2019 HSA Scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women - University of British Columbia, Vancouver

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women
July 2 – 6, 2019

University of British Columbia, Vancouver 

The Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women, "Equity. Justice. Reconcili-action: Building worker power through Intersectional Feminism and Activism," will take place July 2-6, 2019, at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia in the Orchard Commons. This institute is a space for union and community women, Trans, Two-Spirit, and Intersex people in the workforce.

The Summer Institute for Union Women brings together women from unions, worker centres, and community organizations to work together to encourage each other to step up into leadership in their organizations. It is a space for personal growth and reflection designed to ignite the empowerment of labor and labor-minded women.

Core courses being offered are:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Reconciliation
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Organizing
  • Leadership
  • Globalization and Immigration
  • Political Action
  • Strategic Campaigns
  • Occupational Health and Safety for Women
  • Advanced Leadership

Deadline for registration for the Summer Institute for Union Women is June 7. Registration cost is $750, which includes registration, accommodation and meals. Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant. https://conference.bcfed.ca/siuw2019/

Scholarship Opportunities

To apply for an HSA scholarship, which covers the cost of the course, accommodation, and wage replacement, use the on-line registration and create a login using the prompts provided.  Please call the HSA office at 604.517.0994 or 1.800.663.6119 if you do not know your HSA member ID number.  Once you have created your login the Summer Institute for Union Women will be listed under 'other events' on the event registration list.  If you require more information, please contact Ashley Lopez at the HSA office at @email

In addition, HSA supports the participation of daughters of HSA members by sponsoring a scholarship to attend the Summer Institute for Union Women. To apply for a scholarship to facilitate your daughter to participate, please complete the on-line registration called 2018 Summer Institute for Union Women (Daughters).

The Marianne Gilbert Scholarship offered through the BC Federation of Labour also provides union members support to attend the summer institute. This year the BC Fed is offering three scholarships which will cover tuition, shared accommodations and meals for this event.

Applicants must submit a letter outlining their union activities and must briefly describe what they hope to learn from the school, and how the experience will assist in their work, in their union or in the broader labour movement. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from their union.

 Please send completed application to HSA for union authorization and HSA will forward to the BC Federation of Labour on your behalf.

Deadline for application for HSA or BC Federation of Labour scholarships to support participation is May. 10, 2019. All applicants will be reviewed and scholarship winners will be advised on June 4, 2019. 

 All applicants are asked to please keep the July 2-6, 2019 dates in mind to ensure that if chosen, they will be available to accept.

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