Ensuring Worker Coop Success Through Experiential Education

Host/Sponsor: 
The Community and Economic Development Clinic at CUNY School of Law
Room: 
1.115
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
Abstract: 
The third panel of our three-panel interrlated series will highlight the creation of a worker coop certificate program for community colleges across the US that 1Worker 1 Vote, Designing the We, Medgar Evers College and The Community and Economic Development Clinic at CUNY School of Law are designing in consultation with one of Mondragon's most successful incubators of worker coops, Saiolan. The curriculum is experiential and will immerse students in current and future union coop initiatives in their local community.
Panel Track: 
Worker Coops and Union Coops as Tools to Resist, Build, Transform and Liberate
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Missy
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Risser
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Co-founder, 1 Worker 1 Vote
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Missy is a cofounder of 1 Worker 1 Vote, where she helps support the creation of unionized worker cooperatives in the United States. Missy is also a staff attorney in the Equitable Neighborhoods and Capacity-Building practices at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, where she supports community-based groups, nonprofits, coalitions, and worker cooperatives through transactional legal assistance, public education, and policy development. Missy has also been an adjunct professor and legal fellow at CUNY Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), where she taught and supervised students, and provided legal support for community-based nonprofits and worker cooperatives, focusing on union cooperatives. Missy obtained her J.D. from CUNY School of Law; her M.Ed in Urban Education from Temple University; and her B.A. from Vassar College. Before becoming a lawyer, Missy was a community-based adult literacy and ESOL educator.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Carmen
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Huertas-Noble
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Professor of Law and Director of CUNY Law School's Community and Economic Development Clinic
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Carmen Huertas-Noble, Associate Professor of Law, is the Director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) at CUNY Law School. CEDC has played a leading role in providing legal support to worker owned cooperatives, including a number of leading NYC organizations that create and/or support worker-owned coops. Currently, CEDC and 1 Worker 1 Vote are developing a cooperative development curriculum based on the Mondragon model.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Isabel
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Uribe
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Mentor on Entrepreneurship and Project Manager at Saiolan *indicates facilitators
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Isabel Uribe has spent most of her professional life working as a Mentor onEntrepreneurship and as Project Manager at Saiolan, Centre for Entrepreneurshipand Innovation of Mondragon. Saiolan contributes to and collaborates withMondragon Corporation in the achievement of one of its Basic Principles, SocialTransformation, with the commitment of Reinvestment of Results and Creation ofEmployment, preferably of a co-operative nature. Since 2001, she began toperform various internships in Mondragon, with the objective of learning atfirst hand from the “Mondragon Experience” - in particular, from its models forthe generation of wealth for society through business development and jobcreation. From 2001 to 2008 she completed various internships at Saiolan, andfrom 2009 to 2016 she joined its staff. In Saiolan, she mainly participated inprojects related to the research and development of entrepreneurship and thepromotion of the entrepreneurial competence (skill), the international transferof the Saiolan Model for the Creation and Development of New Business, and thesearch and establishment, at an international level, of networks and alliancesof collaboration with companies, research centers, incubators, universities,governments and other organizations in order to provide business ideas andcutting-edge technologies.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Sandi
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Vito
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Executive Director, 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Fund (TEF)
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Sandi is the the Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF). TEF provides training, job placement and quality improvement programs to over 700 healthcare employers and 250,000 workers in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, DC and Florida. Ms. Vito joined TEF in 2011 as the Director of the 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) and the 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund (GNY). Jointly governed by labor and management, these organizations provide front-line healthcare workers with an array of education and training benefits, including foundational skills and healthcare-related certificates and degrees. During her tenure as Director of TUF, Ms. Vito oversaw the realignment of programs and expedited new ones, including the development of Care Management and Care Coordination programs and Bachelor of Science in Nursing initiatives. Prior to joining TEF, Ms. Vito served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, where she oversaw unemployment compensation, labor law, workers’ compensation and workforce development programs. From 2003 to 2008, she served as the department’s Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development and led the Governor’s Industry Partnership initiative to align education and training to serve the needs of growing economic sectors. She also served on the 2008 Presidential Transition Team for the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Vito holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Richard Stockton College, has studied Urban Studies and Community and Regional Planning at Temple University, and is currently taking courses in Labor Studies at the City University of New York.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
April
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
De Simone
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Co-founder of designing the WE
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
April De Simone is a social impact designer and strategist with over 15 years of experience launching initiatives and ventures centered on systemically addressing complex social challenges.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Roger
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Green
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Biography: 
Roger Green is the Executive Director of the DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy and a Distinguished Lecturer at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. He was elected to the New York State Assembly and took office in 1981. During his tenure in public office, Roger distinguished himself as an architect of laws, policies and institutions that defined his commitment to civil and human rights within New York State, the nation, and the world community.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Carmen
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Huertas-Noble
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Professor of Law and Director of CUNY Law School's Community and Economic Development Clinic

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