Michelle Huang ’14, an ILR School senior with an interest in international labor law, is one of 18 new Luce scholars with the opportunity to travel to Asia in the fall.
The Luce Scholars Program was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Huang began her undergraduate education at Wellesley College, where she discovered her interest in economics, law and policy. She currently studies at Cornell’s ILR School with a minor in law and society and is writing an honors thesis on local adaptations to globalization in the New York City Garment District. She hopes to do the year-long Luce Scholars Program in Thailand or Cambodia.
Huang’s application was selected by the Cornell endorsement committee for the Luce Scholars Program. The committee includes Beth Fiori and Anne Poduska of Cornell Career Services, Kristen Grace of Cornell Abroad and Kraig Adler, professor of neurobiology and behavior. This is the first time Cornell has had a Luce scholar two years in a row, according to Fiori, Career Services’ fellowship coordinator.
Huang has interned at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, and at a law firm. She is vice president for external relations at the Cornell Forensics Society and volunteers to teach public speaking and debate at Finger Lakes Residential Center, a youth facility in Lansing, N.Y.