WISE Workshop/Conference Series


What is the WISE@Wayne conference series all about?

The Labor Studies Center at Wayne State University has created the WISE (Workers in Solidarity & Education) conference series that is committed to the teaching and learning of workers through innovative and advanced labor education programs. Our WISE educational events focus on empowering workers by strengthening highly sought after skills including leadership, communication and strategic planning.  WISE@Wayne conferences will also provide the space for workers from various industries, occupations, experiences and backgrounds to connect through common struggles and identify effective strategies that build solidarity and power in their workplaces, unions and communities. 



February 2018 Conference:  "The Building Bridges Conference:  Connecting our Struggles and Identifying Strategies to Build Strength and Solidarity"









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Students at WISE Conference












































Advanced Workshops

One of a Few, Representing Many:  Collective Bargaining Immersion from Authorization Card to Zipper Clause (Course Code:  ORM)

The Young, the New and the Restless:  Empowerment Through Knowledge (Course Code: YNR)

Strategic Grievance Handling:  Building Workplace Power By Involving Workers in the Process (Course Code:  SGH)

Building Bridges:  Advancing Social Justice Unionism Through Labor History and Civil Rights Education (Course Code:  ASJ)

Sharing Our Experiences:  Build Solidarity and a Community of Workers Through Union Communication (Course Code: SOE)

Planting Seeds:  Creating Opportunities and Developing New Leaders (Course Code: PSC)

Crossing into Community:  Empower Workers Through Community and Civic Engagement (Course Code: EWC)

The Student Revolution:  Transitioning and Positioning the Learner to Educator (Course Code: TSR)