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Shaping the next 75 years of work
 

Through teaching, research and outreach, we are crafting the future of work because we can draw from thousands of years of collective experience. We only just got started 75 years ago. We invite you to join in shaping the future of work.

 

Read about ILR's 75 years of impact
Read about ILR's 75 years of impact

 

 

 

ILR graduates pose behind the school's banner that is carried during commencement

ILR Timeline

Alex Bores '13

Alex Bores has combined his background in ILR with a master's in computer science to develop a career helping those struggling with government debt.
Alex Bores '13

Laurie Ann Atienza ’11

Laurie Ann Atienza ’11 has been able to live her values, thanks to a career that allows her to fight for working people.
Laurie Ann Atienza ’11

Simon Boehme ’14

As a tech entrepreneur and mediator, Simon Boehme ‘14 has founded and advised multiple legal tech companies, along with writing and teaching online dispute resolution for the past 10 years.
Simon Boehme ’14

Mary Donlon, Trailblazer, Early ILR Supporter

A trailblazer who paved the way for women in the field of law, Mary Donlon, a 1920 Cornell graduate, was instrumental in establishing the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Judge Mary Donlon, a 1920 Cornell graduate

Angelica Allen-McMillan ’91

Learn about one ILRie’s path to public education leadership.
Angelica Allen-McMillan ’91

U.S. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins

The first woman cabinet member was an ILR faculty member for eight years.
Frances Perkins (Frances Perkins Center)

75 Years - 75 Student Responses

 

Jian Hui (Barry) Wu ’20 captures the thoughts of ILR students on what it means to be an ILRie.

Watch his video.

 

 

 

Our Foundations

Maurice Neufeld

Founding faculty member Maurice Neufeld, the son of immigrants, arrived at Cornell in 1945. A history scholar, he had worked as a union organizer, a government leader and a U.S. Army officer. Along with Jean McKelvey, he designed and taught ILR’s first classes.
Maurice Neufeld

Jean McKelvey

Jean McKelvey was a leading national figure in dispute resolution who was sometimes mistaken as the secretary at the labor hearings she led. In 1945, she began what has become a hallmark of ILR education: connecting the classroom and the real world for students.
Jean McKelvey

Milton Konvitz

An ILR faculty member who helped shape the lives of thousands of students across Cornell, Milton Konvitz encouraged his students to think deeply.
Milton Konvitz

Vernon “Pete” Jensen

“Pete” Jensen could only find work as a substitute teacher for Salt Lake City public schools after graduating with an undergraduate degree in American history from Brigham Young University in 1932, during the lowest points of the Great Depression.
Vernon Jensen

Irving McNeil Ives

Irving M. Ives, a fixture of the New York State Legislature and the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years, spent his career championing groundbreaking legislation, the effects of which can still be felt today.
Irving Ives

ILR Deans

A number of people have served as dean or acting dean of the ILR School since Irving M. Ives began his tenure in 1945 as the school’s leader.
Aerial view of Cornell University ILR School's Ithaca, NY campus

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