MLER Program Welcomes Largest Incoming Class

From an overview of concentrations within labor studies to an introduction to library resources, new students within SMLR’s Master of Labor and Employment Relations Program received a full overview of the school’s program during orientation on September 5. Held in the Labor Education Center, the event was led by Professor Paula Voos, the director of academic programs, and Sattik Deb, director of student services.  

Professor Paula Voos, director of academic programs, welcomes students into the master of labor and employment relations (MLER) program.
Sattik Deb, director of student services, shares insights into career options. 

Professors Tracy Chang, Tobias Schulze Cleven, Jeff Keefe, Francis Ryan, and Saul Rubenstein as well as part-time lecturer Anne-Michelle Marsden shared their research and teaching expertise with students. The professors and instructors met informally with attendees to assist with course planning and answer questions.

“This is the largest and most diverse collection of academic talent and backgrounds the MLER program has ever had and the department is enthusiastic to see not only such growth but also the plethora of unique perspectives and experiences the incoming class brings to the table,” says Sattik Deb.

Professor Voos and Sattik Deb welcomed 46 attendees, who are among the 112 current students within the program, the largest incoming class in the program’s history. This is a 40% increase in total students from a year ago. The master in labor and employment Relations program’s growth may be credited towards its unique focus on creating and disseminating knowledge about issues related to work, workers, and the employment relationship. Students are able to tailor their studies to meet their own individual interests and professional needs. Concentrations include labor and community leadership, organizational change, labor relations, diversity and workplace inclusion, public policy in labor markets and employment, and public sector labor relations. For more information, visit

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New MLER students review the program's components.