Student Organizations

Student clubs

In addition to the over 1,000 student organizations found across Cornell University, ILR offers students its own distinct organizations to get involved in. These ILR student organizations express and advance the interests of students and the issues studied within the School. Following is a sample list of current ILR students organizations:

ILR Student Government Association (SGA)

ILR is the only of Cornell's seven undergraduate schools and colleges with its own student government. The SGA's mission is to represent and serve as an advocate for the interests of all undergraduate students within the ILR School, and its student representatives serve as liaisons between the School's student body, faculty, and staff. Past events have included the ILR Week of Service, Dinner with the Dean, and a Career Fair Breakfast.

ILR Global Affairs Club (IGAC)

For students interested in international affairs and issues affecting the global workplace, IGAC is the place to be. The organization hosts forums and special events with faculty, alumni, business, industry and non-profit leaders to discuss the impacts of current and proposed policies on international workplace conditions and culture. IGAC seeks to foster open discussion and debate and aims to provide outlets for leadership and learning to complement ILR classroom instruction with applied experience in a global setting.

Cornell Organization for Labor Action (COLA)

COLA is an organization for students who are committed to social and economic justice in the workplace. The group focuses on advancing the labor movement within Ithaca, across the United States, and around the world. This highly active organization co-facilitates a Social Justice Career Fair and Union Days, as well as other events and activities. Recent successes include a campus-wide campaign, in collaboration with United Students Against Sweatshops, against Adidas' refusal to pay severance to thousands of Indonesian factory workers, a policy Adidas overturned after Cornell and other universities threatened to sever its business contracts with the company.

ILR Sports Business Society (ILRSBS)

The ILRSBS seeks to educate students interested in opportunities in the sports industry and related topics and careers. The club hosts a radio show, writes a student blog, conducts research, and publishes a magazine. They also sponsor guest speakers from the sports industry to discuss current issues and career options. Recent events include discussions with:

  • Paul Salvatore '81, co-chair of the Labor and Employment practice at Proskauer Rose LLP, the first law firm to represent league management in all four major sports
  • Gary Gertzog '80, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel of the NFL
  • Ari Roitman '98, Senior Vice President of Business for the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Scott Malaga '89, former Cornell Big Red football captain and current Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Intersport.

Minority Industrial and Labor Relations Student Organization (MILRSO)

MILRSO provides social, academic, and pre-professional support to its members. Open to all ILR students, the organization fosters cross-cultural friendships and dialogue. MILRSO coordinates an annual symposium and workshops that focus on the issues of diversity in the workplace. The organization has participated in a local community service project called "Into the Streets," and members maintain corporate and alumni contacts to assist current students with their professional development.

ILR Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

As Cornell's chapter of the world's largest association devoted to Human Resource Management, SHRM is composed of undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in the professional field of HR and related issues, such as leadership, recruitment, compensation, and organizational culture.  The group hosts speakers from organizations that recruit interns and employees from the ILR student body.

ILR Women's Caucus

The Women's Caucus focuses on the opportunities and challenges facing women in the workplace and aims to facilitate leadership and project management skills among ILR women. The group identifies and hosts speakers and information sessions across campus and in the greater Ithaca community to highlight current research, programs, and initiatives that address the interests and concerns of women. Focus topics include gender barriers in the workplace, pay equity, harassment, and child care.