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C. L. Dellums Leadership School

C. L. Dellums Leadership School

The goal of the C.L. Dellums 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 the intersection of mass incarceration, race, and labor.

Working closely with the Bay Area Black Worker Center, participants will develop organizing skills, learn more about the history of mass incarceration and its impact on communities and workers, and gain a better understanding of the landscape of organizations in the East Bay working on mass incarceration issues. This year’s school will take place on four alternating Saturdays and will include both classroom and field work. Participants will be selected after an application and interview process.


  • Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9AM–3PM
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9AM–3PM
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9AM–3PM
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9AM–3PM – a graduation celebration will be held later that evening

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Interviews: Applicants will be notified by Thursday, March 3, 2016, if they’ve been selected for an interview.

Selection: Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 4, 2016, if they’ve been selected to participate in the 2016 C.L. Dellums Leadership School.

UC Berkeley Labor Center
IRLE Building
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Cost: $290, includes light breakfast, lunch, instruction, parking, and all workshop materials.

Payment is due by Saturday, March 19, the first day of the workshop. Information on how to process the $290 registration fee will be included in your acceptance packet.

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.


Danielle Mahones

Danielle Mahones is a skilled facilitator and trainer and has 20 years of experience in social justice movement work. For nine years she served as the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO), a racial-justice organization dedicated to building a social-justice movement led by people of color. As Executive Director she still kept her hand in direct program work by facilitating Spanish-language organizing trainings, providing strategic and organizational consultations to key allies, developing curricula for the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s California Lead Organizer Institute and co-founding new programs such as the Black Organizing Project and BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity). Prior to this Danielle spent a decade working in the labor movement. She organized hotel workers with HERE Local 2850, janitors with SEIU Local 1877, and directed new organizing and contract campaigns for Stanford hospital and university workers with SEIU Local 715 (now 521). She has worked as an independent consultant to community, labor, and philanthropic organizations, including The California Endowment’s East Oakland Building Healthy Communities, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Latino Outreach Program of the League of Conservation Voters, the Ella Baker Center, and the Bay Area Black Workers Center. In her current position at the Labor Center she is providing technical assistance to the National Black Worker Center project.


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

Danielle Mahones
(510) 642-6811

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

The 2016 C.L. Dellums Leadership School welcomes participation from people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, and gender identities.