Regina Polk Women's Labor School NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Are you a union member?

Are you looking to gain more skills? 

Apply to the Regina V Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference, October 16-20, 2019 in Grafton, Illinois

The annual Regina Polk Women's Leadership Conference will take place from October 16-20 at Pere Marquete Lodge in southern Illinois.

The online application is now available at

Please help us spread the word and encourage potential participants to apply today.  Space is limited and applications are due by August 25.  The cost of the school is $675 inclusive, and scholarships are available.

The Regina V. Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference is a multi-day participatory conference run by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Labor Education Program for working women that creates an open & invigorating space for rank and file women union activists & community leaders to learn from skilled instructors and one another.  

The goal of the program is to learn the nuts and bolts of contract enforcement while also developing leadership skills. The curriculum is developed for women who are just beginning their training as well as those with more experience. This mix allows us to learn from one another.  Courses are taught by university labor educators, experienced labor lawyers, staff of unions and worker organizations, and former Polk students.

The Polk school is open to significantly female identified people. We use an inclusive definitionof "woman" and "female" and welcome transwomen, gender queer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female identified. 

Learn more at