April 8 Rally for public higher education

Springfield Channel 40’s coverage of the April 8 rally and march will give you a little bit of a feel for the excitement and energy. We were certainly heard in the State House! After the march, PHENOM teams made good connections with legislators and their aides.

Nominations now open!

Nominations for the President/Co-Chair and Vice-President/Co-Chair are now open. Please submit nominations in writing to the Steering Committee at the GEO office, 201 Student Union.

Nominations are open from Friday, April 3 through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The election will take place during the final membership meeting of the year, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

We are holding off on nominations for the Secretary/Treasurer until a decision is made at the next membership meeting whether to keep or eliminate that position in favor of a full-time office manager.

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