[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: ILR is bridging the gap between labor and management.
SPEAKER 2: ILR is an invitation to explore.
SPEAKER 3: ILR is bringing business and people together.
SPEAKER 4: ILR is changing the workplace and the world.
SPEAKER 5: Cornell University was founded in 1865 in Ithaca, New York. The School of Industrial and Labor Relations was established in 1945 to help resolve conflicts between labor and management. Since its inception, the ILR School has offered on-campus degree programs while adhering to its mission of extension and outreach by offering training to working professionals in the workplace, not just in the classroom.
The school offers undergraduate and graduate education within six academic departments-- Labor Relations, Law, and, History, Economics, Social Statistics, International and Comparative Labor, Human Resource Studies, and Organizational Behavior.
BETH LIVINGSTONE: That's really a social science approach to work and employment. And it allows a person to study work from very different perspectives. So you can study it from the employer point-of-view. You study it from the employee point-of-view, from society's point-of-view, from a union point-of-view.
ADELE O'ROURKE: When you're in high school, you study all of these different subjects and you may be interested in History and English and Government. And what the ILR degree allows you to do is combine all of those interests and really take a holistic approach to your education-- the way that people interact within the workforce, the way that employers and employees interact within the workforce, and, even more importantly, what you can do to impact the workforce to allow greater productivity, greater equality, and greater leadership within it.
JOHN HAUSKNECHT: I think we're similar in some ways to a business school in terms of offerings and preparation. But we're also very different in the sense that we move beyond just company interests in thinking about the workplace. It's almost a more holistic view of what the workplace involves. So it's taking into account perspectives of labor, perspectives of society, perspectives of the law, as well as perspectives of management and business.
ABBY MALDONALDO: What is great about the ILR School is that you can define it in whatever way you want to define it. There are so many different areas within the ILR school that you can pursue and develop your interests in that I think the major means different things for different people.
ALEX GONZALES: You see ILR advancing the world of work. And so when I first saw that, I originally immediately thought of the unions and the labor force. And I thought that was the path that people in ILR took. However being here, you realize that there are endless possibilities. You can go to law school, you can go into human resources, you can go into finance or any type of business.
DAVID LIPSKY: We're training students for positions on Wall Street and finance and consulting, in the corporate world, in the nonprofit world, in the health care sector, in education, in government.
ARIELLA ZWERLING: I think Cornell University as a whole is a very interesting school. There are so many different majors, there are so many different things that you can study. And the ILR School allows you to have a focus, but experience everything that you want in Cornell.
DAVID WALSH: It is the most exhilarating academic environment that I've ever been in. And I have a law degree, an undergraduate degree, and an MBA, so that that's saying something.
SAMUEL BACHARACH: We learn about this whole thing in a very integrated way. I learned about labor, I learned about management. I learned about public policy, I learned about research. It's an integrated, intimate experience.
KEVIN HALLOCK: The ILR school began in the 1940s out of labor management conflict at the time. We are now much broader than that and focus more generally on advancing the world of work. We continue to maintain a focus on management and business practices, and in our Worker institute are advancing worker rights and collective representation. ILR is having an impact around the globe and in New York State, including a large presence in New York City.
ALEX COLVIN: At ILR, we have a number of institutes. As well as the Worker Institute, we have other institutes that look at things like compensation, workplace disabilities, conflict resolution. In all of these institutes, what we do is bring together world-leading researchers, students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and engage them with things that are going on in the world of work and connecting to our outreach mission where we work with people who are out there in practice dealing with the current issues facing workers, organizations, workplaces, and public policy, both in the United States and around the world.
STEVE MIRANDA: In addition to research, the ILR school also works directly with organizations to help meet their most pressing human capital issues. Examples of this might include a customized program to help deal with globalization, a session aimed at human capital analytics and metrics, or a program on diversity and inclusion.
SUSANNE BRUYERE: Our faculty and our students are all over the world, working in contemporary workplaces and contributing to worker issues in every part of the globe.
LISA HISAE NISHII: We've made a huge push at the ILR School to internationalize our student's education. It's important in so many ways. We find that it broadens their thinking, it opens them up to new opportunities and new possibilities in their careers. And by engaging in international activities, they also make themselves a lot more marketable. They differentiate themselves from other people who don't have this global mindset.
SAROSH KURUVILLA: Since work itself is now distributed globally and jobs are moving from one country to another, it's really important for us to have our students understand completely different employment systems worldwide. I expect that within the next two years, more than 50% of our undergraduates would either have an international experience, would be studying abroad or interning abroad, or doing some service learning work abroad.
THADDEUS TALBOT: What traveling helps me do is take the principles I've learned in the class and apply them outside of the class and see how well what I've learned really affects people's lives. And seeing that play out is just really good for your level of maturity, your level of self-awareness. So when you come back to the States, you're able to say, well, we've learned about this principle in class, but this is how it actually plays out in the real world day-to-day lives of individuals.
DAVID WALSH: 30 years later, after I've gotten out of the ILR school, when I have a business problem, when I have a business thought, the first thing that comes to my mind is my human resources, my human capital, getting the most out of my people, having a great work environment. All of those things are where my mind starts because that's how I was taught to learn. In learning, that's how I was taught to think. Those were the first things that came to my mind.
And that has differentiated me versus somebody who just-- I got an MBA at Stanford, they got an MBA at Stanford, they were an engineer, they don't even think about the human element. And at least in my business, really, that's where the value is.
RANDI WEINGARTEN: This school can help create a foundation for you to be whatever you want to be.
ROBERT MANFRED: Professional sports is probably the place where labor relations is most integral to the business. Sports, at the end of the day, is about labor, which is its product. And as a result, I think there's a natural fit between ILR and sports management.
RUBEN JOSE KING-SHAW JR. The world needs leaders, and this school develops leaders. The world is full of conflict, and this school helps people learn how to resolve conflict. The world is concerned about jobs and workers' rights and social justice, and this school addresses jobs and workers' rights and social justice.
SPEAKER 6: ILR is a business education focused on people.
SPEAKER 7: ILR is preparing HR leaders.
SPEAKER 8: ILR is a strong network of alumni.
SPEAKER 9: ILR is social justice.
SPEAKER 10: ILR Is the next generation of change makers.
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The ILR School is advancing the world of work through teaching, research and outreach. ILR's mission is to prepare leaders, inform national and international employment and labor policy, and improve working lives.