Cornell ILR Emeritus Faculty, Lou Jean Fleron, Awarded BY NYS Senate

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lou Jean Fleron, member of Cornell ILR’s Extension Faculty since 1977, was recently recognized as a “Women of Distinction” by the New York State Senate based on her role as “a positive agent for change” in Western New York. Joining the ILR Extension faculty in Buffalo, NY as a labor specialist, she established a reputation for forging alliances between labor unions and community organizations. Lou Jean created and directed a statewide program of research and education, dealing with workforce, industry, and economic development, which acquired a national recognition for public policy study and currently serves as Director of Cornell’s High Road Fellowship program, providing opportunities for ILR students to work with community and social justice organizations in Buffalo, NY.

This award acknowledges Lou Jean’s long record as a “tireless advocate of worker rights” and her leadership in bringing community groups together in the Partnership for Public Good, which recently received major funding for investment in Buffalo, NY from the Open Society Foundation.

We are honored to have her as a part of Cornell ILR and join her in celebrating this prestigious honor.

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