Learn the fundamentals of being an ambassador by viewing the Ambassador Information overview.

As a Cornell University Council member, you serve as an ambassador for the University.  Council ambassadors are informed and enthusiastic advocates who share information about Cornell with others including alumni groups, prospective students, parents, local leaders, friends and family.

Your role as an ambassador can take many different forms:

  • Formal talks at Cornell events
  • Informal discussions at gatherings of alumni and other Cornell friends
  • CAAAN contact reports
  • Social Media activities
  • Email / Text / Conference calls


Cornell Advocacy Program

  • The Cornell Advocacy Program (CAP) equips our dedicated alumni with the tools they need to advocate for policies that benefit higher education and Cornell. You don’t have to be a political expert to be a successful advocate; you only need to know a few basics about the policy process, information about what motivates legislators, and a familiarity with the issues on which you're advocating.
    As a member of CAP, we will provide you with information, keep you apprised of current public policy news affecting Cornell and higher education, and alert you when we would like you to contact your elected representatives. Please join now to lend your voice in support of legislative and policy positions that advance Cornell’s mission and goals.

    Cornell Advocacy Program Webinar from January 18, 2022


  • Actively Seek out Opportunities to be an Ambassador

    The possibilities are many and include Reunion, Homecoming, CALC, regional club events, affinity group meetings, accepted student receptions, and any time or any place where Cornellians gather.

Stay Informed

  • Stay current with University news and initiatives

    • Attend the Trustee-Council Annual Meeting (TCAM) every fall
    • Participate in webinars with university leaders and administration throughout the year
    • Read the Council Update email from Joel Malina and the Council newsletter
    • Review the Cornell Chronicle, Cornell Daily Sun, and other University publications
    • Attend the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) every year