Despite the treacherous winter weather and scary Ithaca Walmart, we really are lucky to go to a school with such innovative minds. Where else could you get a Chinese takeout on the move as you rush to fail your math prelim? Where else could you quickly find a salad after being canceled for answering a provocative Big Red Heads question? The new walk-thru Dining Hall is state of the art, and will offer countless benefits to the Cornell student body.
Starting this fall, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations implemented a substantially altered curriculum for first-year and transfer students, which includes a diversity and inclusion requirement, updated writing seminars and an increased emphasis on statistics and data analysis skills.
After more than three decades, Cornell’s ILR school plans to make changes to the curriculum starting in the fall of 2022, including adding an international course requirement and a focus on diversity and inclusion.
Rounding off a nine-month-long search, Cornell named Alexander Colvin Ph.D ’99 its next Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations on Thursday, a five-year appointment effective July 1.
The School of Industrial and Labor Relations suspended its exchange program with China’s Renmin University on Oct. 20 because ILR director of international programs, Eli Friedman believes the University is limiting academic freedom.
Provost Michael Kotlikoff’s decision to move on from the proposed merger between the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the College of Human Ecology is the right one, and we are glad to see this exercise in academic Frankensteining put to rest. We hope that without the most unpopular proposal casting a shadow over campus, Cornell can constructively debate the other elements of the Committee on Organizational Structures in the Social Sciences report. The merger idea encountered fierce pushback from faculty and students alike, particularly in the ILR school, and drew comparisons to 2016’s much-maligned creation of the College of Business. Eighty-eight percent of ILR faculty expressed opposition to the proposal in a survey presented to the Faculty Senate, 163 current ILR and Human Ecology students wrote a letter to The Sun objecting to the idea and all four living former deans of the ILR school similarly argued against the change in an open letter to Kotlikoff and President Martha Pollack published in The Sun. Throughout this process, the co-chairs of the committee and other members of the administration reiterated that the proposals laid out in the report were just that — proposals — and that the merger was not even the highest-rated idea.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and President Martha E. Pollack will speak at a forum hosted by the ILR school that aims to increase students’ understanding of sexual harassment in the workforce on Monday.
On Monday, Cornell alumni from across the sports industry came together to speak at the 1st ILR Sports Leadership Summit in Manhattan. Speakers included NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman ’74 and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred ’80.