ENACT Labor Network

The ENACT Labor Network, piloted during the 2019-20 academic year, was a corps of students and faculty at ENACT schools who focused year-round on issues related to labor and worker rights.

In this program, students, under the guidance of a faculty fellow, worked in conjunction with legislators, advocacy groups and state-level research organizations to help pass meaningful labor-related legislation in their home state. They also interacted with policy experts representing different perspectives on their chosen legislative projects.

During the inaugural year of the program, four faculty fellows and nine students from four ENACT schools — in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts — took on such issues as wage theft, rural health care worker shortages, "sick" buildings and inequitable workweek policies.

The 2019-20 ENACT Labor Network pilot initiative was supported by the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice

Labor Network Staff

  • Melissa Stimell, Director, Ethics Center, and Academic Program Director, ENACT.

  • David Weinstein, Assistant Director, ENACT.

  • Jessica Santos, Heller School Faculty Leader, ENACT Labor Network.

  • Norman Abbott, Dual Master of Public Policy and MBA in Nonprofit Management Candidate, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, ENACT Labor Network Graduate Student Assistant.

Labor Network Faculty Fellows

  • ENACT Faculty Fellow Jay Barth and Professor Peter Gess, Hendrix College, Arkansas.

  • ENACT Faculty Fellow Katharine Owens, University of Hartford, Connecticut.

  • ENACT Faculty Fellow Robert Glover, University of Maine, Maine.

  • ENACT Academic Program Director Melissa Stimell, Brandeis University, Massachusetts.