has been Director of the Center since August 2016. Her PhD and MA in Sociology are from UIC. Jessica has more than 10 years experience organizing with unions, first as a staff organizer in the UNITE HERE international from 2006-2009, and then for 7 years as a leader and steward with the UIC Graduate Employees's Organization (IFT-AFT Local 6297) while working as a graduate instructor in Sociology. She has also worked with multiple Chicago based worker centers over the past 8 years. She began her work with the center as the Lead Instructor in January 2016 and directed the 2016 Regina V. Polk Summer High School Summer Internship program.
is Associate Director of the Center, and has taught our first year students for the past 30 years. Bob has spent 35 years as a union negotiator, organizer and editor for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, (IFT), the Cook County College Teachers Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He holds a Master's Degree from Roosevelt University.
Our Advisory Committee is comprised of former students and labor leaders who support the Center's programming. Below are the current members: