoring in Industrial Labor Relations and pursuing a minor in Law and Society and Business.  She is current serving as the Internal Affairs Chair of ULI. Outside of the Undergraduate Labor Institute she is a Student Congress Residential member, a Cornell ambassador in Big Red Ambassadors, and a member of the Conflict and Resolution club. She is interested in labor policies of foreign nations and its comparison with those found within the United States.  

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Polina Solovyeva


Polina Solovyeva is a Co-Founder and Ex-Officio Advisor of ULI. She is a senior in the ILR School minoring in International Trade and Development. Polina is also the ILR School Representative on Cornell's Student Assembly, Chair of the Financial Aid Review Committee, and a Research Assistant for the Scheinman Institute. Through the Undergraduate Labor Institute,  she hopes to encourage conversation around and analysis of labor in the context of the current political climate. The world of work is ever-changing and ULI is there to serve as a forum for students to critique and research those changes


Amelia Flaumenhaft

Executive Director

Amelia is a junior from Long Island, NY, majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations, and pursuing minors in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. She is currently serving as one of ULI's Executive Directors. In addition to the Undergraduate Labor Institute, she gives campus tours as an Information Specialist, and is involved with the Cornell ACLU, Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, and Sigma Delta Tau.

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Kerry Wong

Research Director

Kerry is a junior from New York City majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and pursuing minors in Law and Society, Inequality Studies, and Business. She is particularly interested in non-profit management, criminal justice reform, and exploring the development and implementation of effective social inequality and welfare policies. Outside of ULI, she serves as the Director of Event Programming for the Willard Straight Hall Student Union Board, an Associate Operations Manager for the Cornell Policy Review, and a Co-Treasurer for the Association for Students of Color in the College of Human Ecology. 

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Sharon Perlmutter

Membership & Outreach Chair

Sharon is senior from Argentina. She studies Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in Law and Society. Aside from being part of ULI, Sharon is involved in Cornell Democrats and served as President of Alpha Phi. In her free time, Sharon enjoys working out and getting bubble tea with friends. 


Zila Ake


Zila Ake is a Co-Founder and Ex-Officio Advisor of ULI. She is a senior in the ILR school, minoring in Business. Aside from the Undergraduate Labor Institute , she is PR Chair of Cornell Class Councils and works in the Office of Residential Life.  Her aim in establishing the Undergraduate Labor Institute was to unite passionate individuals and create a platform for undergraduates to research and critique issues within labor relations. She is excited for everyone to read about these pressing and relevant issues within the workplace.

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