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Community classes

Community classes come to you online or throughout Wisconsin, in partnership with community groups and organizations, to reflect the area’s needs. These programs are open to all who wish to study the course topic.

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Labor Forward

A live stream interview series

Join us on the third Wednesday of every month at noon for the Labor Forward Forum. At the forum, School for Workers faculty interview advocates of the labor/worker movement to highlight their important work, celebrate their progress, and learn from their unique experiences. The forum is a free, online series. Pre-registration is required to receive the webinar link.

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Join us for the 22-23 series!

  • Sep 21 | Featuring new faculty members Ericka Wills and Lola Loustaunau
  • Oct 19 | Featuring Worker Justice Wisconsin
  • Nov 16 | Featuring Phil Smith, United Mine Workers of America Chief of Staff
  • Jan 18 | Featuring Frank Emspak, School for Workers emeritus faculty
  • Feb 15 | Featuring Jaz Brisack, Starbucks illegally terminated union leader
  • Mar 15 | Featuring Professor Paula Varela with the University of Buenos Aires
  • Apr 19 | Featuring Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera
  • May 17 | Featuring Peter Rickman, Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers (MASH) President

While registration and payment for a community class are most often through School for Workers, some sponsors have other preferred processes. Please refer to the class description for information on how to register for the class of your choice.

University of Wisconsin–Madison provides equal opportunities in programming. If you need an interpreter or have a disability and require accommodations, please make your request at registration. You may also make this request by contacting the School for Workers office at or 608-262-2112. Requests are confidential.

Providing access to high-quality labor education to advance worker empowerment and facilitate workplace improvements.