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Seniors Kwon, Mackey and Treadwell Named Merrill Scholars

Cornell Chronicle
Three ILRies are among the 42 Merrill Scholars selected based on outstanding scholastic achievement, evidence of leadership and their desire to positively affect the world beyond Cornell.
Ives Hall Cupola
Seniors Kwon, Mackey and Treadwell Named Merrill Scholars

ILRie Helps Fencing Club to National Title

Cornell Chronicle
Riley Xian ’25 co-captained the Cornell men's fencing club team as it captured the USACFC national title, the program's first since 2018.
Riley Xian ’25 fencing
ILRie Helps Fencing Club to National Title

Kwon, Treadwell Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

Cornell Chronicle
Grace Kwon ’24 and Margot Treadwell ’24 were among nine students and recent graduates representing Cornell’s four contract colleges selected to receive the 2024 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. 
Ives Hall with ILR banner
Kwon, Treadwell Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

ILRie Chosen as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellow

Cornell Chronicle
Margot Treadwell ’24 is one of two Cornell seniors selected as junior fellows of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and will spend next year conducting research with the organization in Washington, D.C.
Margot Treadwell '24 participating in an ILR debate
ILRie Chosen as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellow

MS Student Shares Journey

David A. Grant II discusses his path from SUNY Cortland to Cornell.
David A. Grant II, MS student
MS Student Shares Journey

QA with MS Student Claire Sleigh

A connection “around a shared motivation for social justice and the importance of the labor movement in achieving better outcomes” is shared by students in the cohort, Sleigh said.
M.S. Student Claire Sleigh
QA with MS Student Claire Sleigh

ILRie Spends Semester In Jordan

Margot Treadwell spent her semester abroad exploring her interest in Arabic, women’s labor globally, and immersing herself in a new culture.
Margot Treadwell ‘24 in Jordan
ILRie Spends Semester In Jordan

ILRie Interns With U.S. District Court Judge

Alex Herazy ’25 spent a semester interning with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman as part of a credit internship
Alex Herazy ’25 with Judge Richard Berman '64
ILRie Interns With U.S. District Court Judge

Master’s degree student persevered from prison to Ivy League

Cornell Chronicle
After serving two prison terms totaling more than four years, Thomas Jones, master's student in the ILR School, committed to turning his life around – through education and giving back.
MILR student Thomas Jones
Master’s degree student persevered from prison to Ivy League

Student Passionate About Education Reform

At ILR, Tofunmi Olabode ’24 is building on educational equity and justice interests that began in high school.
Tofunmi Olabode ’24
Student Passionate About Education Reform

ILRie Elected as Student Trustee

J.P. Swenson ’25 will begin his two-year term in the fall semester.
JP Swenson
ILRie Elected as Student Trustee

Yasmin Ballew ’23 Receives Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award

Cornell Chronicle
ILRie will use award funding to establish a partnership between Alpha Phi Omega and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center.
Yasmin Ballew ’23
Yasmin Ballew ’23 Receives Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award

ILRie Helps Formerly Incarcerated

Sakiel Ruff ’25 spent his High Road summer developing a database to help formerly incarcerated people find housing.
Sakiel Ruff ’25
ILRie Helps Formerly Incarcerated

Nabiha Qureshi ’23 Awarded Rangel Fellowship

ILR senior plans to study public policy and learn more about the intersection of migration and governmental labor policy on a global scale.
Nabiha Qureshi ’23
Nabiha Qureshi ’23 Awarded Rangel Fellowship

Strikes up 52% in 2022: Labor Action Tracker

The ILR School database that documents U.S. work stoppages informs journalists, policymakers, activists, scholars and the public about labor activism and unrest.
Labor action tracker map
Strikes up 52% in 2022: Labor Action Tracker

ILR Student Expedites Policy Change

Casey Platkin advocated for a minimum wage increase in California’s San Mateo County, where thousands of low-wage workers will see bigger paychecks.
Casey Platkin ’26
ILR Student Expedites Policy Change

Wagner '92 Gift Honors Lieberwitz

In appreciation for teaching that welcomes differing views, Eric Wagner ’92 is supporting the Worker Institute Undergraduate Student Research Fellows Program.
Eric Wagner
Wagner '92 Gift Honors Lieberwitz

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?’

Medium
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