50th Anniversary Celebration of the Labor School

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm-Greektown Casino Hotel

Labor education has a long history at Wayne State University!

The Labor School was established in 1966 and emerged as a one or two- year, non-credit labor education certificate program focusing on a combination of liberal arts and labor relations courses.  The courses provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to improve their leadership capabilities to strengthen their workplaces, organizations and communities.  All courses focus on the needs and interests of workers. Since its founding, the Labor School has graduated over 4,000 union and community activists, many of whom have gone on to be leaders and staff in their organizations. 

50th Anniversary Event Sponsors



 Dr. Marick Masters, Director and Gayle Hamilton, Associate Director receive the Spirit of Detroit Award
from City Council President and Labor School Alumni, Brenda Jones.

Labor School Alumni


Ed Scriber, Class of 1967and Former Instructor, receives a Labor Education Leadership Award
from Gayle Hamilton and Sister Brenda Moon.


Shalaya Bryant, Class of 2013, WSU Rising Star Awardee


Nia Winston, Class of 2005, WSU Rising Star Awardee


Alicia Dennis, Class of 2012, WSU Education Warrier Awardee


Tammy Van Riper, Class of 2013, WSU Education Warrier Awardee


Fred Westbrook, Class of 2004, WSU Education Warrier Awardee


On behalf of Ethal Schwartz, Joy Vovino (daughter) and Dave Elsila, Ethel Schwartz Labor Education Scholarship


Dennis Albers and Michael Graves, Instructors with Labor School


Gary Pollard, Chair, WSU Board of Governors and
Dr. Jorge Chinea, WSU Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies









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