December 5th rally. A mass of people is visible in the background. Signs with slogans in foreground.

Community Rallies Against Abuse of Graduate Workers, Calls for Policy Change

Note: This article includes mentions of suicide. Graduate workers and community supporters gathered on Engineering Mall on Thursday to protest the return of abusive engineering professor Dr. Akbar Sayeed to campus and demand stronger workplace protections for grads. “We’re demanding that graduate assistants have a meaningful voice in crafting policies of the kinds that would…


GAPP Committee Meetings Extended to End of Semester

Feedback from two public forums drove the latest Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee meeting, resulting in a move toward greater transparency and accountability on the part of the university administration.   The two forums, held in late October, attracted graduate students, department administrators, and others from across campus. The meetings provided an overview…


GAPP Meeting Update: August

Graduate worker representatives met with university administration last week during the fourth meeting of the Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee, the group tasked with overseeing the transition of our 2009 contract into a handbook. Committee members made significant progress on reviewing the details of the contract; throughout most of the meeting, the administration…