Training Site Descriptions

Easton Hall Conference Center (March 2020, Supervisor of Organizers Workshop, Berkeley)

This meeting space is owned by the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and is a very lovely meeting space with some, but not a lot of, Christian iconography. It’s at the top of a very high hill (at least if you are from the Midwest), so don’t be fooled by how flat everything looks on a map! Easton is about two blocks from the gates of UC Berkeley, and walking distance from BART (if you are good at hills). There are lots of pleasant places to walk around outside, and numerous nearby restaurants, etc.

The accommodations are clean and pleasant, and perhaps a step up from the other religious retreat centers that we use, but still no TV — though plenty of free wifi. Singles and doubles with private bathroom are available.

We provide coffee and tea, and one night we provide dinner; otherwise, you are on your own, and will have no trouble finding good food in a variety of price ranges. A corner grocery is just down the block as well.

SEIU-HCII (April 2020, Organizing for Justice, Chicago)

This site is a 10 minute walk from the Halsted Orange Line station, which makes it easy to get to from any hotel in the Loop.  The location is also steps away from the corner of Halsted and Cermak, which means either bus route will take you right there.

If you plan to drive, SEIU graciously allows us to park in their gated lot.

We use the union hall on the first floor; most of SEIU’s offices are on the second floor, but the staff *does* come down to the kitchens and conference rooms on the first floor, so our group needs to be respectful of the space we are given.

We cater lunch Monday – Thursday at this location (there aren’t a lot of choices within walking distance); coffee and tea are available any time.