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Message from the Dean

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The world of work has evolved tremendously in recent years and the pace of change continues to accelerate as we look to the future. At ILR, we study work, labor and employment and make sense of this complex ecosystem that impacts nearly every person on our planet. Our faculty are among the top researchers in their fields and our students are leaders in the classroom, at the university and in their communities. ILRies go on to be leaders in industry, government, law, nonprofit and academia and make significant contributions in their chosen fields. The relevance and impact of ILR education has never been greater.

- Alex Colvin, Ph.D. '99,  Kenneth F. Kahn '69 Dean and the Martin F. Scheinman '75, 'MS '76, Professor of Conflict Resolution

Our Mission

As the preeminent educational institution in the world focused on work, employment and labor, we are dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge that improves the lives of workers and transforms the future of work.

As a New York land-grant college, we positively impact individuals and society through:

  • Teaching: Creating an engaging and challenging learning environment focused on the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that develop the next generation of leaders.
  • Research: Generating innovative and relevant research in the social sciences that is focused on work, employment and labor that influences public policy, informs organizational strategy and improves professional practice.
  • Outreach: Applying thought leadership and research into practice for workers, unions, organizations and communities.

Our Vision

We exist to drive positive change in work, employment and labor that advances the world of work.

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Our History

Founded in 1945 as the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the ILR School today is advancing the world of work through teaching, research and outreach. ILR’s mission is to prepare leaders, inform national and international employment and labor policy, and improve working lives, but as the world of work evolves, the school’s focus broadens to keep pace with that change.

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ILRies study work to make an impact. They represent the most diverse student body at Cornell University, and go on to be leaders in industry, government, law, nonprofit and research.

Hard Work, Personal Stories Bring Speech Team Big Wins

Cornell Chronicle
The Cornell Speech Team, a registered student organization sponsored by the ILR School, had the most successful season in the team’s 40-year history this past spring.
Margot Treadwell '24 participating in an ILR debate
Hard Work, Personal Stories Bring Speech Team Big Wins

From ILR to a Nuclear Sub

Carly Powers ’24 reflects on her Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps experience.
Carly Powers '24 NROTC
From ILR to a Nuclear Sub

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.
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Seniors Kwon, Mackey and Treadwell Named Merrill Scholars

Our faculty make up the world's leading researchers focused on work, labor and employment. They study every aspect of the world of work from varied and interdisciplinary disciplines.

Abowd Honored for Advancing Computing Field

An ILR emeritus professor has “transformed the government’s capacity to improve the accuracy and availability of vital statistical and data resources,” according to the Association for Computing Engineering.
John Abowd
Abowd Honored for Advancing Computing Field

Matt Saleh Asks Questions, Spurs Impact

Matt is fascinated by the law and its relationship to disability and criminal justice. He is an energetic teacher and researcher in Cornell University’s ILR School, and he has taken on roles involving equity in employment.
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Matt Saleh Asks Questions, Spurs Impact

ILR Faculty, Staff Win 2024 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Cornell Chronicle
Four members of the ILR community – RuthAnn Rushmer, James DelRosso, Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe and Assistant Professor Evan Riehl – were among 20 honorees.
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ILR Faculty, Staff Win 2024 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

As a New York State land-grant college, we apply research into practice for workers, unions, organizations, and communities to improve the world of work. We build community partnerships and trainings to improve workers’ lives across the world and contribute to an organization’s success.

Climate Change Threatens Fashion Industry

Cornell Chronicle
Extreme heat and flooding are threatening key international apparel hubs, with four countries vital to the fashion industry facing losses of 1 million jobs and $65 billion in earnings by 2030, according to two new reports out of the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University.
Textile workers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Climate Change Threatens Fashion Industry

New York Times: In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

This article reference the ILR School’s Labor Action Tracker, which provides a comprehensive database of strike and labor protest activity across the United States in order to better inform and support labor movement activists, policymakers, and scholars.
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New York Times: In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

New study documents workplace sexual harassment and violence in California janitorial industry

Today, the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR released a new report that documents experiences of workplace sexual harassment in the California janitorial industry, as well as the conditions that hinder reporting and impose silence.
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New study documents workplace sexual harassment and violence in California janitorial industry

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Undergraduate Admissions
Cornell University, ILR School
216 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: (607) 255-2222
ilr_admissions@cornell.edu

Graduate Programs
Cornell University, ILR School
218 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: (607) 255-1522
ilrgradapplicant@cornell.edu

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