March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
Thursday, March 7 • 4:00pm - 5:10pm
Workers are Parents Too! Parent Engagement with Low-wage Workers, their Children and First-Generation Students

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In the U.S today, over 6 million low-wage workers are parents with children under the age of 18. Over half of these low-wage worker parents are women and many are single mothers. People of color, African Americans, Latinos, and immigrant workers are overrepresented in nearly all low-wage sector jobs like domestic work, janitorial, child care, and garment production. Much of the research available on low-wage parents’ ability to engage in their children’s education has focused on inequitable workplace conditions (unpredictable schedules, wage theft, lack of workplace flexibility) and public policies that fail to support working mothers and fathers. Little public debate or community-based research, however, has positioned parent workers and their unions or workers centers from a vantage point of strength and as a resource to support working families in navigating the educational system for their public school learners. This workshop will highlight 3 parent-worker models and share how a first-generation service-learning mentorship project connected university students with low-wage families and their worker organizations. We intend to engage the audience in a dialogue focused on learner and parent-worker assets and success as well as program opportunities for educators. We will also view a newly released short video on the projects.

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Marisol Granillo Arce

Parent Engagement Coordinator, UCLA Labor Center
Marisol Granillo Arce graduated in June 2018 with her Master in Social Welfare from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and started a Master in Public Health in Community Health Sciences in September 2018 at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She migrated to the U.S. with her... Read More →
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Aida Cardenas

Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership, SEIU USWW
As executive director of Building Skills Partnership (BSP), Aida Cardenas leads a unique training collaboration between the janitors’ union (Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West or SEIU-USWW), responsible businesses, and the community to advance the... Read More →

Claudia Palacios

Parent Engagement Coordinator, Idespca-Mujeres en Accion
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Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, University of California, Los Angeles

Project Director, UCLA Labor Center
anna Shadduck-Hernández, Ed.D. is a Project Director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. She teaches in UCLA’s Labor and Workplace Studies Minor and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Shadduck-Hernández’s research and teaching have focused... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm
KIPJ 220

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