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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

James Lowell Jackson ’17

ILR graduate is taking his international education to the U.S. State Department.
James “Lowell” Jackson ’17

Benson Reflects on 500-Book Career

Editor helped shape the future of industrial relations through her work.
Fran Benson

ILR Alumni Find Success In Storage Business

When Nick Huber ’12 and Dan Hagberg ’12 started a storage business out of their Collegetown basement, they didn’t realize it would change their lives.
ILR alumni Nick Huber ’12 and Dan Hagberg ’12

Natalie Lilien ’21

ILR senior who has researched autism and employment says ILR gave her the confidence "to think outside of the box and not be afraid to share my ideas."
Natalie Lilien ’21

Lou Jean Fleron

A self-described “Midwestern pragmatist,” Lou Jean Fleron has dedicated more than 40 years to ILR’s work in Western New York, and she has no intention of letting “retirement” slow her down.
Lou Jean Fleron standing in the Cornell Buffalo building's atrium.

Jeffrion Aubry ’99

The NBA’s Jeffrion Aubry relies on what he learned at ILR daily.
Jeffrion Aubry ’99

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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