Labor Forward on September 21 featuring new faculty members

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at noon featuring new faculty members Dr. Ericka Wills and Dr. Lola Loustaunau

Join us for the next Labor Forward Forum to meet two new School for Workers faculty members. The forum is a free, online series held on the third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Each month, a School for Workers faculty member will interview advocates of the labor/worker movement to highlight their important work, celebrate their progress, and learn from their unique experiences. This event is free, but pre-registration is required to receive the webinar link.

About Dr. Ericka Wills

Ericka’s work focuses on building worker power, promoting union inclusivity, cross-border solidarity, and internal organizing for a variety of workers and their unions. As an educator and activist, Ericka implements a place-based approach to research, addressing the needs of workers in the context of their unique geographical locale, political climate, demographics, history, and employment sector. Her research, teaching, and activism looks outward to engage workers and local unions in larger national and international networks of labor and social movements. Ericka has a proven ability to create connections and change through her research and service. Before coming to School for Workers, she taught at the University of Colorado-Denver and the LATTC Labor Center, as well as with a variety of labor unions, including the United Steelworkers, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, United Mine Workers, National Education Association affiliates, state AFL-CIOs, and other worker organizations. We welcome Ericka to School for Workers and are looking forward to seeing more of her inspiring activism, teaching, and research through our department.

About Dr. Lola Loustaunau

Lola’s work focuses on job quality, collective organizing, and the extensive impacts of low-quality precarious work in the lives of low-wage workers, especially migrant workers. As an anti-racist, feminist labor scholar, Lola takes an intersectional approach to the study of work and relies primarily on qualitative and participatory methods for research. She has a proven commitment to researching with and for workers. Lola is from Argentina, and prior to coming to the United States she earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. Most recently, she has completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Oregon. We are looking forward to Lola bringing her passion for teaching and collaborative research to Wisconsin.