2020 Polk School Information

Polk 2020 is CANCELLED May 13-17


After careful consideration we have decided to cancel the scheduled Polk Conference for this May. The University of Illinois, which coordinates this conference, has established guidelines for dealing with the Coronavirus that include cancelling in-person education this Spring. In order to prioritize the health and safety of our community we are following this guideline, and cancelling Polk for this May.

We will keep all applications for the May conference, and they will receive top priority consideration the next time we are able to hold Polk.

One thing that has been made clear over the past few weeks is how essential the work is that our Polk applicants and alumni do every day. Polk sisters are health care workers and transportation workers. You are educators and work in social and safety services. You move our mail. You are trades workers that build our communities and manufacturing workers who make the products we use every day. You are service workers that keep our buildings clean and keep our families fed.

Thank you for the work you do and for your efforts to build a more just and fair world for working people.

Download 2020 Polk Brochure Here: 2020-Polk Brochure

Download 2020 Polk Application Here: Polk Application-2020

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 your skills as a leader. 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.

During the four days, you will learn from over 30 women workers from Illinois and the Midwest representing all kinds of jobs. Courses are taught by university labor educators, experienced labor lawyers, staff of unions and worker organizations, and former Polk students.

By the end of the training, you will join the ranks of over 500 women workers who have attended The Polk School before you and have gone on to elected union leadership, union staff positions, returned to school, and so much more.