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November 29 2005

Waks Family Renews Support for International Education and Research

Jay and Harriet WaksThe ILR School is enormously grateful to Jay (ILR '68 & LAW '71) and Harriet Waks for renewing their support of the Waks Family Fund for International Education and Research. In making this third annual gift, Jay and Harriet said, "There is no greater joy than in making this gift in honor of our children, Allison (ILR '08) and Jonathan (Yale '04 & Harvard Medical School '08), and their respective interests in international studies."

Their hope is that this gift will "facilitate the development of new initiatives aimed at enhancing ILR's visibility in the international arena and, through research and educational opportunities, particularly in Asia, expand our understanding of the globalization of work." In keeping with the Waks family’s hope at the time this Fund was established, it will be used to support the School's pursuit of international scholarship and educational opportunities in a complementary and even-handed fashion keeping in mind the interests of business and employees alike.

"More so today than ever before, we hold dear the rather simple premise that sparked our broader interest in establishing this fund. As we explained in 2004, 'building upon our considerable admiration for the ILR School, we firmly believe that the greater understanding and improvement of work systems elsewhere, from continent to continent and country to country, will lead to more equitable and productive workplace, business and living standards, break down divisive international economic barriers, and inevitably result in closer working relationships among diverse nations, cultures and populations.'"

In a letter to Dean Harry Katz, Jay writes, "In closing, we are quite proud of ILR's pressing interest in the International arena and look forward to the School's productive use of this gift."

ILR is grateful to the Waks Family for their generous support of international research and education, and for their extraordinary vision to advance the world of work in such important ways.