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Wednesday, October 11 • 7:30am - 9:00am
Building Trust Between Labor and Design: Cal State LA Fashion Design Students collaborate with Los Angeles Garment Workers. (90 mins)

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The poster board will address a growing relationship between Fashion Fiber and Materials students and the Los Angeles Garment Worker Center. Presenting outcomes of two student centered community engaged projects:

1. CREATIVO: a monthly workshop held for garment workers at the Los Angeles Garment Workers Center. These workshops provide skills training for garment workers so they can advance within the garment industry. A senior student was selected to assist, develop and teach the workers. He worked with organizers to recruit garment worker for monthly meetings, , informing workers about the center, and its resources. The student developed an apron project, which allowed the GWC to provide a first aide kit, safety goggles, and other tools. This apron is used to activate conversations from worker to worker in the factory about the GWC and the services it provides.

2. A multi lingual picture dictionary, addressing workers’ rights and industry terms. This idea was implemented as a final project for ART 3110 Social Engagement for Fashion Fiber and Materials. The students began the process by meeting with the workers and brainstorming about what the workers would like for content, how it could be used, what the size should be, how it can best serve the workers. Students will produce 6 different versions of the dictionary and final presentations will be made by the end of each semester.

These projects were funded by the Center for engagement, service and the public good.


Carole Lung

Faculty, California State University, Los Angeles

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Colorado Ballrooms

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