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Workplace Inclusion and Diversity Education

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ILR WIDE is a new platform for diversity and inclusion education: bringing together research, teaching, and organizational practices. This collaborative space creates opportunities for scholars to work alongside teaching specialists, students and organizations.

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.

Directed by ILR Associate Professor and Cornell University Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Lisa Nishii, one of the nation’s foremost scholars on organizational inclusion, ILR WIDE will be charged with developing and delivering innovative teaching methods, conducting cutting-edge research and establishing partnerships with leading organizations to help promote the mission of workplace inclusion and develop approaches that foster a culture of inclusive leadership through diversity education.

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

What is WIDE?

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ILR WIDE is a hub for co-learning between academic researchers, teachers, students and practitioners that:

  • Enables scholars to translate their research into practical solutions with measurableoutcomes
  • 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
  • Challenges organizations to have new conversations about inclusion and apply rigorous assessment methodologies to better understand what works and what doesn’t

ILR WIDE Undergraduate Fellows

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As one of its first major projects, ILR WIDE will launch the ILR WIDE Undergraduate Fellowships. We will select a cohort of 8 students from a competitive pool of sophomores and juniors, who have taken Cornell’s intergroup dialogue course, to participate in a year-long experiential learning opportunity in workplace diversity and inclusion.

Once selected, fellows will enroll in an intensive spring semester course on dialogue-focused inclusive leadership practices taught by ILR WIDE faculty.

Read more about WIDE fellows

Intergroup Dialogue Project

ILR WIDE has been designed to collaborate closely with Cornell’s Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP). IDP uses experiential learning practices amongst Cornell students to foster deeper empathy and understanding across difference. Together, ILR WIDE and IDP will design and test innovative teaching methods that elevate understanding on complex, social issues and transfer these methods to organizational settings. This will transform Cornell’s increasingly diverse campus into a laboratory for organizational inclusion.


For more information, please contact the ILR Dean’s Office: