Welcome to the new cohort of MPS students in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights!

The Center for Global Workers’ Rights and School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University is proud to welcome the sixth cohort of Masters in Professional Studies (MPS) students in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights! The MPS program is designed for mid-career labor practitioners and worker organizers from all across the world.
Welcome to the new cohort of MPS students in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights!

MPS Students in Labor and Global Workers' Rights with Center Faculty on August 23, 2019

By Manuel Rosaldo

The Center for Global Workers’ Rights and School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University is proud to welcome the sixth cohort of Masters in Professional Studies (MPS) students in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights! The MPS program is designed for mid-career labor practitioners and worker organizers from across the world. Over the next two semesters, they complete coursework on a broad range of labor issues around the informal and formal economies, gender and race at work, corporate research and campaigns, international and comparative employment relations systems, and comparative organizing models. During the summer of 2020, students will have the opportunity to participate in an internship with a labor organization and to complete a capstone research project. The program is part of the Global Labor University, a network of universities in five countries (Brazil, India, Germany, South Africa, and the U.S.), along with global union federations, national unions, and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The new cohort consists of seven students who bring a wealth of experiences promoting labor rights across a range of geographic, industrial, and organizational contexts. The students hail from Peru, Nigeria, Cameroon, China, Sweden, and Bangladesh. In these countries, they worked on labor rights initiatives in diverse sectors including sanitation, nursing, textile manufacturing, journalism, mining, retail, and higher education. They worked on labor rights initiatives in a variety of types of organizations such as labor unions, global labor federations, labor rights NGOs, student movements, immigrant rights organizations, media foundations, government agencies, transnational development agencies, and the International Labor Organization. 

Welcome one and all to the CGWR family!

 

PICTURED ABOVE: 

Top row (from left): Catherine Bowman (Assistant Research Professor), Mary Bellman (Assistant Teaching Professor), Rebecca Tarlau (Assistant Professor), Mikael Ruukel (MPS Student, Sweden), Manuel Rosaldo (Postdoctoral Scholar)

Middle row (from left): Olayemi Timothy Adekeye (MPS Student, Nigeria), Katherine Maich (Assistant Professor), Sergio Saravia (MPS Student, Peru), Luis Mendoza (MPS Student, Peru), Paul Whitehead (Professor of Practice)

Bottom row (from left): Jinyoung Park (Postdoctoral Scholar), Jafar Iqbal (MPS Student), Kaye Liang (MPS Student, China), Eliana Fonsah (MPS Student, Cameroon), Mark Anner (Associate Professor)