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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Co- Organizer for Advocacy and Education
Leanne’s a first year sociology student at the GC and been working with sociology classmates to demand full and fair funding through the funding equity campaign. Outside of CUNY, Leanne has been organizing with her neighbors to build collective power around a vision of abolition in the community and reallocate police funding to municipal resources that can actually keep the community safe.
Co- Organizer 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- Organizer for External and Labor Relations
Jamila is a PhD student studying community organizing and social movements and a community organizing educator. Jamila has been involved in labor organizing at CUNY since 2018. For over 15 years, Jamila has organized in the LGBTQIA TS & GNC/ HIV+ migrant rights, racial and migrant justice, labor, reproductive justice, and the anti- war/ anti- imperialism movements. Prior to PhD school, Jamila was the former founding executive director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. Jamila’s research focuses on resistance movements of marginalized communities.
Attention (in subject line):
Co- Organizer for Advocacy and Education: Leanne Fann (she/her/hers)
Co- Organizer for Organization and Planning: Michelle Gaspari (she/her/hers)
Co- Organizer for External and Labor Relations: Jamila Hammami (they/them/theirs)