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Friday | November 7 | 3:00-5:00 PM

Working for Social Justice: A conversation with two ND alumni on the front lines of the battle for living wages, decent workplaces, and labor rights


Wondering about what to do after college? Hoping to connect your intellectual interests and social concerns with a career? Worried about making a living while also making a positive impact? Then join us this Friday afternoon for this Higgins Friends and Alumni Network (HFAN) event:
Friday, November 7, 3 to 5 pm, Geddes Hall McNeil Library (first floor, center of building)
Sarah Lyons (ANTH '09) and Stuart Mora (HIST ’08) are staff members at UNITE HERE, the labor union focusing on improving the wages, working conditions, and opportunities for workers in the hospitality sector (food services, hotel housekeeping, etc.). Sarah is a research analyst for Local 1 in Chicago, while Stuart is an organizer for Local 23 in Indianapolis.

Members of the Higgins Friends and Alumni Network (HFAN), Sarah and Stuart are eager to share their stories with students hoping to connect careers to conscience. The format is casual to facilitate small group and one-on-one conversations, and participants should feel free to come and go anytime between 3 and 5 pm. More extensive bios are below; I hope to see you there!


Sarah Lyons graduated in 2009 with a major in Anthropology and Peace Studies and a minor in Gender Studies. After graduating, she participated in the Congressional Hunger Center’s Emerson Fellowship where she did anti-hunger and anti-poverty work with the NYC Department of Health and the Justice Policy Institute in Washington, DC.  Following her time on the East Coast, she found her way to UNITE HERE in Indianapolis, where she learned how to organize workers, community allies and politicians. Since 2012, she has worked as a researcher for UNITE HERE in Chicago, where she develop strategic campaigns to build power for working families in the city.

Stuart Mora graduated from Notre Dame in 2008 with a degree in history. Upon graduating Stuart moved to Indianapolis to join the labor movement and became a leader in the national organizing campaign of Hyatt hotel workers. Stuart has been a staff organizer with UNITE HERE since 2011 and has helped lead successful union organizing drives of campus workers at Butler University, Marian University (Indianapolis), Northwestern University, and, most recently, Earlham College. As a leader of UNITE HERE, Stuart has played a large role in developing the Organizing Beyond Barriers national internship program for students and rank-and-file leaders and contributed significantly to community organizing around legislative, divestment, and boycott campaigns. Stuart is also the co-founder of the Indianapolis Catholic Worker Community along with Notre Dame alum Meli Barber.



Friday | October 31 | 4:30-5:30 PM

Labor Cafe

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Room B034

Worried about wealth distribution? Wondering about workers’ rights? Interested in interrogating inequality? Curious about Catholic Social Teaching?

Then join us for the Labor Café, a biweekly venue for students, faculty, and staff to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. We’ll provide the caffeine and treats to boost your energy; you bring the questions and concerns to inform the discussions.

The next meeting of the Labor Café is Friday, October 31, at 4:30 pm, in B034 Geddes Hall. All ND community members and opinions are welcome.

At this gathering we’ll decide as a group what topics to discuss at upcoming sessions, so if you’re interested but cannot make it, please email Dan Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Studies Program.



Friday | September 26 | 12:00-1:00 PM

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, & Policy Series)                                        


Geddes Hall | Coffeehouse

Kevin Christiano, Associate Professor of Sociology, will deliver a talk entitled "Vision and Verse: The Labor Art and Poetry of Ralph Chaplin." Chaplin was an American writer, artist, and labor activist who penned the words to "Solidarity Forever" and also converted to Catholicism late in life. Needelss to say, he led a very interesting life. For this presentation Professor Christiano will draw from his larger biographical study; lunch will be provided.







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