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2018 C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School

2018 C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School

Classes begin February 24, 2018

This event is co-sponsored by the Contra Costa Labor Council


The goal of the C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School is to train union and community members active in the Black community so they can strengthen relationships between the Black community and the labor movement.

This year’s program will focus on Black workers and the Black community in Contra Costa County. Economic growth in San Francisco and Oakland and the associated rise in inequality have driven many Black workers out of those cities and into Contra Costa County. The curriculum will develop participants’ skills so they can better understand the conditions of Black workers in the county, including the impact of mass incarceration, and support unions and other organizations who seek to address the problems of Black workers. Topics to be covered include: Organizing 101; the Political Economy in the East Bay; Civic Engagement; Conducting a Power Analysis; and Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform.

This year’s school will take place on five Saturdays and will include both classroom and field work. Participants will be selected after an application and interview process.


  • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 9AM–4PM
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9AM–4PM
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9AM–4PM
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9AM–4PM
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9AM–4PM

Selection Process:

Participants will be selected based on an application and phone interview process.
Final deadline to submit an application is February 2, 2018.
Applicants will be notified if they have been invited to proceed to a phone interview. *Note: not all applicants will be selected for a phone interview.
Phone interviews will be conducted from February 2–16, 2018. The phone interview will last approximately 30 minutes
Applicants will be notified if selected to join the class by February 16, 2018.

United Steelworkers Local 5
1333 Pine Street #A
Martinez, CA 94553

$350 per participant, includes light breakfast, lunch, instruction, parking and all workshop materials. Information on how to process the $350 registration fee will be included in the acceptance packet. Payment is due by February 24, 2018, the first day of the workshop.

About the Facilitators

Steven C. Pitts

Steven Pitts came to the Labor Center in August of 2001 from Houston, Texas. Steven received his Ph.D. in economics with an emphasis on urban economics from the University of Houston in 1994. His M.A. is also from the University of Houston and he holds a B.A. from Harvard University. For the 15 years prior to his arrival at the Labor Center, Steven taught economics at Houston Community College and, for five years, he was an adjunct lecturer in the African American Studies Program at the University of Houston. At the Labor Center, Steven focuses on issues of job quality and Black workers. In this arena, he has published reports on employment issues in the Black community, initiated a Black union leadership school, and shaped projects designed to build solidarity between Black and Latino immigrant workers. Currently, a major area of his work involves providing technical assistance to efforts in developing Black worker centers around the country.


If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact:
Steven Pitts
(510) 643-6815

If you have any questions regarding logistics, please contact:
Kineshia Cadogan
(510) 642-1027

Clementina Jara
(510) 643-7048

If you would prefer to download and print an application:
» 2018 Dellums Application PDF

The C.L. Dellums Leadership School welcomes participation from people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, and gender identities.