Skip to main content

About ILR

ILR Building in Ithaca, NY
As the preeminent educational institution in the world focused on work, employment and labor, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) generates and shares knowledge that improves the lives of workers and transforms the future of work.

ILR Stories

Peer Mentors Welcome New ILRies

Building a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for new ILRies is the purpose of a student-focused program.
LindaRose Piccolo '24
Peer Mentors Welcome New ILRies

Club Explores Labor and Sports Business Intersection

ILR Sports Business Society Co-presidents Matisse Nelson ’23 and Zach Welch ’23 discuss their passion for the sports industry and how ILR is helping them to cultivate it.
Matisse Nelson ’23, left, and Zach Welch ’23
Club Explores Labor and Sports Business Intersection

ILRie Leads Cornell Votes Group

Patrick Mehler ’23, a senior in the ILR School and an alderperson on the City of Ithaca’s Common Council, is a founding member and president of Cornell Votes.
Patrick J. Mehler
ILRie Leads Cornell Votes Group

Meet Cornell’s Student Assembly President

Valeria Valencia ’23 wants all students to feel a part of the Cornell community.
Valeria Valencia ’23
Meet Cornell’s Student Assembly President

ILRies Return with Summer Learnings

The multi-faceted nature of an ILR degree is reflected in the diversity of opportunities students had this summer.
Joane Kim
ILRies Return with Summer Learnings

Like Father, Like Daughter

Thirty-one years after Marty Schmelkin ’91 graduated from ILR, Hannah Schmelkin ‘22 joins her father in the ILR School’s alumni ranks.
Hannah Schmelkin ‘22 and Marty Schmelkin ’91
Like Father, Like Daughter

Graduation Deferred For A Dream

A pair of ILR seniors on the Cornell men’s lacrosse team will miss graduation Saturday when they participate in the NCAA national semifinals vs. Rutgers.
Dom Doria and Luca Tria
Graduation Deferred For A Dream

Women's Caucus Creates Safe Space

The ILR Women’s Caucus serves to strengthen the academic, social and professional aspects of its members' experiences at Cornell.
Bottom, from left: Alexa Cooper ’24, Daniella Portnoy ’24, Hannah Schmelkin ’22.  Top, from left: Olivia Schwartz ’23, Rachel Barish ’24, Natalee Robayo ’22, Anika Fischer ’23.
Women's Caucus Creates Safe Space

Junior Advocates for Peers with Disabilities

Reshaping the university’s approach to disability justice to make “ability-based accommodations more accessible” is part of Duncan Cady's work.
Duncan Cady '23
Junior Advocates for Peers with Disabilities

ILRie Wins Writing Competition

Sophomore hopes “Lupita’s Shoes,” her short story, will influence people to think more critically about having empathy for immigrants.
Amalia Schneider
ILRie Wins Writing Competition

ILR Opens Doors to Many Paths

A High Road Fellowship and other experiences have helped Kevin Diaz '24 thrive at Cornell.
Kevin Diaz '24
ILR Opens Doors to Many Paths

‘What Comes Next?’

Sherell Farmer ’22 strives to find her place in the world of change-making through the Newman Civic Fellowship
A sidewalk with the words Passion Led Us Here written on it
‘What Comes Next?’

Student Advocate

Jessie Mancilla, associate director of multicultural affairs, discusses his work and his aspirations for students.
Jesse Mancilla headshot
Student Advocate

Carroll Helped Develop Leaders

Gene Carroll leaves a legacy of educating current and future labor and social justice leaders.
Gene Carroll speaking at a rally.
Carroll Helped Develop Leaders

John Bickerman ’78, MS ’80

“My professors became friends,” says the 2021 Groat Award winner, in sharing his ILR experiences. “I consider them all part of my Cornell family.”
John Bickerman with Professor David Lipsky
John Bickerman ’78, MS ’80

Harold Oaklander ’52

Cornellians logo
Harold Oaklander ’52, the proud patriarch of a multigenerational Cornell family, will celebrate his 100th birthday this summer. A member of the fourth class to graduate from ILR, he has remained an active alumni, serving as a guest lecturer at age 97.
Harold Oaklander ’52 at work in the ILR School in 1952.
Harold Oaklander ’52

Bobbie Horowitz ’61

Cornellians logo
Having recently celebrated her 60th Cornell Reunion, Bobbie Horowitz ’61 continues to count the faculty at ILR and her human relations courses among the things she loved the most about her alma mater.
Bobbie Horowitz '61 and her son, David Slone ’91, JD ’94
Bobbie Horowitz ’61

The Next 75 Years, According to ILR Faculty

With the ILR School’s 75th anniversary celebration coming to a close, faculty and staff provide a glimpse into the future.
Ives Hall Cupola
The Next 75 Years, According to ILR Faculty

Khary Pryce ’22

Student-athlete shares her ILR learning with the Ivy League sports community and across campus.
Khary Pryce ‘22 competes with the Big Red women's tennis team vs. Binghamton during the 2020 season.
Khary Pryce ’22

Professor Harry Katz

ILR Dean Alex Colvin and Professor Harry Katz discuss the school’s expansion during Katz’s time as dean.
Dean Harry Katz
Professor Harry Katz

Professor Edward Lawler

Professor Edward Lawler, a sociologist known for his warmth and leadership as dean, says ILR's mission is timeless.
American Sociological Association will recognize professor Lawler in August
Professor Edward Lawler

Katie Falb DeNitto ’15

Katie Falb DeNitto ’15 took the lessons she learned at ILR and used them to help the Big Red men’s lightweight rowing varsity eight win consecutive IRA National Championships.
Katie Falb DeNitto '15 holding the Platt Cup
Katie Falb DeNitto ’15

John Frinzi, MPS ’21

MPS student John Frinzi used the skills he learned at the ILR School to help his company adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Frinzi, MPS ’21
John Frinzi, MPS ’21

Barbara Loreto Peltz ’55

A graduate shares the experiences of the mid-1950s ILR, including the bus rides, Quonset hut classes and May Day singing.
Barbara Loreto Peltz photo
Barbara Loreto Peltz ’55

Caroline Manning ’22

Through a credit internship, Caroline researched the history of discriminatory hiring on New York City's waterfront.
Caroline Manning ’22
Caroline Manning ’22

MILR “Just Clicked”

Liz Heitner, MILR ’06, has been tapped by Penn Mutual to lead its human resources division through the post-pandemic world.
Liz Heitner, MILR ’06
MILR “Just Clicked”

Full Speed Ahead

Jordan Berman ’95 leads fellow alumni beyond COVID-19
Jordan Berman ’95 selfie at Schoelkopf Field
Full Speed Ahead

Eitan Wolf ’21

Relying on the ILR alumni network helped ILR senior navigate the job market during unsure times.
Eitan Wolf ’21, photo credit Ariella Wolf Photography
Eitan Wolf ’21

Andres Alvarado ’21

ILR senior shares his experiences as an ILRie in Ithaca and in New York City, where he worked with artists and advocates motivated by community building, gun violence prevention and disability rights.”
in the Coler Hospital Library teaching Peter Yearwood about using the Microsoft Office Suite.
Andres Alvarado ’21

James Lowell Jackson ’17

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