What We Do
Working people, unions, and the labor movement play an important role in improving the lives of working individuals and families in Los Angeles County. Today, it is ever important that we prepare students to understand the evolving nature of work and how workers, communities, and the Labor Movement respond to new challenges ushered in by the modern economy. DHLI is the first institute of its kind created to educate community college students about labor issues and history. We do this by working with LACCD faculty from all nine district colleges and providing them professional development, resources, and support to help them to be able to teach on these issues. As a result, many of the students attending the nine campuses of LACCD have opportunities to learn about the political, social, and cultural impact of work; the public and private policies that govern employment; the practice of democracy in the workplace and society, and the significance of the labor movement. Through our work with faculty, LACCD students will leave the LACCD colleges informed and better prepared to engage in their future as workers and professionals.