Elise Cain is interested in leadership theory and practice as it pertains to undergraduate student engagement, retention and career preparation. Specifically, she wants to focus on the impact of various social identities in regards to the students' understanding of leadership as well as their development as leaders. She strongly believes in the importance of co-curricular education to support the whole student.

She is interested in learning about leadership in multiple contexts and will take courses through the Binghamton University School of Management to become exposed to leadership theory and practice in this lens. She also hopes to gain a greater understanding of community and social issues in the program, broaden her understanding of diverse social identities.

Cain worked professionally in higher education for nine years in residence life at St. Bonaventure University and SUNY Oneonta. Most recently, she served as the coordinator of Leadership Programs and Student Activities at SUNY Oneonta.