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Sally Alvarez

Senior Extension Associate
Labor and Unions


Sally Munro Alvarez is the Director of Labor Programs in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Extension Division, Cornell University. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Alvarez holds a B.A from Duke University, a master's degree in communication from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in American studies from Emory University. Alvarez has worked extensively with non-profit and service organizations, labor unions, and organizations in higher education, developing and delivering training in communication skills, leadership, promotions, fundraising, strategic planning, and other areas. Before coming to Cornell, she worked in community and union organizing, ran a public access cable television studio, wrote, produced and directed a number of documentary films, and taught communications at a college level for many years. Her work as a labor educator focuses primarily on communication, media, leadership development, organizational change, and ethics.


Journal Articles

    Book Chapters

    • Gill Kirton, Geraldine Healy, Sally Alvarez, Mary Gatta, Risa Lieberwitz, Heather Mackay. 2013. Developing and Globalising Women's Union Leadership via a Cross-National Exchange Programme. in Gendering and Diversifying Trade Union Leadership. United Kingdom: Routledge, 2013. Sue Ledwith and Lise Lotte Hansen. (202-221)

    Professional Activities

    • Why is Collective Voice for Emerging A&E Workers in NYC Important?. Presented to City of NY Department of Cultural Affairs. NYC. 2018.
    • Young Arts and Entertainment workers and the labor movement in the US. Presented to Hans Bockler FDN. Düsseldorf, Germany. 2017.
    • ReSET: Strategic Education Training for the Arts & Entertainment Workforce. Presented to International Alliancce of Theatrical and Stage Employees. Silver Spring, MD. 2017.
    • “Supervising Union Staff with Labor’s Values: A Presentation of Curriculum and Instructional Outcomes.” . Presented to United Association of Labor Educators. Silver Spring MD. 2009.