This story is part of our IRLE Engaged Learning Series. This series highlights the experiences of students connected to IRLE and their contributions within both our own units and local community organizations.
Simone Frank | February 1, 2022
Born and raised in the city of Pasadena, Reggie Myles is a third year undergraduate student at UCLA double majoring in sociology and African American studies. He is an aspiring organizer and his passion and interests in Black worker justice revolves around the importance of investing in not only Black families, but also Black futures.
Witnessing job, housing and food security disparities in his own community, Reggie learned that Black worker justice is not only about economic justice but also the dignity and humanity of Black workers.
This past year, Reggie enrolled in a “We Gon’ Be Alright: Developing the Next Generation of Black Organizers” course to learn more about Black worker justice. During the summer, Reggie applied the skills he learned from the course through UCLA Center for the Advancement of Racial Equity (CARE) at Work’s 10-week Freedom Fellowship.
Launched in Summer 2021, the Freedom Fellowship offers an experiential learning opportunity which aims to build a bridge between students and labor leaders, union members and field organizers in partnership with the Southern California Black Worker Hub and CARE at Work’s regional Black Worker Center (BWC) allies.
“I’m proud of the way Reggie has grown as an organizer. He has brought a lot of tenacity and energy and positive vibes to our space and we’re really grateful for that,” said Ron Collins, senior campaign coordinator at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center.
Read below for Reggie’s experience as a “We Gon’ Be Alright” student and Freedom Fellow for the Los Angeles Black Worker Center (LABWC).