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Milstein first-years take advantage of community, opportunity

Mia Desravines’ ’26 says her first year at Cornell has been “all about the ampersand.”

By that she means she’s had a chance to explore her interests in information science & Africana studies & technology & sociology & dance & the list goes on.

As a student in the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity in the College of Arts and Sciences, Desravines also got the chance to meet with visiting speakers, take part in core courses and short courses and work on a community -engaged project highlighting the work of local leaders. She will also take part in an immersive eight-week experience at the Cornell Tech Campus in New York City this summer.

“Milstein is about community, opportunity and information,” Desravines said. “I feel like the sky is the limit and anything is possible.”

As the spring semester winds down, the first-year class of 25 Milstein students are finishing up their community projects and looking forward to their summer. Along with the Streetology project on local leaders, students are helping to create:

  • An interactive map for the Ithaca Murals project,
  • A digital story for local theatre group the Civic Ensemble,
  • 3D assets for a VR experience for a faculty project on the gardens at Pompeii,
  • Video stories for local non-profit Neighbor to Neighbor,
  • Additional site specific stories for the Voices on the Underground Railroad website and
  • A website that talks about student experiences during COVID.

Milstein students will be sharing their work at the Milstein Expo 2023 from 5-6 p.m. May 5 in the Park Atrium of Statler Hall. The event is free and open to the community.

Read more about their work on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

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