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ILR WIDE is creating a community where academic research on inclusion and diversity can be applied to the way we're teaching here at Cornell, and to the wider world through organizational partnerships. 

We are driven by a sense of urgency and responsibility to prepare the next generation of leaders to collaborate productively and confidently across difference, translate cutting-edge scholarly research into practical solutions, and challenge organizations to engineer more inclusive workplace cultures.

Directed by Dr. Lisa Nishii, one of the nation’s foremost scholars on organizational inclusion, ILR WIDE...

  • Enables scholars to translate their research into practical solutions with measurable outcomes
  • Cultivates leaders by identifying the training needed to envision, create, and sustain more inclusive organizations
  • Incubates innovations in pedagogy that can be adapted for application in organizations
  • Partners with organizations to apply rigorous assessment methodologies to better understand what works and what doesn’t

ILR WIDE has been made possible by a generous donation from Tim '82 and Robin Wentworth.


    ILR WIDE is charged with supporting DEI research by ILR faculty and partnering with leading organizations to conduct cutting-edge research on 21st century workplace challenges to promote better, more inclusive outcomes for organizations and their employees. ILR WIDE's research and corporate outreach are led by a core group of faculty fellows, drawn from ILR's experts on diversity and inclusion. ILR doctoral students conducting organizational DEI research are also welcome to affiliate as ILR WIDE fellows. ILR faculty and doctoral students who want to inquire about becoming an ILR WIDE fellows should email

    ILR WIDE Research Grants

    To encourage DEI research with direct implications for organizations and workplaces, ILR WIDE provides limited funding for research projects. Get more information and apply.

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    Meet our Grad Fellows



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    ILR WIDE Undergraduate Student Fellowship Program

    The ILR Undergraduate Student Fellowship provides a semester-long learning opportunity on workplace diversity and inclusion. This program is completed in conjunction with an ILR credit internship. Students fellows are advised in the credit internship by ILR WIDE's assistant director. They also take an additional online course on workplace inclusion during their internship semester.

    EDUC/ILRID 2610 Intergroup Dialogue is a pre-requisite for this program.

    Get more information and apply.

    Students interested in this program should contact Dr. Stephen Kim (

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    DEI: Dialogue for Change

    A collaboration among ILR WIDE, the Intergroup Dialogue Project, and eCornell, this certificate program equips executives and organizational leaders to:

    • expand their understandings of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • dialogue meaningfully with others across difference
    • practice skills for strategic institutional change

    Get more information and register.

    Intergroup Dialogue Project

    ILR WIDE collaborates closely with Cornell’s Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP). IDP uses experiential learning practices to foster deeper empathy and understanding across difference. Together, ILR WIDE and IDP design and test innovative teaching methods that elevate understanding of DEI and transfer these methods to organizational settings, transforming Cornell’s increasingly diverse campus into a laboratory for organizational inclusion.

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    • Director, ILR WIDE
    • Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment
    • Professor, Human Resource Studies

    • Associate Director of Research and Corporate Outreach, ILR WIDE
    • Associate Professor, Human Resource Studies

    • Assistant Director of Programs and Pedagogical Innovation, ILR WIDE
    • Curriculum Specialist & Lecturer, Intergroup Dialogue Project


    For more information, please contact: