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February 1 2009

Waks Family Renews Support for International Programs at ILR School

Harriet WaksThe ILR School and International Programs are enormously grateful to Jay (ILR '68, LAW '71) and Harriet Waks for their renewed support of the The Waks Family Fund for International Education and Research. Established in 2004, The Waks Family Fund was created to enhance ILR's visibility in the international arena and expand its collective understanding of the globalization of work as a critical path towards worldwide economic and human development.

  In renewing their support this year, Harriet and Jay Waks reflected upon the success of  ILR's International Programs, "In a few short years, ILR's International Programs has demonstrated a profound impact on employment and labor education and research on the Cornell campus and overseas. Its activities are building interest among students and scholars at Cornell and around the globe far greater than ever before. Last Fall's three-day International  conference on the Ithaca campus, "Breaking Down Chinese Walls:  The Changing Face of Labor & Employment in China,"  is only the most recent example of  the leadership shown  in this field by Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla  and Dean Harry Katz, and may lead toConference on Labor in China more formal partnerships between ILR and research centers in China. We both are delighted each time we hear of these terrific developments and so glad that the Waks Family Fund for International Education and Research has played some small part in growing ILR's influence globally, especially in Asia.  Our fondest hope is that, besides being of some help to ILR's International Programs, our example gives other alumni and friends of the School the incentive to support this or other aspects of ILR's mission."

We once again extend our gratitude to the Waks family for their generosity and commitment, and for their active involvement in the ILR School's global initiatives. 

Top Photo: Harriet Waks with ILR Dean Harry Katz
Bottom Photo: International Conference at ILR School: "Breaking Down Chinese Walls: The Changing Faces of Labor & Employment in China". The conference was partially funded by the Waks Family Fund