Social Justice Forum

The Graduate Employee Organization and Graduate Student Senate invite you to a forum titled “Social Justice and Campus Life: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community” on Thursday, April 9, at 4pm – 6pm, campus center room 909. The forum will bring together knowledgeable speakers and activists who will discuss issues such as the state of diversity in higher education today, the challenges of being queer on campus, and the multiple demands that women face in higher education. This highly interactive session will not only delve into the marginalization of certain groups and identities but will also explore strategies that facilitate empowerment. More details of topics and speakers are noted below:

Topics & Speakers:

Campus diversity in the era of neo-liberal higher education reform
– Prof. Amilcar Shabazz (Chair, Afro-American studies dept.)

Being Queer on Campus: Progress and pitfalls
– Andrea Dre Domingue (Co-chair, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, and doctoral student)

Women in higher education: Managing multiple demands
– Dr. Cheryl Braxton (Director, Continuing Education & Community Outreach, Saint Joseph College

Moderator: Prof. Bailey W. Jackson (Chair, Social Justice program)

When: Thursday, April 9, 4pm to 6pm
Where: Campus Center room: 909

Refreshments will be served

It’s unanimous!

Voting to ratify our 8th contract ended at 5:00 p.m. on April 1. It passed unanimously!

While we cannot imagine a more difficult economic climate during which to be bargaining, GEO has achieved some significant achievements with this contract. The University has agreed to a freeze on the grad service fee for the life of this contact. This is unprecedented, and a significant step forward!

April 8 Rally & Lobby Day

Students from public campuses from across the state are converging on the State House April 8. Following a March and Rally across the Boston Common, students, faculty and staff will be lobbying their legislators, asking them to fully fund public higher education.

Buses will leave from Haigis Mall at 7:30 a.m. and lunches will be provided. Email to reserve a seat on the bus.

The Employee Free Choice Act: Crisis and New Opportunities for Labor Organizing

Tuesday, April 14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Campus Center room 162-175

This panel will feature:

*Acting Director of the UMass-Amherst Labor Center Stephanie Luce
*UAW Local 2322 President Ron Patenaude
*Western Mass Jobs with Justice President Jon Weissman
*and other labor activists and organizers.

The panel will discuss recent labor history in relation to neoliberal restructuring, connect labor organizing to the current economic crisis and present new possibilities for a strong labor movement.

Light refreshments will be provided.