Susan Porter

Summer 2013/Spring 2014

Year: ILR '14

Cornell Activities/Groups/Affiliations/Leadership Roles:

  • Founder and President, Nontraditional Student Organization of Cornell University (NSOCU)
  • Policy Analyst, Cornell Roosevelt Institute's Center for Education Policy & Development

Young Workers and the Labor Movement

Describe your research project. The research I have been conducting this semester has focused on literature relating to the organization and engagement of young workers in the United States.

What have you gotten out of the experience so far? The ability to gain real research experience under the guidance of the expert faculty and staff of the Worker Institute has been a very valuable learning experience. The literature I've been researching has given me a valuable insight into new and creative methods labor unions are using to engage young workers.

What kind of student might be interested in a research fellowship at the Worker Institute? The kind of student who might be interested in a research fellowship must be very curious on what is happening in the real world regarding workers and their relationship with unions and their employers.