SMLR Update: Presentations & Events

November 2017

November 29th

Visiting Professor Binod Khadria traveled to Geneva to speak at a gathering of The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency. Khadria, the first-ever ICCR Chair of Indian Studies at Rutgers University, is a member of the IOM’s Migration Research Leaders Syndicate in support of the 2018 Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). Click here to watch his remarks.




November 18th

Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director of the Education & Employment Research Center (EERC), was the keynote speaker at the Community College League of California’s 2017 Annual Convention. She addressed how successful career preparation is an essential part of the community college equity mission. She explored several strategies colleges can use to promote career success including aligning programs with career opportunities, improving career advising, ensuring skill development, creating connections with employers to build social capital, and aligning with regional economic development efforts. ... learn more (page 80). 


November 15th

SMLR Interim Dean Adrienne Eaton and Distinguished Professor Susan Schurman edited a new book, Informal Workers and Collective Action: A Global Perspective, with Martha A. Chen. The book features nine cases of collective action in a diverse set of countries to improve the status and working conditions of informal workers. Professors Eaton and Schurman set the stage for the book by writing the introduction and conclusion.​​​​​ Associate Professor Janice Fine co-wrote a chapter on "Haitian Migrant Workers in the Dominican Republic," while SMLR part-time lecturers Mary Evans and Sahra Ryklief contributed chapters on "Beer Promoters in Cambodia" and "Retail and Hospitality Workers in South Africa," respectively. A special book launch for Informal Workers and half-day conference was held in honor of the Solidarity Center’s 20th anniversary. … read more.


November 9th and 13th

Professor Tamara Lee was invited to deliver a presentation entitled, "'Intersectional Organizing' for Labor and Social Justice" and participated in a panel discussion on “Immigrants and Diverse Labor Markets” during Morehouse Colleges' International and Comparative Labor Studies Symposium on November 9th. She also facilitated a session on "Talking Across Differences: Political Dialogue 101" during Glamour's Women of the Year Summit held on November 13th. In conjunction with the Women’s March organizers, she provided summit attendees with a "daring discussions" tool-kit for use in building solidarity across identities. She also shared techniques for having tough conversations with people you love but disagree with politically.


November 9th

EERC Director Heather McKay and Senior Researcher Dan Douglas presented papers on developmental education redesign at the annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Their papers emerged out of projects produced by EERC.




November 8th

Heather McKay lent her expertise to a panel discussion on the workforce problems facing business today, organized by Rutgers Business School as part of its Future of Work symposium. In addition to the symposium, Heather participated in several recent events on current issues impacting the workforce. She served on two panels for the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program meeting in D.C. on November 26th and 27th. One presentation focused on the evaluation process and the second explored collaborations between community colleges and the workforce development system. She also ran a workshop and panel on prior learning assessment at the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning’s annual meeting.


October 2017

October 25th-27th

Rutgers SMLR is among the partnering organizations in the Institutional Experimentation for Better Work Project. Led by the University of Montreal, HEC Montreal and Laval Université, Quebec, the seven-year project (2017-2024) aims to build knowledge and understanding of how to make work better. Approximately 2.5 million Canadian dollars were granted. 

The first major conference and kick-off meetings were held in Quebec. SMLR Interim Dean Adrienne Eaton attended the event and presented at the plenary session, “How Do We Study Cases of Institutional Experimentation?” She was joined by SMLR Associate Professors Rebecca Givan and Mingwei Liu as well as Ph.D. students Phela Townsend, Jung Ook Kim, and Jacob Barnes, who attended the event’s doctoral workshop and the meeting. 

The project is organized by the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) and focuses on the actors in the world of work who engage in social experimentation and on whether that experimentation leads to work being better or worse. The project will fund a range of networking activities on this theme, including workshops and conferences, faculty and doctoral student exchange and joint publications. … read more


October 25th 

Heather McKay and Michelle Van Noy organized a workshop at the National Council of Workforce Education that looked at lessons learned from the center’s seven evaluations of TAACCCT projects. They also participated in the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM)’s November 4th gathering, during which Heather presented a paper and Michelle participated as a discussant.



September 2017

September 12th-15th

Professor Charles Heckscher was the keynote speaker at Sociotechnical Systems Roundtable Inc. (STS) 2017 Annual Roundtable, "Designing Collaborative Ecosystems." Attendees explored the practice of building collaborative ecosystems in the healthcare sector as well as in other fields to broaden the understanding of collaborative ecosystems' general principles and methods. This event was organized by SMLR's Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society and Center for Work and Health. ... read more.


September 7th-8th

SMLR Interim Dean Adrienne Eaton participated in a panel discussion during the Mobilizing to Win in Europe: Change to Win and the Diffusion of Union Strategy conference.



August 2017

August 30th

SMLR's Center for Global Work and Employment held a workshop at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco to probe the changing politics of Germany’s social market economy. … read more.






July 2017

July 24th

The New Jersey Healthcare Talent Development Center held a National Accelerator Healthcare Apprenticeship Conference at Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center. The more than 100 attendees were able to learn about building apprenticeships within the healthcare industry, attend a variety of workshops, and participate in a Sector of Excellence in Apprenticeship forum. … view photos.



July 14th-16th

The Center for Global Work and Employment, School of Labor and Human Resources of Renmin University at China jointly held the center's second-annual conference in Beijing. The conference theme was “Work and Employment in the Platform Economy.” ... read more.




June 2017

June 16th

SMLR’s Center for Work and Health and Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) co-sponsored a conference, “What’s Next for Healthcare in New Jersey?,” at the Labor Education Center. Several leading guest speakers led an exploration of the rising cost of healthcare in the Garden State, how it affects collective bargaining, what other states are doing to fix the problem, and what we can do here in New Jersey. view photos



In case you missed it ...

SMLR’s Crowdsourcing Conference last November, you can now watch the full raw video on YouTube. Organized by SMLR Visiting Distinguished Scholar Wilma Liebman, the conference explored how innovations in digital technology have empowered the rise of the platform business model. Panelists discussed the opportunities and real challenges in managing a virtual labor force and concerns about what it may mean for the future of work.