ILR: Workplace Inclusion and Diversity Education

We are embarking upon an ambitious collaboration with ILR to promote dialogue-based approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both the classroom and the workplace. Made possible by a generous donation from Tim ’82 and Robin Wentworth, ILR WIDE (Workplace Inclusion and Diversity Education) will give us opportunities to innovate new pedagogy and curricula based on IDP frameworks for ILR courses, support cutting-edge research on organizational diversity and inclusion, and establish partnerships with companies so students can use their dialogue skills in workplace settings as part of their undergraduate education. We are hoping that bringing critical dialogue into organizational settings will help expand IDP’s impact and reach beyond Cornell. ILR WIDE will also give us a platform to expand IDP’s work on inclusive leadership education that began with ILRID 4675/6675. We hope to update you soon on all the initiatives and achievements that come from this new collaboration.

ILR WIDE is a new platform for diversity and inclusion education: bringing together research, teaching, and organizational practices. This collaborative space creates opportunities for scholars to work alongside teaching specialists, students, and organizations.

ILR WIDE has been designed to collaborate closely with Cornell’s Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP). IDP uses experiential learning practices amongst Cornell students to foster deeper empathy and understanding across difference. Together, ILR WIDE and IDP will design and test innovative teaching methods that elevate understanding on complex, social issues and transfer these methods to organizational settings. This will transform Cornell’s increasingly diverse campus into a laboratory for organizational inclusion.

Read more about this initiative in the Cornell Chronicle