2019 Summer Schools
Western Summer Institute on Union Women
- Theme: "Equity. Justice. Reconcili-action: Building worker power through Intersectional feminism and activism,"
- Dates: July 2-7
- Location: Orchard Commons at University of British Columbia, Vancouver
- Host: BC Federation of Labor
- Check out the Western Institute's active Facebook page
Midwest School for Women Workers –
- Dates: July 23-27
- Location: University of Iowa
- Take a look at photos from the Midwest School on their Facebook page
Northeast School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations
- Theme: Never fear! The women are here!
- Dates: July 27-31
- Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (Long Island)
- Hosts: Hofstra and CUNY
- You can see more about the Northeast Summer Schol on their Facebook page.
Southern Women Worker Summer School
- Theme: Agitate! Educate! Organize!
- Dates: August 1-4
- Location: Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN
- Hosts: Highlander Center
Other 2019 Women's Summer Schools
The schools listed below were not sponsored by UALE. However, they have similar goals and methods, and are include UALE members among their organizers and teachers.
Regina V. Polk Women's Leadership Conference
- Dates: October 16-20
- Location: Pere Marquete Lodge in southern Illinois.
Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)
- Dates: June 21-23
- Location: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
- See photos from the WILD Summer Institute on their Facebook page.
2018 Summer Schools
The 2018 Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women took place at Sonoma State University from July 10 - 14, 2018. It was hosted by the UC Berkeley Labor Center.
The 2018 Midwest School for Women Workers was held June 25-28, 2018 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The theme for the school was "Renewing our Movement, Restoring our Democracy".
The 2018 Northeast School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations took place at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY from Saturday, July 21st through Wednesday, July 25th, 2018. The school was conducted bilingually in English and in Spanish.
The 2018 Southern Women Worker Summer School was held August 2-5, 2018 at Highlander Center, New Market TN.
2017 Summer Schools
Photos from the Northeastern and Western 2017 Women's Schools can be seen in our Galleries here.
Over 200 women, from 5 states and 1 Canadian province, attended the 2017 Western Summer Institute for Union Women June 28 -July 1 at Ala Moana Hotel, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The theme was "Continuing the Legacy: Responding with Direction, Unity and Strength".
A highlight of the institute was a march and rally in support of UPW (United Public Workers), a chapter of AFSCME. See video of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofFSeMLRjA0&feature=youtu.be
The 2017 Midwest School for Women Workers was held from July 16 -20, 2017 at the University of Wisconson, Madison School for Workers. The theme was "Women Rising". Download brochure here: 2017 Midwest School for Women Workers
The 2017 Northeast School took place at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA, from Saturday, July 22nd through Wednesday, July 26th. The school was conducted bilingually in English and in Spanish.
Download brochures in English and Spanish here:
The 2017 Southern Women Worker Summer School was at Highlander Center, Newmarket, TN, from July 20 - July 23. The theme was "Building Worker Power in the South!".
2016 UALE Women's Summer Schools
UALE held 3 Women's Summer Schools in 2016. The Southern school was cancelled due to low enrollment. Photos from Midwest and Northeast Women's Summer Schools can be seen in our Galleries here.
2015 Summer Schools
The 2015 Western Regional Institute for Union Women took place on the Reed College campus in Portland, OR, from June 23-27. The Coordinator was Barbara Byrd, University of Oregon LERC. Download brochure here: pdf 2015 Western SIUW brochure (1.46 MB)
The 2015 Midwest School for Women Workers was held from Sunday July 19 through Thursday July 23, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The school was hosted by the DePaul University Labor Education Center, and was coordinated by Nora Kelley.
The 40th Northeast Summer School for Union Women took place at Penn State University, University Park Campus, from Sunday, July 26 - Thursday, July 30. Co-coordinators were: Mary Bellman and Amy Dietz, The Labor School at Penn State, 814-865-5425 or ; and Carla Insinga, AFSCME Council 13
Download brochure here: pdf 2015 Northeast Womens Summer School Brochure (791 KB)
The 2015 Southern School for Working Women, was cancelled
2014 Summer Schools
The 2014 Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women was held at Queens College (Queens, NY) from Saturday, July 26 to Thursday, July 31, 2014. Lillian Clayman coordinated the school with assistance from Kitty Krupat. Download brochure here: pdf 2014 Northeast WS brochure (823 KB)
The 2014 Midwest School for Women Workers: "Growing our Power: Learning! Inspiring! Transforming!" was held on the campus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from Sunday, June 22 - Thursday, June 26, 2014 . Emily Labarbera-Twarog and Monica Bielski Boris were the coordinators. Download brochure here: pdf 2014 Midwest brochure (344 KB)
The MSWW also has a Facebook page. Please "like" it and share it!
The 2014 Southern School for Union Women took place at the Highlander Center in New Market, Tennessee August 14-17, 2014. The theme was "Building Worker Power in the South." Susan Williams coordinated the school. Download the flyer here: pdf 2014 Southern WS flyer (645 KB)
The 2014 Western Summer Institute for Union Women was held at the University of Victoria, Victoria (Vancouver Island), BC, Canada, July 8-13. It was hosted by the BC Federation of Labour. For more information, contact coordinator Kassandra Cordero.
2013 Summer Schools
Some photos of the 2013 Summer Schools can be seen in the photo Galleries.
The Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women, entitled:"Women Emerging as Leaders" already took place, at the University of Washington in Seattle, from June 25 - 30, 2013. This was the first time ever that the Institute took place in Seattle, and it was a huge success.
Here is what one participant has to say:
"The first Summer Institute for Union Women held in Seattle in June, 2013 brought together more than 160 women from six states and three countries. We experienced tremendous empowerment and solidarity across many differences - of age, race, union, and many life and labor experiences. Participants spent the week learning new skills, making new friends, and gaining new understanding of current issues facing women and labor. By the end of the Institute, we understood how our work is connected and that we can make change happen.”
– Justine Winnie, President, Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders
The 2013 Northeast Regional Women's School took place at Cornell University in Ithaca. See "Women's School 2013" Gallery for photos. More info coming.
The Midwest and Southern schools were merged this year, and held their combined school August 15-18, in Little Rock, AR at the Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock. Photos and more info will be posted soon.
2012 Summer Schools
Photos of the 2012 Summer Schools can be seen in the photo Galleries. See links on right side of page.
The 2012 Northeast Regional Women's School took place at UMass Amherst, from Saturday, July 28 through Thursday, Aug. 2. Coordinators were Dale Melcher, Anneta Argyres, Kim Wilson and Susan Winning all from the UMass Labor Extension Program. Kathy Casavant, of the AFL-CIO, was to be the union coordinator, but was called away at the last minute by her job. She was greatly missed.
The school this year highlighted the 100th anniversary of the 1912 "Bread and Roses" strike of textile workers in Lawrence, MA, with a video and a special addition to our Labor History night.
The UC Berkeley Labor Center hosted the 31st Annual Western Regional Summer Instituteon Union Women 2012 (SIUW), from July 23-27, 2012 at Sonoma State University. It was a week to honor, strengthen, and support women in the labor movement. The theme was "Campaign School for a New Generation."
The 2012 Midwest School for Women Workers took place Wednesday, July 25 – Sunday, July 29 at The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Fifty women, from six states and 15 unions attended. Coordinator: Jennifer Sherer
Here is the schedule of classes and other activities: pdf 2012 Midwest School schedule (1.23 MB)
The Institute for Labor Studies and Research at West Virginia University hosted the 2012 Southern School for Union Women August 7-11 in Charleston, WV.
Watch the 2012 Southern School on YouTube.
2011 Summer Schools
The Northeast Regional Women's School was hosted by the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, the State Univ. of NJ. Dates:July 17 (Sunday) - July 22 (Friday), 2011. Coordinators were Donna Schulman and Tracy Chang, with assistance from Laura Walkoviak, all from Rutgers, and Karen Bellamy Lewis, IFPTE.
The Northeast Regional Women's School provides a number of mostly partial scholarships each year. In addition, this year the Berger-Marks Foundation sponsored FOUR FULL scholarships targeted at young union women. The Berger-Marks scholarships included travel money as well.
The 2011 Midwest School for Women Workers took place at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, July 28-31. The Coordinator was Gayle Hamilton, Wayne State U.
The 2011 Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women was held June 16-20 at the University of Hawaii. Adrienne Valdez was the Coordinator.
2010 Summer Schools
This year, the Berger-Marks Foundation sponsored 4 young women to come to the Summer Schools–one to each school. Read the story here.
The Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women took place July 6-10, 2010, at Reed College in Portland, OR. Helen Moss was the Coordinator
The Northeast Regional Women's School was at Penn State University in State College, PA, during the last week of July, 2010. Coordinators were Cheryl Reynolds, Julie Sadler and Amy Dietz. For newly revised and updated version of Donna Schulman's exhaustive bibliography/filmography for union women, click pdf here (900 KB) .
The Midwest School for Women Workers was hosted by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service in Minneapolis, from July 28-August 1. The Coordinators were Mary Bellman and Deborah Rosenstein. A complete report with some very nice pictures has been posted at the Workday Minnesota website.
The 2010 Southern School for Union Women was held at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD, from Aug 19 -22.Coordinators were Elise Bryant or Barbara Miller.
2009 Summer Schools
The Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women took place August 11 - 15, 2009, at UCLA DeNeve Plaza. Coordinator: Lanita Morris.
To see a report on the Western Regional Women's Summer Institute, click pdf here (27 KB) .
Last, but not least, visit YouTube to see the video created in one of their workshops:
"So many people get mad at what happens on their jobs. They curse out their boss, curse out their unions. But these 15 women --from Canada and the USA-- decided to get active in their unions. Why? Listen to their Aha moments. ..."
88 women students attended the combined Southern & Midwest School for Union Women at the Scarrit Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, August 27- 30. 18 faculty members, from universities, unions and other organizations, taught the classes. Download the report document here (22 KB) .
2008 Summer Schools
The Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women was held at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island,BC, July 9-13. To download the brochure, click pdf here (1.18 MB) .
The Midwest and Southern Regions held a combined Women's School at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, from July 10-13. For brochure, click pdf here .
The Northeast Women's School took place at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, CT, August 3-8. For brochure, click pdf here .