Abel Valenzuela | Professor & Director, Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, UC Los Angeles
Nik Theodore, Ph.D. | Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Steven Pitts, Ph.D. | Labor Policy Specialist, Center for Labor Research and Education, Insitute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley
Edwin Melendez, Ph.D. | Professor, Hunter College, City University New York
Broad overview of the state of worker centers, their emergence as a vehicle for organizing, their limitations, challenges, and opportunities, including a comparative analysis of worker centers to other organizing models, the constraints and challenges worker centers face in advocating for African Americans and facilitating black and brown unity among low wage workers, and new trends and possible outcomes in workforce development and worker centers, and more generally, low wage workers and workforce development.