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Labor Education Center

Labor Education Center

The Labor Education Center serves as a bridge between the university, the labor movement, and the local community.  We create internships for students and offer programming on campus focused on social change for justice and organizing. Our external training is available to unions and labor councils in our region. This includes training for officers, members and stewards through a statewide Labor Extension Program. 


UMass Dartmouth Labor History Mural

(near the corner of Sixth & Spring Streets in New Bedford, MA)

Lisa Jochim speaks to students in a classroom
Annual Summer Solidarity with the UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center

A summer project that offers ways to give students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to community efforts and expand students’ skills at community change.

Working voices continue to resonate on the “South Coast Working” podcast.

From the construction trades to nursing home workers

Areas of concentration:

  • Creating internships for undergraduates in labor history and labor/community organizing
  • Building member engagement and workplace action in the public sector
  • Building labor community coalitions, with experience in transit justice, economic development, immigrant rights, and leadership development with women
  • Creating campaign development and direct action led by veteran anti-poverty community organizer
  • Using labor history and oral histories as a tool for organizing
  • Leading labor cultural projects, including worker photography, theater and labor history
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