May 2015: Popular Economics Training at the Walker Center


UFE's Training of Trainers Institute involves exploring the causes and consequences of income and wealth inequality and providing participants with educational tools to help inform their communities and inspire political action.

Transformative education—which includes reflection, thoughtful analysis, and learning from each other—is vital to the success of any movement for social and economic justice. In order to challenge the economic status quo, we first need to make sense of the roots of inequality and, more broadly, the ways in which systems create and perpetuate class, race, and gender inequality. Working toward a shared understanding of how we got here and a shared vision for the future will help us build a cross-race, cross-class movement for an equitable, democratic, and sustainable economy.

Our Popular Economics Education Team is once again offering UFE's renowned Training of Trainers Institute May 28-31, 2015 in Auburndale, MA at the Walker Conference Center (details below). We invite organizers, activists, educators, students, and others across the U.S. who want to join and advance the movement for a just economy, to attend.

Jeannette Huezo, Steve Schnapp, and Riahl O'Malley, will help you learn how to engage people in dialogue through UFE-style popular economics education workshops that demystify the economy and creatively educate, inspire, and mobilize people to take political action.

Thursday, May 28 – ­Sunday, May 31, 2015
On-site check-in from 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Thursday May 28;
The Institute ends at 1:30 p.m.  on May 31.

The Walker Center in Auburndale, MA (30 minutes from Boston’s Logan Airport and accessible by public transportation)


About the Institute

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Watch this video from one of our previous Training of Trainers.


UFE's Training of Trainers Institute: A Reflection from United for a Fair Economy on Vimeo.



  • An organizer, leader, activist, teacher, or trainer engaged in campaigns for economic or social justice, and/or
  • If you are seeking to improve your training and facilitation skills in order to more effectively present information and engage people in dialogue about the economy. 


  • National economic trends and the rules, policies, and structures that make the economy a disaster for most of us and a goldmine for a few
  • Viewing the economy through race and gender lenses;
  • Some history about popular resistance to economic inequality in the U.S.;
  • Strategies to build a powerful social movement that will address the economic divides; and Principles and practices of popular education.  


  • Work in small groups to plan and practice leading either UFE's or original popular economics education workshop activities;
  • Receive constructive feedback on how to effectively present workshops and lead productive discussions on economic inequality;
  • Discuss how to best adapt UFE's materials to your communities and constituents;
  • Practice responding to challenging questions and difficult workshop situations; and
  • Network, build solidarity and open doors for collaboration with others working for economic justice.


  • The Growing Divide - The Roots of Economic Security
  • Closing the Racial Wealth Divide
  • Immigration and the Growing Divide  


  • To register click here.  Application due April 17th
  • After we have received your registration your participation will be confirmed no later than April 30th.  We recommend singing up early so you can secure your own flight at a reasonable price
  • Participants should arrive at the Walker Center on Thursday, May 28, between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.; the program begins after dinner on Thursday and concludes after lunch on Sunday, May 31.
  • Sessions are conducted in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
  • Breaks are provided throughout the day to allow participants to catch their breath, reflect on and network with other participants.

Registration fee is based on a sliding scale based on whether you are attending as an invididual, or with the support of an organization. Cost includes the institute fee, materials, meals, and room/board (double occupancy). Transportation is NOT included. A minimum $25 deposit is required upon admission into the training. Payment in full is due one week before the start of the Institute. We offer additional reductions to organizations sending two or more participants.

Space is limited and preference is given to applicants who are able to attend the full Institute. Some materials, including a detailed agenda for the Institute, short readings, and logistical information, will be sent to all registrants prior to the training to help participants prepare for the Institute.



Contact Riahl O'Malley via email ([email protected]) or phone at 827-277-7868 x127.

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