2019 Summer Schools

The 2019 UALE Women's Summer Schools will be starting up very soon. See below for relevant information on locations, dates and how to apply.

Visit the new UALE Women's Summer schools Registration website here.

Download a flyer for all 4 2019 UALE Women's Summer Schools: pdf 2019 UALE womens summer schools
(376 KB)

Western Midwest Northeastern Southern
Other (not UALE)

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
  • Coordinator: Kassandra Cordero
  • Register online here

More information is available on the BC federation website at https://conference.bcfed.ca/siuw2019/

 Midwest School for Women Workers

Northeast School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations

Southern Women Worker Summer School

  • Theme: Agitate! Educate! Organize!
  • Dates: August 1-4
  • Location: Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN
  • Hosts: Highlander Center
  • Coordinator: Susan Williams
  • Flyer: pdf 2019 Southern WSS flyer (126 KB)
  • Register online here  Registration deadline is July 6


 More information about the 2019 UALE Women's Summer Schools will be posted on this page as it becomes available.


Other 2019 Women's Summer Schools

The schools listed below are 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 The Regina V. Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference is a multi-day participatory conference run by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Labor Education Program for working women that creates an open & invigorating space for rank and file women union activists & community leaders to learn from skilled instructors and one another. 

The goal of the program is to learn the nuts and bolts of contract enforcement while also developing leadership skills. The curriculum is developed for women who are just beginning their training as well as those with more experience. This mix allows us to learn from one another.  Courses are taught by university labor educators, experienced labor lawyers, staff of unions and worker organizations, and former Polk students.

Dates:  October 16-20
Location: Pere Marquete Lodge in southern Illinois.
Coordinator: Stephanie Fortado
Learn more at reginapolkschool.org
Apply online here

Applications are due by August 25.


Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) WILD is an independent not-for-profit organization that hosts weekend-long summer institutes for women in unions and community organizations that deal with worker issues. It is mainly directed at Massachusetts women, but is open to women fro elsewhere. It will be holding its 33nd Summer Institute this summer. WILD is a tri-lingual program, with workshops in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and simultaneous interpretation for plenary sessions.


For reports on past schools, see the Past Schools tab. For photos from each of them, see Gallerie