Local 3 Electricians, Students at HVACLS, Mix and Mingle at Ceremony
By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange
June 11, 2015
Local 3 electrician apprentices, who are also studying “Class, Race and Gender” at SUNY Empire with Lainie Kitt, at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, attended the Black History and Alumni Awards Ceremony in New York City on May 7 with Kitt. (Photo: Lainie Kitt, center, surrounded by her students)
She recounted, “When the students arrived and saw the other guests were in suits and ties, they felt uncomfortable, because they came directly from work in their work attire. I explained to them that this is what our class is all about - race, class and gender. I also told them that I didn't get dressed either and that ‘you, too, are the fabric of the college’. The class mixed and mingled with the other guests and had a great time.”
Kitt, who is vice president of the National Labor College Alumni Association, said, “I am proud to be their instructor and proud that my students -- who are blue collar workers -- were recognized at the event. I hope that this outing has changed their outlook on life and am sure this experience will remain in their memories for a very long time.”
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