The Center for Labor & Community Studies' primary programming is the six flagship conferences that we hold each year. We also hold intermittent symposiums and short courses. Find the dates and descriptions for our upcoming programs below.

With workshops for everyone, this Institute celebrates Latino culture and the immigrant experience. It offers workshops ranging from Latina/o Cultural Immersion and Latino History to What is Organizing, Workplace Safety, and multiple courses on different facets of leadership.  Learn more here.

Thursday nights from September 28 - November 2, 2023

This course by Health & Safety Expert B.M Folks will deep-dive int Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) within unions. It will start with EHS history and how unions helped to shape OSHA and present day, then continue into the specifics of EHS rights afforded to common workers, EHS advocacy, and EHS within collective bargaining agreements.  Learn more here.

November 16-18, 2023

Aimed at both formal and informal leaders, Fall Leadership offers basic and advanced workshops that help participants be effective change leaders in their workplace, union, and community.  Learn more here.

February 8-10, 2024

Currently the largest of our conferences, this Thursday-Sunday event allows workers of all backgrounds to build their skills through workshops taught by African-American men of all ages. The conference offers over a dozen different courses, ranging from Basic Unionism, to Diversity and Civil Rights, to Grievance Handing, to Financial Planning.  The conference also has a special Saturday Youth program. Learn more here.

Organized and taught by women workers, this is the oldest continuing conference of its kind in the U.S. Yes, men also attend and are encouraged to do so! Workshops range from Women's Rights & History to Union Administration, Understanding FMLA & FLSA, and training for union representatives and leaders.  Learn more here.

This institute focuses particularly on introducing unionism to new workers. To attended, however, you need only be young in spirit! Past courses have included courses on social media as a tool for advocacy, Contract Language & Negotiations, Financial Goals 101, From the Bread Box to the Ballot Box, and courses both on leadership and understanding the fundamentals of workers' rights.  Learn more here.

October 2024 (specific dates TBD)

Our newest conference, Workers Pride, welcomes everyone while drawing instructors, facilitators, and coordinators from the LGBTQ+ community. This conference is for those both within and outside the LGBTQIA+ community -- in fact, our workshops include an LGBTQ+ 101 workshop for allies looking to learn! Past courses have included Legal Rights, What to Do if Threatened for Supporting LGBTQ+ Awareness, Organizing 101, and Health & Family Issues.  Learn more here.