The Adjunct Project seeks to empower GC student-workers by serving as a resource 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 student-workers around two areas: 1) labor issues and concerns, and 2) teaching resources and pedagogy. Both of these elements are key dimensions of empowerment at the workplace for graduate student workers.
While the Adjunct Project seeks to help graduate student-workers address their immediate labor issues, a long-term goal of the project is to create a new culture at the Graduate Center that challenges the individualistic, atomized, competitive atmosphere of academia. We are also acutely aware of the ways that workers are exploited based on their race, their class, their gender identity and presentation, their ability, their sexuality, their immigration status and nationality, and the dispossession of their lands and neighborhoods through processes of settler colonialism and gentrification. We work diligently to center these contradictions, work against them, and to expose their invisibility in the larger labor movement in order to transform how our labor power is understood and used.
By working together to improve our collective position as student-workers at CUNY we can promote a culture that emphasizes a different set of values, replacing the academic culture of competitive individualism with one of support and solidarity.
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Lynne Turner, Co-coordinator for Organization and Planning
Lynne Turner is a PhD student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center with interests in Labor Movements, Social Movements, the American Class System, and Political Sociology. Prior to her studies at the Graduate Center, Lynne worked for two decades as an organizing director, researcher and educator in several labor and labor-community organizations, including SEIU’s Justice for Janitors, Jobs with Justice, UNITE HERE and New Jersey Communities United, organizing low-wage workers and building labor, community and global partnerships for economic justice. She was also an activist within the global justice and antiwar movements. Her research on SEIU’s Fight for a Fair Economy appears in “New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement” edited by Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott. Lynne also holds a M.A. in Labor Studies from CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies and teaches as an adjunct lecturer for the Murphy Institute and Hunter College. She is jazzed to be engaging the fight to end adjunct poverty and precarity at CUNY, towards a just contract in 2017 and for across the board parity for all CUNY faculty within a larger vision of a just university.
Jamila Hammami, Co-coordinator for Advocacy and Education
Jamila is a first generation Tunisian Arab American mixed person of color community organizer & social worker from the south, now based in NYC.
Jamila began organizing in 2003, with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and has been heavily involved in pro- soldier/ anti- war organizing as a child and partner of veterans ever since. More recently, they are a founder and was the Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. Founded in 2014, Jamila has worked with LGBTQI/ HIV+ immigrants in detention and post- detention. They have specifically worked on service provision, program development, organizing, advocacy and policy around the realities of immigrant prisons, violent xenophobic policies and Islamaphobia; while uplifting the voices of LGBTQIA+/ HIV+ immigrants that were previously detained.
Jamila is currently a PhD student studying Social Welfare with a concentration in Community Organizing. They’re a professor of Community Organizing at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, located at Hunter College Main. Jamila’s writing exclusively discusses immigrant rights, immigration injustice, mass incarceration/ industrialized punishment, prison abolition, and labor.
Jamila comes to this work with personal and familial experiences with the incarceration system and the military industrial complex, a background in reproductive justice, working to center woman, specifically trans and queer, of color’s voices in movements, and witnessing the impacts of migration and racism in their formative years in Texas. Jamila is a survivor of police brutality and the carceral system; but is fortunate to have been able to remain in the free world based on civil rights violations.
Michelle Gaspari Co-coordinator for Organization and Planning
Michelle Gaspari is a PhD student in cultural anthropology and an adjunct lecturer in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Baruch College. She has been working with the Adjunct Project on the Full and Fair Funding campaign since 2018. Previously to that, she founded reproductive justice organization Generation Action at her undergraduate institution, George Mason University. Her research focuses on humanitarianism, nationalism, and migration in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
Co-coordinator for Organization and Planning: Lynne Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-coordinator for Advocacy and Education: Jamila Hammami, email@example.com
Co-coordinator for Organization and Planning: Michelle Gaspari, firstname.lastname@example.org
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