Advocating for Protection for Students and Front Line Workers in the COVID-19 Economy

Working-Class Studies Association Secretary Colby King, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, published a an op-ed this past week in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal advocating for better protections for students and front line workers in the COVID-19 economy. Colleges and universities have taken on tremendous efforts to slow the spread of the virus by moving instruction online. To effectively slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve, though, we all need our communities to join in the efforts as well, he argues.

The op-ed is published on the Herald-Journal’s website here. An unedited draft of the letter which includes several embedded links to useful resources is available here: Upstate Covid Op-ed 6.

Are you supporting students and workers in your community? Please share your stories with WCSA! Tweet at us @wcstudies or e-mail us at wcstudies@gmail.com And, feel free to adapt this letter for your own advocacy as appropriate!

CfP from Radical Teacher: New Student Movements: Teaching Toward, About, and From Within. Due Dec. 1, 2019

Radical Teacher invites submissions about new student movements, how progressive educators are teaching about them or toward them; and how educators and students are operating within them. Papers due December 1, 2019.

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Debbie Warnock on “Creating Communities of Support for First Generation, Low Income, and Working Class Students,” as part of American International College’s Lectures and Forums Series, Oct. 22, 2019

Debbie Warnock, PhD, WCSA member at Bennington College, will present on “Creating Communities of Support for First Generation, Low Income, and Working Class Students,” as part of American International College’s Lectures and Forums Series. The series is coordinated in part by WCSA member, and Associate Professor of History at AIC, Gary Jones.

The event will be October 22, 2019 at 11am in AIC’s Campus Center Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

Working-Class and Female Students in STEM Discussed at PKAL

Working-Class Studies Association Steering Committee member Colby King, alongside colleague Dr. Laura Ramsey, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bridgewater State University, presented a Faculty Plenary “Exploring Class and Gender in STEM” at the 2018 Winter Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Meeting.

This session explored how gender and class shape students’ experiences in STEM fields and in particular, how the culture of STEM disciplines may be mismatched with the cultural expectations of women and working-class students, creating barriers to these students’ success and motivation in STEM. The session highlighted research, by each presenter and others, on gender and social class related to STEM education.

King and Co-Authors Publish on Supporting Working Class College Students in Teacher-Scholar

WCSA Steering Committee member Colby King, along with colleagues Jakari Griffith and Meghan Murphy, recently published an article in Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University describing outreach efforts in support of first-generation and working class college students at Bridgewater State University (BSU), a state comprehensive university where a majority of students come from first-generation or working class backgrounds. The article describes programming organized by Class Beyond the Classroom (CBtC), a faculty and staff group at BSU, in which CBtC members share their stories about going to college as a first-generation and/or working class college student. The article discusses how these events validate first-generation and working class students, encourage students’ sense of belonging, and supports the success of all students by fostering their development of social, cultural, and psychological forms of capital.

CfP: Student Poster Session at 2017 WCSA Conference

We invite proposals for the Student Research Poster Session at the Working Class Studies Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 3, 2017 at IU-Bloomington. The poster session will highlight undergraduate and graduate research in working class studies organized around the broad conference theme of “Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution.” The conference Call for Papers is available here.

The Working Class Studies Association annual conference is a meeting for diversely situated workers including academics and practitioners interested in the working class and class struggle. This student research poster session is intended to create a dynamic and supportive space which invites students to share their work, discuss research with conference attendees, and become more involved in working class studies.

Interested students should propose their poster through the online conference proposal submission system here and note in the comment section of their submission is for the student poster session. Submissions are welcome until February 1, 2017.