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ULI Graduation Class

Union Leadership Institute

 

The New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI) prepares labor and worker-justice leaders to effectively and strategically advance the rights of workers. 

 

About the New York State AFL-CIO / Cornell Union Leadership Institute

The New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI) prepares labor and worker-justice leaders to effectively and strategically advance the rights of workers. Founded in 2001, ULI helps labor and worker justice leaders strengthen their organizations so that they are bold, innovative and able to adapt to a changing global economy and workforce.

ULI ventures beyond the traditional “skills-building“ approach in labor leadership training, using a transformational model of leadership development as a tool to build inclusion and solidarity. We are a unique, multi-union, multi-sector statewide certificate program where participants share ideas and common concerns, acquire new tools, sharpen skills, and connect with other worker leaders in the New York labor and worker justice movements.

It helps build a statewide network of visionary leaders who can advance collective bargaining and worker representation in communities and workplaces.

Program Structure

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The curriculum combines three week-long retreats facilitated by a team of experienced and dynamic instructors. We are committed to active learning and use a wide range of participatory approaches.  

The curriculum is designed to adjust to the particular needs and actual challenges ULI participants are facing within their own organizations. ULI provides space for leaders to explore the strategic challenges they face in the workplace and society. 

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The Institute is looking for top-level staff and elected leaders who currently hold positions of significant responsibility within their unions. The sponsoring organization’s commitment to its nominee’s leadership development is a critical factor for admission.

A limited number of scholarships are available for participants whose unions and organizations have limited financial resources to sponsor their participation in the program. 

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“There’s no doubt in my mind that what we learned in this Institute as labor leaders will carry us through the tumultuous times ahead.”
Randi DiAntonio, ULI Class of 2018

Happy New Year from the Labor Leadership Program’s Team!

The Labor Leadership Program’s Team at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2022.
Class od 2021 ULI
Happy New Year from the Labor Leadership Program’s Team!

Campos-Medina Receives Award

The Latino Coalition of New Jersey has honored Worker Institute Executive Director Patricia Campos-Medina for her work on behalf of laborers, undocumented immigrants and domestic workers.
Patricia Campos-Medina in NYC
Campos-Medina Receives Award

ULI 2021 Returns to Ithaca Campus

Members of this year’s Union Leadership Institute class convened in July for their second retreat of a three-retreat series on the Ithaca campus
ULI Class of 2021
ULI 2021 Returns to Ithaca Campus

Faculty and Staff

  • Senior Extension Associate

  • Program Coordinator

  • Director of the National Labor Leadership initiative

  • Senior Extension Associate

Contact

To speak with someone about the program or to request an information packet contact: 
Elaine Kim, Director of New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute at ek583@cornell.edu.

New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute

The Worker Institute, ILR School
Cornell University
570 Lexington Ave
12th floor, New York, NY 10022
laborleadership@cornell.edu

 

 

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