Faculty Professional Development
We provide LACCD
faculty with professional development opportunities in labor education that
lead to them developing labor education resources. This is specifically done by
identifying, recruiting, and assisting LACCD faculty to engage in the research,
writing, and dissemination of labor-themed instructional materials that faculty
across the District may incorporate and integrate into their curriculum. In
addition to faculty professional development, this project also aims to create
and strengthen collaboration among LACCD faculty, university-level scholars,
and labor and community organization practitioners while adhering to DHLI’s mission of promoting labor
education across LACCD.
Voices and Images Events
We bring academic and labor leaders and experts in the field together
with community college students, faculty, and staff through lectures,
film series, workshops, speaker panels, debates, and other types of
events. We sponsor events and provide resources for organizing events
on campus such as:
- Acquiring and suggesting speakers for specific events and topics
- Collaborating with faculty and/or students to organize labor education events for their campus community.
- 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 for events
- Logistical support - assistance coordinating events, including consultation and checklist
Labor Role-Plays and Simulations
We run educational role-plays and simulations where students actively learn about collective bargaining, union elections, and strikes. We provide all materials and guest coaches. DHLI currently runs three simulations and is working to develop more. The three we currently have take place over two 1.5 hour class periods.
- Collective bargaining
- students take on roles of union and management negotiators in a union
- NLRB election - students
role-play workers, management, and union organizers at a town hall meeting
where they present and hear arguments about the pros and cons of joining a union
and then vote on whether or not to be represented by a union.
- 1934 Longshore Strike -
students play the role of the different labor and community interest groups in
the 1934 Longshore Workers’ Strike in San Francisco. They must decide on
whether or not to support the strike as a community.
We assist faculty to develop CSU and UC transferable classes on labor
topics. Courses include History of Labor, Sociology of Labor, Labor
Literature, Philosophy of Labor, and others. We also get faculty
resources so they can contextualize existing courses (such as English
101) and/or teach units about working people, work issues and labor in
their current courses.