UCI Labor Center

The UCI Labor Center provides timely and policy-relevant labor research, educating the next generation of labor and community leaders, and advancing labor and workers’ rights initiatives.

Modeled after centers at UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Merced, the UCI Labor Center builds upon previous campus efforts to investigate low-wage worker sectors in Orange County. UCI’s School of Social Ecology and School of Law jointly oversee the center, which aims to boost the power of working people in Orange County and beyond by promoting, defending and expanding workers’ rights.

Through research, advocacy, policy innovation, education and outreach, the center supports unions and worker organizations in their endeavors to create a fair and racially just worker-centered economy.


Virginia Parks, Academic Director
Christopher Duarte, Director


Christopher Duarte