Join us for a one of a kind series of online organizing trainings designed to empower academic workers to win change on campus! Each training will be led by both an AFT staff organizer, and a member activist, giving you the opportunity to learn from people who are actively engaged in this work.

Trainings are open to all members of AFT Academics. Join today to register! Already a member? Fill out the registration form below.

The Organizing Conversation

Organizing conversations are the fundamental building block of any successful organizing effort. We’ll cover the tried-and-true structured conversation model used by unions everywhere.

7/24 at 4pm (EST)

Tough Organizing Conversations

For this more advanced organizing conversation training, we will cover how to handle more difficult conversations, how to have follow up organizing conversations that develop new activists, and how to train those people to have effective organizing conversations of their own.

6/26 at 1pm (EST)

Union Organizing 101

This will be a topics-in-organizing style training on things like building your organizing committee, holding productive meetings, doing turn out for events, tracking your organizing data, and more.

7/16 at 6pm (EST)

Making a Plan to Win: Building Strong Issue Campaigns

Winning change on campus takes careful planning. We will go over how to pick an issue to organize around, making your issue campaign serves your broader organizing goals, choosing your tactics, and planning your escalation path.

7/31 at 1pm (EST)

Smash That Like Button: Social Media in Your Campaigns

Social media is a powerful supplement to other organizing tools we’ll cover over the course of this series. This training will go over some basics, and then get into ways to use social media to find supporters, creative ways to engage your followers, and how to plug into the broader academic labor movement online.

8/14 at 1pm (EST)

Researching to Win: Utilizing Strategic Research at your workplace

Research is vital to understanding the context of your organizing effort, and the power dynamics at play. This training will look at resources for finding and understanding your institution’s finances, and other recommended research topics and best practices.

8/21 at 1pm (EST)

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