C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School

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The UC Berkeley Labor Center is seeking applicants for the 2021 C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School! Established in 2006 and now in a virtual format for the first time, this six-week program brings together and trains young emerging leaders to strengthen the connection between the Black community and the labor movement and promote the interests of Black workers within their unions and their communities.

Why now? The economic and health impacts of COVID-19 have been catastrophic on Black workers and their families. Black workers are vastly overrepresented as frontline workers, and have been forced to choose between their lives and their livelihoods. They are at a greater risk for contracting COVID-19 than the population at large. They have also suffered higher than average rates of job loss during this time. The pandemic has exposed as well as exacerbated deep economic and racial inequalities that have long existed. As we reimagine and rebuild the economy following the pandemic, Black workers, their families, and their communities must be front and center.

Why Dellums? The Dellums School offers the opportunity for you to help build a just and equitable economy. You will develop relationships, deepen your organizing skills, and critically connect the dots among the many issues that Black workers face. The school will explore and assess how unions and other organizations are working to address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black workers. We will also analyze the ever-rising income inequality in the Bay Area and the resulting displacement of workers from San Francisco, Oakland, and other cities into nearby suburbs. You will learn about efforts to address the causes and reverse course, and how to support and engage them.

Topics include: Organizing 101; the Political Economy of the East Bay; Civic Engagement; Conducting a Power Analysis; Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform.
Learning outcomes:

  • Strengthen organizing skills to engage activists and mobilize
  • Understand the importance of civic engagement in our communities
  • Practice various techniques to improve leadership skills
  • Learn how to map your community and workplace to effectively target and mobilize
  • Understand why we need to educate ourselves and community to fight for social change and build power, one conversation at a time

Program schedule: We will meet on six Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm Pacific Time.

Intended audience: The Dellums School this year is designed to convene young emerging leaders in their 30s who are active in their unions and/or local community organizations. While we look to center the voices of young leaders, we welcome applicants of all ages who are interested in the mission of our program.

Selection process: The process includes an online application and an interview. Applicants will be notified if selected for a 30-minute phone interview by June 25. Please note that not all applicants will be selected for a phone interview.
Selection notification: Applicants will be notified if selected to join the school on or before July 1.

Unions – $1,000 for up to a team of 5 participants
CBOs – $500 for up to a team of 5 participants

Location: Zoom sessions

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

If you have any questions please contact Philip Allen at philip.allen.evo@gmail.com or Clementina Jara at zenaida@berkeley.edu.

2022 dates TBD


Philip Allen

C.L. Dellums Facilitator


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