Unemployment course gets Engaged Curriculum funds

Ian GreerUnemployment is a cause of many social ills, but U.S. public policy has been notoriously ineffective in preventing it or blunting its effects.

That is the foundation upon which Ian Greer, M.S. ’03, Ph.D. ’05, a senior research associate in the ILR School, built a class – Unemployment: Causes, Experiences and Responses – with the help of a $10,000 Engaged Curriculum Grant from the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) during the 2017-18 academic year.

“There’s not another course at Cornell like it,” Greer said. “It’s an interdisciplinary course that has guest lectures from the legal aid community, the U.S. Department of Labor and the trade union movement, as well as different schools at Cornell. It mobilizes a lot of different expertise from different practical and academic angles for students to learn about many aspects of unemployment.”

In August, Greer’s team – which includes Paul Davis of the ILR School; Michaela Azemi and Steward Schwab from Cornell Law School; and community partners LawNY, Harold Oaklander and Miller Mayer, LLP – was awarded a $46,000 development grant from OEI to implement a few changes and continue with the course.

Read the full article in the Cornell Chronicle.