Jess is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Jess has been a member of the TAA for four years, and this is his third year as PEC co-chair.
Prior to graduate school, Jess taught high school band and music classes in Chicago, Illinois where he was a proud member of the Chicago Teachers’ Union.
Michael has been a graduate student in UW–Madison’s Department of Biochemistry for far longer than he cares to admit. He finally joined the TAA in the fall of 2016, and his interest in both electoral and community politics quickly landed him in PEC.
When he’s not compiling agendas and minutes for the committee, he’s likely to be in lab insisting that his co-workers learn the difference between the en-dash and the em-dash.
Erika is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy. Erika joined the TAA in Fall 2016, got involved with PEC in Spring 2017, and is excited to serve as PEC’s Treasurer for the 2017–2018 academic year. Her qualifications include playing the role of “Treasurer” of the medieval town of Hamelin in her children’s choir’s production of the opera The Piper of Hamelin in 2010.
Caelyn is a third-year Ph.D student in the Department of Communication Arts Program where they study the rhetoric of disability. They have been a member of the TAA for three years and a member of PEC for one year. Prior to attending UW– Madison, they attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Hugh is a second-year Ph.D student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Prior to starting at UW, he worked with a labor rights group in the Bay Area.
Jake is a fifth-year in Sociology. He has been a member of TAA since 2013, and PEC since it rebooted in late 2014. Before coming to Madison, he worked with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Jake likes to procrastinate by endlessly experimenting with new productivity apps.