Field Studies in Community and Labor Organizing

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Spring 2021 Field Studies in Labor and Community Organizing

Public Policy 190-005
Course number: 17891
Schedule: Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-11:00am
Location: Online

This field study course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in social and economic justice, and seek to earn academic credit while gaining experience in organizing. Building upon the Labor Center’s popular Labor Summer program, it allows students to apply existing organizing skills or acquire new knowledge in community and labor organizations. Once enrolled, students will be matched with our community partners that promote the interests of working families in the Bay Area. Classroom-based guided reflection, skills development, career information, and engagement with current debates will complement the fieldwork. This experience can open the door to life-long careers as organizers, researchers, policy analysts, political lobbyists, communication specialists and influential leaders in the labor movement.

Past field studies projects have included:

  • A campaign for immigrant casino workers to win living wages and health insurance
  • Outreach and education to community members in the Fruitvale District about Oakland’s minimum wage and paid sick day benefits
  • A campaign organized by local child care teachers, directors, providers, parents, and organizations to secure more investment in the child care system
  • Recruiting and retaining low-wage immigrant restaurant workers into job training programs, and support the advancement of Know Your Rights workplace justice campaigns
  • And more!