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,
  • provide political education to GC adjuncts about ways to address these issues, and
  • activate GC student-workers to improve their collective position as workers at CUNY.


Current Initiatives

Collaborating on #InsureCUNY. A third of CUNY Graduate Center PhD students receive tuition assistance only &, unlike their fully-funded counterparts, are not guaranteed health insurance. This is unacceptable. Particularly so in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re fighting for Universal Doctoral Student Health Insurance.

Collaborating for Full and Fair Funding for all doctoral students. Approximately 30% of incoming doctoral students do not receive full five-year funding packages. Students who only receive tuition waivers face out-sized obstacles to the completion of their programs. We’re fighting for full and fair funding.

Collaborating on #CUNYStrikeReady. Post the final resolution, “PSC Must Prepare for Strike- Readiness As Part of the Fight to Save Lives, Save Jobs, Save CUNY”, presented by PSC leadership, passed at the PSC Special DA 11.23.2020, with amendments from the Cross Campus Strike Authorization Vote Coalition (CCSAVC), the Adjunct Project’s #CUNYStrikeReady Teach- In Listening series launched in December 2020 as a continued commitment to the effort to support #CUNYStrikeReady. We’re fighting for #CUNYStrikeReady.

Collaborating on External Labor Relations. The Adjunct Project believes in organizing in solidarity with all workers. We work to uplift the external labor struggles at CUNY as a part of our political education to graduate workers and adjuncts, while also working to uplift CUNY labor and student struggles externally. We’re fighting in solidarity with all workers.


Past Initiatives

Developing and implementing the “Toward a Just Contract” campaign. In connection with the expiring contract between the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) and CUNY in November 2017, our multifaceted campaign highlights the issues and communities that are integral to achieving a just contract, broadly considered, in the next round of bargaining. (See the first volume of our related zine!)

Collaborating with the DSC to address tuition payments/permanent tuition remission for GC doctoral students. Currently tuition remission expires for GC doctoral students after their first five years/10 semesters as registered students, proving a significant financial burden for the many students who need more time to complete their degrees, especially given how much teaching and other instructional labor we provide CUNY overall.

Continuing our outreach to GC programs and CUNY campuses begun in spring 2016 vis-à-vis the PSC strike-authorization vote but with an eye to the next contract: specifically, holding conversations with and activating more GC student-workers and CUNY adjuncts to participate in academic-labor organizing.

Connecting with graduate-employee unions at private universities in the aftermath of the National Labor Relations Board decision of August 2016 that such unions must be recognized by employers.


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 Supported by the CUNY Doctoral Students Council.