Mission & Vision
New Brookwood Labor College strives to address racial, economic, and social imbalances of power by educating workers into their class. We are creating an inclusive labor movement that uses the power of organization not merely to lift individual workers or worksites, but to create a more just world.
Like the original Brookwood, New Brookwood Labor College is intentionally not accredited–we offer neither grades nor diplomas. We seek students who are interested in engaging in critical thinking and debate to advance not themselves but the entire working class and who want to create an inclusive and radical labor movement. New Brookwood curriculum is rigorous, expectations are high, and work produced in the College will advance both the immediate needs and long- term goals of the labor movement.
Founded in 1921, Brookwood Labor College was considered the Harvard of organized labor. Brookwood saw the labor movement as an instrument for workers to achieve higher wages and better working conditions with the ultimate goal of a new social order free from exploitation and a good life for all. Unique for its time, the Brookwood faculty and student body were both co-educational and multi-racial. Between 1921 and 1937 Brookwood educated more than 600 students who went on to lead the largest organizing campaigns in U.S. history. Hear more about the original labor college.
Like the original Brookwood, New Brookwood Labor College is education for workers who want to advance the working class. With classes like Working Class History, People's Leadership, Campaign and Organizing Strategies, and Economics As If Workers Mattered, New Brookwood is changing how we think about education by educating workers into–not out of–the working class. Join us to change the world!