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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alison Dickson


Labor Education Program (Chicago)
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815 W. Van Buren, Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60607


MUPP, Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
BA, International Affairs and Economic Development, 2002


Dickson joined the Labor Education Program in January 2011 and works as an Instructor and Researcher in the Project for Middle Class Renewal. In this capacity, she directs and teaches for the Worker Rights Project, a new LEP initiative that provides bilingual (Spanish-English) workers’ rights training for immigrant and other low-wage workers. In addition to her teaching, she conducts applied and scholarly research that focuses on workers, workplaces, and economic devolvement.

Prior to joining LEP, Dickson worked at the UIC Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) where she contributed to the landmark 2008 study of low-wage workers, industries and occupations in America’s three largest cities. Before her time at CUED, she worked for a number of years as a community and labor organizer in Ohio and Los Angeles.

Dickson received her master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economic Development from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has also spent time studying and living in Nicaragua and Cuba.



Introduction to Employment Law
Workers’ Rights and Immigration Policies
Train the Trainer: Incorporating Worker’s Rights into Your Job Readiness Programming