We are proud to launch the inaugural issue of the Undergraduate Journal on Work, Labor and Social Movements. The publication is a project of the Labor Extension Program of the University of Massachusetts system, and aims to foster a cross-campus conversation among undergraduate students at each UMass campus. This is a space for students to research trends in labor from historical, economic, and sociological perspectives; to explore the roles that labor and the labor movement play in their own lives and those of their peers; and to reflect on their own activism.
For this issue, the editors chose three categories for submissions: research, creative work,and activist reflections. The finalists we selected for publication examine questions of education, training, theory, and worker justice from a variety of lenses emphasizing the predominance of intersectionality in the way our students are thinking about labor and activism.