Cornell ILR hosts the first Global Service Learning Project in ADR to Vietnam
In January 2015, the ILR School and the Scheinman Institute offered a Global Service Learning (GSL) project in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam, during the Cornell winter break. The program focused on labor relations and conflict resolution. The project was hosted by Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU).
Four ILR undergraduate students were selected to study labor relations and dispute resolution in Vietnam. The students were Nicole Palmadesso, Kristen Smith, Lowell Jackson, and Gideon Teitel. Each ILR student was paired with TDTU students to work on joint projects. The ILR students submitted research papers and received academic credit through independent study.
The GSL Vietnam project was made possible through funding from the Scheinman Institute. The GSL was led by Richard Fincher (ILR’73), the Executive Director of the Asia Labor Arbitration Project (ALAP) in the Scheinman Institute.
GSL experience is a priority of the ILR School. Students who participate in GSL trips engage in social problems that afflict global communities at the local level. Service learning motivates reflection and inspires personal growth, while significantly aiding the global community.