Our Initiatives


Academic Advancement Initiative

We assist faculty to develop CSU and UC transferable classes on labor topics.  Courses include History of Labor, Sociology of Labor, and Labor Literature and others.  We also provide and connect faculty to resources so they can contextualize existing courses (such as English 101) and/or teach small units about working people, work issues and labor in their current courses.

Some of our resources include:

  • labor studies instructional modules and publications
  • workshops on specific labor topics
  • faculty retreats
  • collective bargaining and NLRB election simulations and role-plays 
  • resources provided by our educational partners such as the Luisa Moreno Labor Studies Collection at the Southern California Library.

Labor Students Educating Peers (L-StEP) Initiative

DHLI collaborates with faculty to integrate L-StEP projects into their classes.  In L-StEP projects, using DHLI-provided guidelines and resources, faculty work with their students to organize labor educational events for their campus community.  These events promote the importance of labor education and teach students about the power of civic engagement and provide an avenue to do this.

 Types of L-StEP events include speaker events, public debates, panels, labor history educational exercises, and film screenings with discussions.

Voices and Images Initiative

We bring academic and labor leaders and experts in the field together with community college students, faculty, and staff through lectures, film series, campus workshops and special events.  We sponsor speaker and film series and provide resources for organizing events on campus:  

  • Acquiring and suggesting speakers for specific events and topics
  • Partnerships with other organizations to bring workshops and training on specific topics and issues to your campus
  • Educational tools - readings and instructional materials for use in the classroom with these events
  • Logistical support - assistance coordinating events, including consultation and checklist