Cornell University

Breakfast with the Professors:  Equity at Work

February 28, 2014, NYC

ILR Alumni Association and the ILR Worker Institute
Discussion/Networking Breakfast

Breakfast with the Professors: Equity at Work

Date: Friday, February 28, 2014, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson 
              LLP – 521 Fifth Avenue (Entrance on East 43rd)
              New York, NY

Presenters:  ILR Professor Ileen DeVault and KC Wagner of the Worker Institute’s Equity at Work Initiative

Professor Ileen DeVault and KC Wagner helped establish and now lead the Worker Institute’s Equity at Work initiative. They do research, education and policy work to examine how the workplace is impacted by the evolving and changing norms of the social construction of gender roles. They seek to promote productive approaches to issues of diversity and equity which are fundamental to worker rights and instrumental for effective collective representation.

Ileen and KC will discuss some of their recent projects, including:
The Gendered Workplace. The Gendered Workplace is an undergraduate course offered in Ithaca which examines a range of issues surrounding the experience of gender in the modern workplace. The class meets once a week with a different guest speaker each week, addressing their own areas of research and/or teaching expertise in the realm of the gendered workplace.
The Gendered Nature of C.A.R.E.: Caregivers And Responsible Employment. Equity at Work’s “signature project” on “The Gendered Nature of C.A.R.E.” is a multi-pronged project addressing the fact that the need for high-quality, affordable caregiving, for children and the elderly is growing rapidly yet the work remains female dominated, underpaid and undervalued.

Under this overall project, the Worker Institute is in the process of developing a multi-stakeholder “caring across the life cycle” workforce development program that engages home care workers, employers and domestic worker centers with the goal of improving the wages, protections of homecare workers and enhanced labor relations. This is particularly significant for private pay employers in the aftermath of the 2010 NYS Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The Worker Institute has also established a research working group on how low-wage workers and their partners (both male and female) balance caregiving responsibilities in the household with their workplace experiences and responsibilities.

More information regarding the Worker Institute is available at:

Sponsored with the support of Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP.

8:00 – 8:30 Networking and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 Presentation with Q&A

Free for ILRAA members and guests; $15 for non-ILRAA members


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Email Joe Cartafalsa with any questions.