Hey folks! If you have questions about how to use your NYSHIP health insurance, please come to this informal, student-run workshop. And if you’re interested in sharing anecdotes about your own experience dealing with NYSHIP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or just come to the workshop.
NYSHIP Student-Led Workshop
Tuesday, April 16th, 4:00-5:00 PM, Room 5409, CUNY Graduate Center
Qualifying for and Retaining Enrollment in NYSHIP
Status of Free Contraception Through the Affordable Care Act
Basic Fact and Contact Sheet
Student-Recommended In-Network Providers
Billing, Benefits, and Copays
Common Problems/Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Food and drinks will be served. Please register here.
ALSO: The student Health and Wellness Festival
offering free health services will be held on Monday, April 15th on the C level of the Grad Center.
by Zoltán Glück, Conor Tomás Reed, and Alyson Spurgas
What is the Graduate Center’s “Restructuring Plan” that you’ve been hearing so much about recently? Beginning in the fall of 2012, the GC’s administration began to publicize a plan to implement a new funding and admissions scheme for incoming students. According to the GC’s website, “starting in Fall 2013 the Graduate Center will make new five-year recruitment fellowships and awards to a high percentage of the students admitted to the doctoral programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. The individual doctoral programs in these disciplines will award two hundred new Graduate Center Fellowships (GCFs) and approximately one hundred new five-year Tuition Fellowships. Students in Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Psychology, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences are also eligible for five-year Science Fellowships.”
Sounds pretty good, right? In short, the GC administration will grant many (but, importantly, not all) incoming students $25,000 per year for five years along with a one course per semester teaching load during years two, three, and four. But here are some of the problems:
1.) Neither of these benefits will be applied to current students;
2.) The Graduate Center will be downsizing its current student population;
3.) This restructuring has serious implications for student and faculty diversity at the school; and
4.) These plans will further stratify labor and exacerbate existing inequalities among graduate student workers at the GC and at the CUNY schools where we teach.
Concerned members of the CUNY community—in the Adjunct Project, the Doctoral Students Council; the MALS program, student chartered organizations like the Asociación de Estudiantes Latinas/os y Latinoamericanas/os (AELLA), many specific doctoral programs such as Anthropology, Computer Science, EES, English, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literature, Music, Sociology, Psychology, and Theatre, people organizing across CUNY, and even incoming GC students—oppose the intended unilateral implementation of this new funding and admissions structure. First and foremost among our concerns is that ALL Graduate Center students deserve funding and a reduced teaching load.
That current students won’t be included in this new funding/workload plan deserves interrogation. We demand to know how the administration plans to support current students finishing their degrees, particularly as there is no clear plan to increase the value or number of offered dissertation fellowships, Instructional Technology Fellowships (ITFs), CUNY Writing Fellowships that can be openly applied for, or other Graduate Assistant A, B, or C fellowships that provide students with the time and resources to write our dissertations once we have completed our coursework. Instead, it appears that current students will be expected to finish their degrees by adjuncting, working outside the university, or taking out loans (like many of us already do).
Moreover, not even all incoming students will be awarded fellowships—but who makes the decision and on what basis? Although the new fellowship plan is being presented as a program that will apply to all admitted students in the near future, there are plenty of students who will be starting at the GC in the fall and who will have no funding. The lack of transparency around this is troubling.
Also in accordance with the restructuring plan, a 15-20 percent reduction of the incoming student body is expected for the coming years. As admissions are slashed, student body diversity at the GC will be drastically reduced. We can be sure that the administration will produce statistics on increased racial diversity, but the actual number of students of diverse backgrounds who are admitted will likely be reduced, and a complex understanding of diversity that includes class, geographical background, sexuality, lifestyle, and age, among other things, has yet to be demonstrated by the administration. This admissions reduction and its consequences will foster a culture of elitism at our public university, and will further erode CUNY’s historic mission to provide accessible education to students from across the five boroughs of New York City.
In connection with the above trend, we will see a reduction of discipline and departmental diversity—both at the Graduate Center and the CUNY colleges where we teach. Homogenization will invariably occur to programs like Psychology, where there are very different orientations to the field (for instance, there are diverse subfields, including: neuropsychiatry, cognitive/experimental approaches, but also critical social psych, personality psych, and psychodynamic/therapeutic approaches). We have concerns about which of these will get axed when there are fewer students to fill classes at the GC and thus to support specializations, subprograms, and community-based training clinics where students learn while simultaneously serving the underserved citizens of New York. Our fear is that a neoliberal logic about “skills,” “industry,” “marketability,” and “excellence” will be deployed when making these decisions. Indeed, we already see this happening in the form of Pathways and the broader plans to restructure education at CUNY.
Ultimately, the decisions that led up to this massive restructuring occurred in small committees behind closed doors. President Kelly often refers to the student input that was collected during their planning process: however, from what we can gather, this simply refers to students who have advocated for “better funding packages for GC students.” The administration seems to have taken this as an open invitation to pursue their own “strategic plan” and push through a set of policies that current students are deeply concerned about, but were given very little opportunity to help shape.
As well, during his “office hours” last December, Provost Chase Robinson assured students that the administration was “looking into” ways of making funding at the GC more equitable, but offered no information on how the administration was actually going to make that happen. We want to know why there was no workload reduction or monetary supplementation for current students. It appears that EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK is not something this administration believes in.
Fundamentally, we need to create a robust culture of transparency and accountability at the Graduate Center, and take clear steps towards participatory budgeting and campus governance that welcomes involvement from all students, faculty, and staff. As this Restructuring Plan unfolds, we see the administration promise support for select well-publicized projects, but not for the general financial needs of students outlined above. While millions of dollars in capital funds have been raised for an exclusive rooftop lounge and library basement renovation, the administration claims it can’t find money to fund current students or maintain departments’ current sizes. Exciting developments in radical scholarship are being made with future Graduate Center/Schomburg Center fellowships, and with current programs such as the Advanced Research Collaborative, JustPublics@365, and Revolutionizing American Studies, but this shouldn’t end up increasing stratification (particularly as many of these programs speak out against stratification). The Graduate Center’s motto for academic support shouldn’t be “nice money, if you can get it.”
We wish to also underscore the effects that the Restructuring Plan will have on labor within departments where we teach. How will it affect solidarity, labor relations, morale, and our own undergraduate students when these new Graduate Center Fellows (GCFs) suddenly teach next to “regular old” Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellows (ECFs), who teach next to other less-funded Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTFs), who teach next to unfunded adjuncts trying to finish their dissertations, who teach next to long-time non-doctoral student adjuncts, who teach next to junior tenure-track faculty—all of whom teach next to full-time tenured professors? Dividing the workplace in this way will further increase a culture of competition and foster resentment among contingent workers–when we need more than ever to be united and stand in solidarity.
Furthermore, the thorny labor issue remains as to what kind of job protection doctoral students workers have under the Professional Staff Congress’s (PSC) current contract. Graduate Assistants, including GTFs (which are classified as Graduate Assistant Cs), are identified in the contract as graduate students, not laborers. The elusive language of Article 11.2(a) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by which all union members are covered on “Classification of Titles” of Graduate Assistants complicates the process of filing grievances or taking sick leave, for instance. Such alarming labor situations have recently arisen as one teaching fellow being fired from his position with no clear recourse or due process available, and another teaching fellow being told she would have to relinquish her fellowship if she took maternity leave. If we are to utilize and truly benefit from our status as PSC union members, we must challenge the fact that our “employment, retention, evaluation, and assignment” as workers is problematically based upon our “status, progress, and evaluation” as graduate students. We are members of the PSC’s bargaining unit, whether we sign a union card or not; it is imperative that we take advantage of this status and pressure our union leadership to fight on behalf of us as workers, especially since the Graduate Center’s administration seems so hell-bent on making us invisible as such.
And what about the negative effects this will have on faculty at the Graduate Center–how will the department size reductions and encroaching campus elitism affect who gets hired to teach at the GC? What will happen to non-central line CUNY faculty when many Graduate Center hires in full-time lines are from outside CUNY, and hiring draws less and less on qualified faculty at the various CUNY campuses?
Reduction of Student-Controlled and Library Study Space
The Restructuring Plan will also erode the only student-directed space in the building. The Doctoral Students Council, student clubs, and 5th floor event spaces (5414, 5409, 5489, etc.) are slated to be displaced from their current fifth floor location and moved to the library basement where the C-level computer lab, classrooms, and GC archives currently exist. In this process we will also lose valuable student-utilized workspaces. The C-level computers will relocate to the second floor of the library, which will be more cramped than ever. As overworked students who often have a hard time finding adequate space for studying, reading, and writing, we need more quiet study areas, not less! We anticipate that these changes will make the Graduate Center less welcoming to students and less hospitable for community-building and organizing. The student government and clubs deserve the right to our own space!
Some of this building restructuring has been occurring for a few years now, as seen with the Psychology department’s not-too-graceful reconfiguration of programs last semester, and robust centers like CLAGS and CPCP being cooped up in small office spaces. We also remember the first floor “Foundation Lounge” space being halved and otherwise shrouded in dim lighting in 2010 and since then, and that the library staff and IT help desk staff have been shuffled around in the library. The most recent assault on community-controlled space has taken the form of the implementation of the new digital signage system (on the first floor and in the hallways) which has replaced what was once a thriving community bulletin board culture on every floor of the building.
Students Fight Back!
The spring 2013 semester started off with a bang when GC students began mobilizing around a variety of issues at the first Adjunct Project meeting of the semester in mid-February. Approximately fifty students from diverse departments attended, and we formed several working groups: one devoted to exposing and combating the administration’s Restructuring Plan; one dedicated to devising a counter-report to CUNY’s official Kroll Report on the events of November 21, 2011 at Baruch when students were attacked by police; one group which will plan an alternative education budget (alongside the Free University of NYC); and a group devoted to developing broad organizing strategies, platforms, and analyses to interrogate and fight the trends toward privatization and austerity that we see happening across CUNY.
At the center of GC student organizing right now is the fight against the administration’s plan to restructure, downsize, and further stratify the student body at our school. Room by room, floor by floor, GC Departments are taking action. Momentum has increased substantially over the last month: departments are beginning to organize themselves and openly question the adverse impacts that restructuring will have on their programs (for a great example, see the psychology department’s emergency response website: restructure.commons.gc.cuny.edu).
To complement this department-focused work, we are also building an inter-departmental, GC-wide response, with diverse student and faculty voices speaking out against these changes. To this end, multiple departments came together at 7pm on Tuesday, March 19th, in the GC 8th floor cafeteria to hold Department Town Hall meetings. Each group focused on how the Restructuring Plan will impact their specific department, and what their most urgent needs are. At the end of the evening, we converged to collectively discuss common issues and strategize ways to draw critical attention to these changes and to devise a plan of action to prevent them from being implemented. Our next GC-wide response will gather again at 7pm on Tuesday, April 9th, in the GC 8th floor cafeteria.
We have also been speaking back to the administration about their plans. On Monday, February 25, 2013, President Kelly held a Community Meeting (see cunyadjunctproject.org/2013/02/26/gc-community-mtg-audio-questions-next-steps) which was open to students, faculty, and staff at the Graduate Center. At this meeting, he formally announced plans to usher in the Restructuring Plan for admissions, funding, and class offerings. Many concerned students attended and the Adjunct Project helped to organize (through crowd-sourcing) a set of collective questions articulating some of the concerns outlined above.
Campus-based actions and organizing strategies are being planned for the coming weeks and months, with attention to an arc and pace of connecting Spring to Summer to Fall 2013 organizing. Here is a preview of some of the possibilities we’ve begun articulating to this end (please contribute to this list!):
- “Transparency Day”: set up tables in the GC lobby with t-shirts and markers so students can write our own funding/debt/workload/degree progress situations on t-shirts and engage each other, faculty, and staff in conversation around issues of contingency and precarity.
- Fifth Avenue fundraiser: draw attention outside on Fifth Avenue to the difficult economic situation for many people just inside our gilded doors by doing busking, readings, extemporaneous lectures, etc. for donations.
- GC lobby, library, and cafeteria speak-outs—inform and galvanize these heavily trafficked sites in our building on the issues laid out above. For a place like the Mina Rees Library’s C-level, it’s quite literally a critical moment of “use it or lose it!”
- MAKE ART! (infographics, banner drops, creative guerrilla outreach, occupy the digital signage boards with counter-restructuring messages, etc.)
- Pack President Kelly’s second Community Meeting on May 7 with diverse attendance, critical questions, and concrete alternatives, while connecting GC administrators’ culpability to CUNY Central, NY City and State, and the national public higher education crisis.
- Reach out to incoming students for solidarity and participation—they’re not our enemies, but rather crucial allies in this fight!
- Re-examine the PSC’s current collective bargaining agreement for information on the rights of doctoral student workers; build a campaign around pressuring our union to fight for doctoral student contingent workers to have more job security and benefits such as sick/parental leave and better pay. EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK!
- Revisit the “A Note on What it Means to Have an Adjunct as an Instructor” paragraph that many GTFs and adjuncts already include on their syllabi, and build a campaign around rewriting this and encourage all contingent workers to include it on their syllabi. We can also use it as a way to start conversations with our students and full-time faculty in our departments about contingent worker exploitation at CUNY (see cunyadjunctproject.org/get-involved/organizingeducation/bring-it-to-class).
- Participate in such upcoming Graduate Center events as “The University Beyond Crisis” on April 8 (see revolutionizingamericanstudies.commons.gc.cuny.edu/the-university-beyond-crisis-monday-8-april-2013), and such city-wide events as May Day, in which the Free University of NYC will host multiple Free U’s around NYC in order to “Turn the City into a University” (see freeuniversitynyc.org).
- Look to other models of university campaign escalations that have been effective recently (Cooper Union, Chile, Puerto Rico, Quebec).
All of us need to collectively rise to the occasion. We can actively inform each other in the general GC body of these issues through one-on-one conversations, classroom announcements, staff break-room discussions, department meetings, emails, tablings, flyering, digital signage, and other kinds of publicity. We can call attention to these problems on a range of media outlets. Let’s work together as concerned students, faculty, and staff on building an effective campaign! The CUNY Graduate Center’s future is worth it, and so are we.
CUNY Graduate Center President Kelly held a Community Meeting on Monday, February 25, 2013. A group of students, faculty, and staff raised critical questions about the Fall 2013 GC Restructuring Plan, CUNY Pathways, the Kroll Report, insurance coverage, and other issues. These questions had been openly crowd-sourced beforehand to encourage campus-wide input in shaping this forum.
We also announced an alternative Community Meeting for Friday, March 8, 3-5pm at GC room 5414 — a setting where students, faculty, and staff can interact and strategize responses to the lack of general participatory democracy and transparency at the Graduate Center, and how specifically to counteract the worst aspects of the Fall 2013 Restructuring Plan.
Recording of the February 25 event:
Questions list: 2.25.13 Questions for President Kelly
Flyer for the March 8 gathering: March 8 community mtg fullsheet
Please share this information openly and often across departments, offices, centers, and club . . . → Read More: UPDATE: audio & questions list from Feb 25 Pres Kelly Community Mtg, March 8 next steps
Thanks to everyone who came to the Adjunct Project meeting on Friday, February 15th. The meeting was really inspiring, highly effective, and there are some exciting things in the works. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next planning meeting this Friday, February 22nd@ 3pm! Here’s a brief recap of some of the exciting projects that were discussed at the last meeting:
1. Alternative Budget Project: A working group formed to begin researching and writing an alternative budget for free public education in New York City. This WG will work with the Free University NYC (http://www.freeuniversitynyc.org/) in the coming weeks and months to collaboratively write this important document.
2. Counter-Kroll Report: A working group formed to research and write a report which would critically respond to the highly problematic and dangerous “Kroll Report” (The Kroll Report is the official CUNY-commissioned report on the student protests of November . . . → Read More: AP Strategizing: Friday Feb 22nd @ 3pm, 8th Floor Cafeteria!
TONIGHT AT THE GRADUATE CENTER!
Join a conversation–co-sponsored by the CUNY Adjunct Project–with Jordan Flaherty and Themis Pellas on their experiences organizing in times of crisis and the organizational forms that emerge in those spaces as well as the challenges to organizing and building long lasting groups/assemblies/networks, in Room 5109 @ 5pm.
Jordan Flaherty is a long time journalist and organizer based in New Orleans. He is a television producer at Al Jazeera and the author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance From Katrina to the Jena Six.
Themis Pellas is an urbanist, having been active in the mobilizations and assemblies over the past years in Greece.
*This Event is co-sponsored by the Adjunct Project
Originally Published on Upping the Anti @ http://uppingtheanti.org/journal/article/08-a-culture-of-resistance1/.
By Suzy Subways
In March 1995, 20,000 students from City University of New York (CUNY) were attacked by police after surrounding city hall to protest a draconian tuition increase. This protest, organized by the CUNY Coalition Against the Cuts, marked an upsurge in student movement activity that continued into 1996, when the group transformed into the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM), a multiracial radical organization. Before disbanding in 2004, SLAM established chapters at CUNY colleges in all five boroughs of the city. This roundtable focuses on the chapter at Hunter College in Manhattan and explores SLAM’s legacy of building a left culture in New York City and across the country.
SLAM’s legacy is bound up with the evolution of CUNY, which became the primary route out of poverty for the city’s Black, Latino, and immigrant communities starting in the 1970s. Prior to . . . → Read More: A Culture of Resistance: Lessons Learned from the Student Liberation Action Movement
By James Dennis
Originally Published in Dissent Magazine, February 12th, 2013
[Photo of Brooklyn College, CUNY, by Salim Virji, 2009, Flickr creative commons]
What began as a fight between English faculty and the administration at a small urban community college is quickly becoming the front line in a national struggle over the future of higher education. As of this writing, two of the largest faculty organizations in the country, the Modern Language Association and the American Association of University Professors, have taken strong public stands against the City University of New York’s controversial Pathways to Degree Completion initiative, which supporters claim will streamline transfers between branches of the university system and increase graduation rates. These denouncements follow the creation of a national petition against Pathways and a spirited and growing campaign by the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY’s faculty union, to resist the proposed changes.
At its annual convention . . . → Read More: CUNY’s Pathways Initiative and the Future of Higher Education Reform
(This is a response to the recently published “Closing Down the Roach Motel,” which appeared in Inside Higher Ed on February 5, 2013 [http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/05/cuny-graduate-center-hopes-offer-public-model-reform-doctoral-education])
By Colin Ashley, John Boy, Anne Donlon, Gregory T. Donovan, Colleen Eren, Zoltán Glück, Karen Gregory, Stefanie A. Jones, Eero Laine, Ben Miller, Christina Nadler, Jared Simard, Jennifer Sloan, Alyson Spurgas, Chris Alen Sula, Suzanne Tamang, Jen Tang, Monique Whitaker
We are current and former students at the CUNY Graduate Center. Many of us have been involved in the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC), the student government run by graduate students. We also take classes, write dissertations, work in university offices, perform research, and teach (often three or more courses each semester) at different colleges throughout the City University system. In our work on the DSC, we are elected student officers, newspaper editors, committee members, media coordinators, and student organizers.
As students and workers, we welcome the . . . → Read More: My PhD Program is not a “Roach Motel”
by: Zoltán Glück
Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman are two of the most prominent leaders of the Chilean student movement that has been seriously challenging the established political order in Chile through its mass mobilizations, university occupations, and broad popular support. They were invited to the Washington, DC to accept the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award and made a brief stop-over in New York City to meet student organizers from the US and Quebec. I caught up with Camila and Noam in New York after their talk at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Zoltán Glück: What is the relationship between the student movement and broader expressions of resistence against Neoliberalism in Chile. Would you say that the student movement in Chile an anti-capitalist movement?
Camila Vallejo: Well, the Chilean student movement, and I think this is true of social movements in general, don’t usually define . . . → Read More: “Indignation is Only the First Step”: A Discussion with Camila Vallejo and Noam Titleman
Hi all! This is happening on Friday 12/7, at 4pm at the GC Room 5414. Come if you can!!!
The International Committee of the PSC/CUNY, would like to invite you to join us this Friday, December 7th at 4 PM in Rm 5414 of the Graduate Center. We look forward to collaborating with interested CUNY graduate students and faculty to plan for a March 2013 one-day conference on the crisis of student debt, resistance to the debt and the impact of student debt on future student employment decision-making and the potential of lurking unemployment and deepening debt challenges.
This is a preliminary organizational meeting to plan for the conference’s direction, themes, and participants and we are looking to the critical input from interested CUNY graduate students and faculty. The tentative conference title would be “Student Resistance to Debt and Unemployment.”
We want it to have both . . . → Read More: Friday 12/7 @ 4 PM: planning meeting for spring 2013 student debt crisis and resistance conference!
Hey guys. So I know we’ve been super occupied (haha, pun intended) with other things recently, but there’s going to be this workshop on how to successfully navigate NYSHIP (your health insurance if you’re a doctoral student at the GC) next Thursday 12/8 @ 2pm. I know this sounds boring, but we’re trying to make it useful and exciting–kind of like a “skill share”! It will be a place for people to share the names of providers who have been good for them and who take our insurance, things to ask/say when you make/go to an appointment, situations that you have been able to actually get taken care of with NYSHIP (like, financial things that have been resolved), but also the particular areas that still need improvement. No administrators will be there giving boring presentations; instead students who have a lot of experience with using the insurance will share their . . . → Read More: NYSHIP Navigation Workshop
#occupyCUNY/Graduate Center General Assembly invites you to…
Faculty Speak-out: Supporting the N17 Student Strike!!! Wednesday, November 16th 6:30 PM @ Proshansky Auditorium, The Graduate Center Scheduled speakers:
Anne McClintock (UW-Madison Professor of English and Gender Studies) Neil Smith (Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Graduate Center) Stanley Aronowitz (Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, Graduate Center) Susan Buck-Morss (Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Graduate Center) Ira Shor (Professor of English, College of Staten Island and Graduate Center) Katie Cumiskey (Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Staten Island) Ashley Dawson (Associate Professor of English, Graduate Center, College of Staten Island) Ammiel Alcalay (Professor of English, Graduate Center and Queens College) Anthony Alessandrini (Associate Professor of English, Kingsborough Community College) Jackie DiSalvo (Associate Professor of English, Baruch and the Graduate Center) Patricia Clough (Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Queens College and the Graduate Center)
Check this out for the list . . . → Read More: ALL OUT: Wed N16 Faculty Speak-out in Support of OWS/Student Strike + Thurs N17 City-wide Student Strike!!!
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CUNY’s Black radical traditions will take center stage at this exciting event on Friday, November 11, at the CUNY Graduate Center. In a time where social movements are being revitalized through critical education and direct democracy, these invaluable speakers will discuss the amazing histories, present efforts, and future visions of CUNY. We will apply special attention to past public space occupations at CUNY that catalyzed major institutional and social change—-such as the 1969 CCNY strike achieving Open Admissions–to suggest a bridge between the global “Occupy” movement and how we can transform our own university system. We welcome all CUNY communities to join us.
Speakers: Louis Reyes Rivera, 1969 CUNY Open Admissions Strike Leader Prof. Michele Wallace, The Graduate Center Prof. Barbara Winslow, Brooklyn College Hank Williams, The Graduate Center LaMont OyeWale Badru, Lehman College
Co-Sponsors: Africana Studies Group The Adjunct Project IRADAC
Light refreshments will be provided. All are . . . → Read More: Black Student Radicalism at CUNY: Past, Present & Future
The first #occupyCUNY Graduate Center General Assembly was a great success!!! So…
Our second GA will be held on Friday November 11th at 6pm in the 8th floor cafeteria of the CUNY Graduate Center.
As we build locally at our individual schools across CUNY, we are preparing for the CUNY-wide General Assembly (at Medgar Evers at 12pm on November 12th). It seems important to meet with folks on a school-to-school basis to plan for the student week of actions Nov 14th-21st (http://studentweekofaction.wordpress.com/), and to work toward CUNY-wide stuff more broadly, including the city-wide day of actions on the 17th and the student mobilization around tuition hikes on the 21st. Working groups will be convening to continue their work and report back. Come with your ideas!!!
You’re invited to the first-ever Occupy CUNY Graduate Center General Assembly! Friday November 4th @ 6pm Grad Center cafeteria on the 8th floor
Meet up with other GC and CUNY folks to plan for the student week of actions Nov 14th-21st, and to work toward CUNY-wide stuff more broadly, including Occupy Wall Street’s city-wide day of action on the 17th and the student mobilization against tuition hikes on the 21st.
Some other dates to mark on your calendar:
Fri 11/11 @ 3-5pm, GC Room 5409: Africana Studies, Adjunct Project, and IRADAC workshop collaboration: “Black Student Radicalism at CUNY: Past, Present, and Future” (speakers: Louis Reyes Rivera, 1969 CUNY Open Admissions Strike Leader; Prof. Michele Wallace, CUNY Graduate Center; Prof. Barbara Winslow, Brooklyn College; Hank Williams, CUNY Graduate Center; LaMont OyeWale Badru, Lehman College…check AP website soon for more info about this rad workshop)
Thurs 11/17: #OWS City-Wide Day of Action . . . → Read More: #occupyCUNY Graduate Center General Assembly this Friday 11/4 @ 6pm!!!
#occupyCUNY Radical Teach-In!
Where: Washington Square Park
When: Friday, October 21st, 6-9pm, or however late people want to stay!
What: Teach and learn about the intersections between Occupy Wall Street and the labor and education conditions of CUNY faculty, staff, and students. Strategize next steps and actions going forward!!!
Hello everyone! If you’re free tomorrow at TODAY, please try to make it to the Defending Public Higher Education Conference at the GC and the AP STRATEGY SESSION/SOCIAL DIRECTLY AFTER AT 3:30PM:
Friday, October 7: Defending Public Higher Education Conference at the Grad Center, 8:30am-3pm http://defendingpublichighereducation.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
Many GC/CUNY affiliates are endorsing this conference featuring several speakers, including the AP’s own Antonia Levy leading a discussion with Frances Fox Piven and a range of activists in the audience (see attached flyer). Their particular panel is from 1-3pm (free food 12-1pm!!!) Antonia needs us there to radicalize the convo with FFP and it might also be a good place to begin to think about stuff to discuss at the strategizing session later that day…
Right after the conference ends, the Adjunct Project will host a “Strategy Session Social” for undergrad/grad students, teachers, and community members to put the day’s discussions into action. . . . → Read More: Defending Public Higher Education Conference + AP STRATEGY SESSION SOCIAL TODAY 10/7!!!
Wednesday, October 5th!!!
National Student Walk-out against tuition hikes & budget cuts, and in solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet
+ COMMUNITY/LABOR MARCH TO WALL STREET!!! at 4:30pm at Foley Square, Duane St and Centre St (outside 26 Federal Plaza)
If you’re at Hunter College that day, a speak-out will occur at 1pm outside the Hunter West bldg at 68th and Lexington
Grad Center folks will meet in the lobby at 3:45pm for a caravan to leave at 4pm sharp (another group will also leave at 4:15pm if ou can’t make the first caravan) for a mass student/labor/community rally at *Foley Square* that will march to Liberty Plaza, the site of Occupy Wall Street.
More info about the rally:
Union workers and community members impacted by the economic crisis have been demanding that Wall Street and the wealthiest New Yorker’s pay their fair share of taxes.
Let’s march down . . . → Read More: Walk-out and Community/Labor March to Wall Street! WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5TH!
We welcome YOU to our first meeting of Fall 2011
on Tuesday, September 6th, at 4pm in CUNY
Graduate Center room 5409; i.e. JOIN US!!
1. person associated with lesser value, wages, importance;
2. person working at a college or university without full or
permanent job status or protection; i.e. precarious.
3. majority of educators at the City University of New York
who teach the majority of its courses; i.e. exploited.
1. organization of CUNY teachers and students who collaborate
to transform our university through workshops, reading circles,
conferences, PSC-CUNY union involvement, and creatively
robust forms of social justice; i.e. activated.
2. committed to anti-racism, anti-sexism, immigrants’ rights,
LGBTQI equality, diverse abilities; i.e. principled.
As most of you already know at this point, due to a resolution recently passed by the Welfare Fund, almost 2000 adjuncts may be without health insurance next year at this time. This crisis is complex–it is not entirely obvious where to point the finger. But one thing is certain–CUNY management has made it clear that they are going to attempt to pit their workers against each other, and to place the blame elsewhere, once again devaluing the health and well-being of the majority of its workforce.
PSC leadership recently contacted the AP co-coordinators about meeting to discuss this crisis and how to prevent it. This is truly a time for all of us–members of the AP, CCU, First Friday Committee, and any and all rank and file union members–to come together and commit to working as hard as we can to see that this doesn’t come to pass.
It . . . → Read More: Adjunct Health Insurance Crisis Meeting on Tues 8/30!!!
32BJ RALLY to Support Security Officers at CUNY Campuses Wednesday, June 8 CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue 3:30 to 5:30 pm
SEIU 32BJ is the union that represents the security officers at CUNY locations; more than 200 of these folks are facing the loss of their jobs this month. From the folks I have spoken to around the Grad Center, it appears that management is hiring new, non-union security officers for cheaper to fill their places. Many of the folks I regularly talk to have been upset about this a while; for them to call a rally is a major action. I believe we really need to demonstrate our solidarity and support for these folks; many of them signed the petition for our four demands in October. PLEASE, if you are not otherwise occupied, come to the Grad Center for a few hours on Wednesday. If you absolutely cannot . . . → Read More: RALLY THIS WEDNESDAY: Stand in Solidarity with other CUNY Workers
Welcome to the new CUNY Adjunct Project website! Here you’ll find information about teaching at CUNY, including (but not limited to) being a first-time adjunct; how to navigate your health insurance plan; what your rights and responsibilities are; what our contract looks like; and other issues affecting graduate student workers and adjuncts.
If you are teaching at CUNY, you should be a member of the Adjunct Project! On a broad scale, we work to empower you in the classroom. We try to
raise consciousness about academic labor issues inside and outside CUNY, educate GC adjuncts about ways to address these issues, and activate GC student-workers to improve their collective position as workers at CUNY.
Furthermore, the Adjunct Project seeks to organize its resources for graduate students around two areas: 1) labor issues and concerns, and 2) teaching resources and pedagogy. Both of these elements are key dimensions of empowerment in . . . → Read More: Welcome to the Adjunct Project!
By Zoltán Glück
First published at Tidal (http://tidalmag.org/race-class-and-disaster-gentrification/)
In the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy the inequalities at the heart of New York City could scarcely be missed. While hundreds of thousands of public housing residents went without heat, hot water or electricity, Mayor Michael Bloomberg rushed to get the stock exchange up and running within 48 hours—a stark reminder of whose lives and well-being are valued by current administration. In the immediate aftermath of disasters such contrasts lay bare the violence of race and class. Who is able to leave and who is able to return are questions about access to resources, vulnerability, and the existing geographies of economic and social inequality. But it is through the process of reconstruction that existing racial and class iniquities are truly reproduced and deepened. In New York City, as the power has finally come back on for residents and as reconstruction . . . → Read More: Race, Class, and Disaster Gentrification
Originally published on March 1st on at Student Activism (http://studentactivism.net/2013/03/01/friday-roundup/). This occasional roundup of student movement stories is put together by Isabelle Nastasia, a CUNY undergrad, New York Students Rising organizer.
Rest in Power, Trayvon Martin:
The Acts of Courage and Kindness that Came After Trayvon Martin’s Death – Colorlines
Marching to Sanford (a short documentary featuring the Dream Defenders, a coalition of black and brown youth fighting for immigration reform and an end to the school to prison pipeline and the prison industrial complex.)
Updates on educational injustice:
[Trigger warning: racist costumes and racial exploitation] USC Frat Planned a ‘Racist Rager’ Until a Mexican-American Students Put Them on Blast – Colorlines
Batraville and Lew Dod are Shortsighted, Unethical – Yale Daily News (Sneak peek: “As early as this April, Yale plans to welcome a training center for interrogators to its campus.”)
The Latest Education Craze Could Very Well . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Student Movement Stories