Feminist activist, human rights advocate, experience in the State Department and United Nations, published writer—a quick look at her résumé and you’d think Caroline Emberton is a leading Foggy Bottom diplomat.
Maybe someday. But for now, Caroline is leading the charge for human rights and conservative values at Cornell University. As president of her campus’s Network of enlightened Women (NeW) chapter, Caroline inspires students to promote the dignity of women and provide a safe and enriching environment for female students, for which she won the 2013 NeW Chapter of the Year award. A senior government major, Caroline is an ISI Honors Scholar was awarded ISI’s Preston A. Wells Jr. Leadership Award, and has been published in the Cornell International Affairs Review.
ISI sat down with Caroline to talk about her fight for global human rights, her rewarding relationship with ISI, and which NBA star inspires her to be courageous.
- How did you find out about ISI?
I heard about ISI when I was in high school and have always been inspired by its mission to educate for liberty. I attended ISI’s Honors Program and worked with ISI to host Christina Hoff Sommers, who spoke on conservative feminism. ISI sponsored the event and has been very supportive of Cornell’s NeW Chapter throughout my tenure. ISI staff provided us with so many ideas and resources, and I have greatly enjoyed working with them over the past couple of years.
- If you had to choose one highlight of your undergraduate experience, what would it be?
I would have to say my summer experience in Geneva, Switzerland, working at the United Nations Human Rights Council. I had the opportunity to meet incredible individuals who are so dedicated to improving human rights situations around the world. On the weekends, I enjoyed exploring Europe and taking full advantage of the Swiss chocolate and cheese. Life is rough in Switzerland ...
- What have you valued most about your ISI experience?
The best part of ISI is the opportunity to connect with like-minded students. I find it inspiring to hear what others are doing on different college campuses, and I love being surrounded by such sharp and bright peers who are dedicated to preserving the principles of liberty. I also greatly valued my experience working with ISI on the Christina Hoff Sommers event. ISI takes the initiative to reach out to students and was so encouraging in the planning process.
- How have you spent your summers while in college?
Conducting human rights research. For two summers, I researched human trafficking policy and laws at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. I also tutored international elementary school students in English over the summer. Last summer, I worked at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
- Whom do you admire most, and why?
Jeremy Lin, former Harvard basketball player and current point guard for the Houston Rockets. I admire his courage to share his views, his sophistication to present his beliefs in a relatable way, and his sense of humor.
- What advice would you give to other students who want to preserve the principles of liberty?
Students must understand how to clearly articulate their views and have the courage to explain them to others. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have intelligent reasons for why you believe what you believe. I really appreciate ISI because it challenges students to embrace and discover why values matter. Students must also affiliate themselves with organizations such as ISI that provide students with incredible insights and resources. Establish a network of students on campus, and reach out to other student groups that share your views. Finally, students should find common ground with each other and work together on shared concerns or issues.
- What are your plans for after graduation?
I am interested in pursuing a career in law or public policy.