Campus Living Wage Project


Harvard University
Elaine Bernard
Dan Dimaggio
Madeleine Elfenbein
Lawrence Katz
Roona Ray & Amy Offner

Brown University
Peter Asen
Matthew Jerzyk (Jobs for Justice)
Nick Rutter
Anissa Weinraub

Swarthmore College
Sam Blair
Kae Kalwaic

Economic Policy Institute
Jared Bernstein

Jen Kern

Stanford University
Anna Mumford [to come]

Colorado College
Kai Stinchombe [to come]

Interested in being interviewed?

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Welcome to the Campus Living Wage Project!

On campuses across the United States, student activists have campaigned to improve the wages and bargaining power of low-wage university employees. Campus living wage campaigns generally advocate for a higher minimum wage for university employees, and the adoption of a "code of conduct" to help protect workers' rights.

This website is a collection of interviews with students and activists involved in "living wage" campaigns at various campuses, mostly conducted during the Winter of 2002. The interviews provide insights into what makes successful labor rights campaigns, as well as the ideals and experiences that motivate them.

If you're involved in campus organizing or advocacy, or are just interested in activism and labor rights on campuses, these interviews are a good place to learn more about campus activism. Feel free to email with any questions and comments on the site. Enjoy!


Page links:
Workers' Words: a moving collection of interviews with low-wage Harvard employees about working at Harvard.

Living Wage Links: ACORN / Harvard PSLM / Economic Policy Institute / Jobs with Justice / United Students Against Sweatshops / LabourStart / PERI / United for a Fair Economy / SEIU

Last Updated 1.31.05
Research and design by Adam Stone
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This research project was generously funded by the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and supported through the efforts of Kent Koth, Renato Rosaldo, my family, and many friends and kind strangers.