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C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School

C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School

2020 C.L Dellums African American Leadership School – Alumni Edition

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 19

Co-sponsored by the Contra Costa County 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 be open to a select group of Dellums School alumni. Building upon the fundamental organizing skills developed in the basic Dellums curriculum (Dellums 1.0) this alumni training (Dellums 2.0) will help participants develop strategic campaign skills and build high participation organizations. While participants will be asked to explore applying these tools to their organizations, the entire class will focus on planning a large conference on Black life in East Contra Costa County to be held in July 2020.

This year’s school will take place across four sessions: an opening Friday night reception/working dinner and then three bi-weekly Saturdays. Participants will be selected after an application and interview process.

Program Dates:

  • Friday, March 13 Working Dinner from 6:30PM – 8PM
  • Saturday, March 14 from 9AM – 4PM
  • Saturday, March 28 from 9AM – 4PM
  • Saturday, April 11 from 9AM – 4PM

Selection Process

Phone Interviews:

  • Note: Not all applicants will be selected for a phone interview.
  • Applicants will be notified if selected to interview by February 19 or sooner.
  • Phone interviews will be conducted from February 19 to February 27.
    The phone interview will last approximately 30 minutes.

Selection Notification: Applicants will be notified if selected to join the school by February 29th.

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

Cost: $200 per participant, includes light breakfast, lunch, instruction, and all workshop materials. Information on how to process the $200 registration fee will be included in the acceptance packet. Payment is due by March 14, 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. 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. He is also co-founder (and current Board President) of the National Black Worker Center.


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

If you have any questions regarding logistics, please contact:
Clementina Jara
(510) 643-7048

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