Lois Gray was a pioneer in the field of labor education. She had a vision for raising up the collective voice of working people. In 2012, Lois helped establish The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR. The Worker Institute engages in research and education on contemporary labor issues. Lois saw the institute as a place to generate innovative thinking and solutions to problems related to work, economy, and society.
Before her passing in 2018, Lois created the Lois Gray Fund for Innovation with a personal, million-dollar gift. Lois recognized the vital role The Worker Institute plays in creating a unique space for labor leaders to learn, explore, examine and experiment.
The Worker Institute is deeply honored and appreciative of Lois’ gift, and we are incredibly thankful for the opportunity she has given us to continue her legacy. Using Lois’ gift, we will be launching the Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative in 2020.
In consultation with Lois’ family, the Worker Institute Advisory Council and other key stakeholders and partners, we will develop a comprehensive program for the initiative. This program will include public events, training workshops, research, and outreach. The Initiative's goal is to bring together labor leaders, union members, scholars and other allies to advance innovative ideas for protecting and expanding workers' rights.
The Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative will hold a day-long symposium and awards ceremony. This event will foster a dynamic dialogue around innovation in the labor movement, recognize and honor individuals and organizations that are demonstrating innovation, and raise funds to grow Lois’ endowment to The Worker Institute.
Your Contribution to Lois’ Vision
If you, your union, or your organization share Lois’ vision for nurturing and encouraging innovative ideas, strategies, and practices to strengthen workers’ rights and create a more just and equitable world, please consider a gift to the Lois Gray Fund for Innovation.
Your gift will help us build the Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative to carry on the brilliant, path-breaking work Lois did throughout her incredible life. As workers’ rights are increasingly under attack, this major initiative will create space for labor leaders, union members, scholars, and activists to think and act differently. It will create a space to develop, discuss, and experiment with new practices that build the power of working people.
For more information or help with a gift to the Lois Gray Fund for Innovation, please contact:
Lara Skinner, Executive Director
The Worker Institute, Cornell ILR
570 Lexington Ave, 12th Floor
New York, NY, 10022
More information coming soon.