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Dean’s Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Alex Colvin

The ILR School seeks to further Cornell University’s commitment to inclusion and opportunity, rooted in the democratic and nonsectarian values envisioned by its founders. As the leading academic institution focused on the world of work, labor, and employment, issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are central to our mission. We address these important issues through our teaching, research, outreach and as an employer.

  • Teaching: our curriculum across undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels addresses DEI issues as central to understanding the world of work.
  • Research: we have leading researchers investigating DEI in the workplace and in society, developing insights that improve policy and practice.
  • Outreach: we engage with workers, organizations, and policymakers to help labor, management, and government advance DEI in their own organizations and in their work.
  • Employment: we are committed to recruiting and retaining  exceptional faculty and staff that reflects the diversity of our students.

Creating an environment where students, staff, and faculty experience a strong sense of community is paramount. We will continue to strive as an institution to advance our DEI commitments and create a more equitable and inclusive environment so all members can thrive.

Alexander Colvin, Kenneth F. Kahn Dean of the ILR School


Office of Student Services

The Office of Student Services can help students with inclusion, and offer direct support for those in need. Find out more about the services we offer students, and get in touch with someone who can help.

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Student Organizations

We host a range of programs and organizations for students from many backgrounds, interests, and identities.

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Faculty and Staff

Center for Teaching Innovation

The Center for Teaching Innovation offers workshops and training guides designed focused on the creation of inclusive classrooms.

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Land Acknowledgement

Cornell University’s Ithaca campus Land Acknowledgement respects and recognizes indigenous peoples and the history and connection to their traditional lands and waters.


Cornell Human Resources support the seven dimensions of wellbeing, including cultural wellbeing, with resources and programs.

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Belonging at Cornell

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Across the university, initiatives focused on diversity, equity and inclusion support our collective efforts to create a campus community where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences can both contribute and thrive.

Find out more about belonging at Cornell.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The ILR School convenes a council on the topic of diversity and inclusion. The council meets quarterly to solicit feedback from the ILR community, to encourage actions which address issues of diversity and inclusion, and ensures the school continues to make progress in this area.

Council members

  • George Boyer, Senior Associate Dean for Academics (co-chair)
  • Kara Lombardi, Assistant Dean for Student Experience and Wellbeing (co-chair)
  • Denise Brown-Hart, Assistant Dean for Human Resources (co-chair)
  • Angela Canfield, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Tonya Eiklor, Human Resources Generalist
  • Daniel James, Undergraduate student
  • Jessie Mancilla, Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Services
  • Julian Martinez-Moreno, Graduate student
  • Wendy Strobel Gower, Program Director, Inclusive Workplaces, YTI
  • Pam Tolbert, Lois S. Gray Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Social Sciences
  • Tom Addonizio, Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications
  • Nellie Brown, Director, Workplace Health & Safety Programs

If you want to get involved, contact one of the council members or email:

Council Updates

Diversity and Inclusion Council Update – January 2021

The ILR Diversity and Inclusion Council would like to provide a brief update on the school’s most recent efforts to build a more inclusive ILR community.
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Diversity and Inclusion Council Update – January 2021

Diversity and Inclusion Council Update – September 2020

In July, Dean Colvin communicated a series of actions to promote racial justice within the ILR community. He asked for the Diversity and Inclusion Council to follow up with the community and keep you informed of our ongoing progress.
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Diversity and Inclusion Council Update – September 2020

Message from the Dean – July 2020

I wanted to provide you all with an update as to actions that ILR is currently taking to further these efforts to address the issues of racial injustice.
Alex Colvin
Message from the Dean – July 2020