Talia Brecher

Summer 2014

Year: ILR '16

Cornell Activities/Groups/Affiliations/Leadership Roles:

  • Works for COE, teaching a backpacking class and guiding an Outdoor Odyssey pre-orientation trip for incoming freshman
  • Cornell Concert Commission
  • Cornell Farmers Market
  • Consent Ed through the Women's Resource Center

Project: Worker's Justice Project

Describe your research project: My research project is about understanding how construction workers (a predominantly male field) go about dividing up care within their families and households. In order to understand the different factors that go into those decisions, my project aims to look at the economics and history of the industry.

What have you gotten out of the experience so far? The experience with the Worker Institute so far has been great! This has been my first research experience and I feel like I've really gotten to learn the ropes of research and everyone, from the reference librarians to the professor I'm working with, has been very helpful.

What kind of student might be interested in a research fellowship at the Worker Institute? I think any ILR student would be interested in a research fellowship with the Worker Institute but I especially recommend it to rising Sophomores and Juniors. It's a great way to transition into having summer jobs that reflect your interests and spending the summer in Ithaca has been really fun.