We write today to ask you to join together with us to improve our pay, benefits, and working conditions by forming a union, as over 120,000 higher education workers have done across the country.
As you may know, the National Labor Relations Board now legally recognizes graduate students who perform teaching or research duties as employees. This is a long-overdue acknowledgement of the work we do at Emory, where we play an increasingly important role in fulfilling the education and research mission of the university.
Despite these substantial contributions, graduate students lack a voice in determining the conditions of our employment. Our community shares a set of common concerns. We want: • Stipends that amount to a living wage • Inclusive healthcare with dental, vision, better coverage for women’s health, and options for dependents • Recourse in situations involving discriminatory, exploitative, and/or self-interested advisors • Recognition and adequate representation of individual departments’ interests • Security within our current political climate, where the uncertain future of research and education policy threatens those who depend on NSF, NIH, or NEH grants • The declaration of Emory as a Sanctuary Campus • A stronger voice in the Emory community for members of underrepresented groups
By forming a union, we can strive together to improve every aspect of our employment. If you support the unionization effort, please sign an online authorization form (https://action.seiu.org/page/s/gradstudentsforward). It is the most important step to advance us toward an official vote.
Joining together at Emory will unite us with unionized campuses throughout the country who are giving themselves a voice in the direction of higher education as a whole. We have begun organizing with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest and fastest-growing union in America. Their Faculty Forward campaign has organized graduate students at many of our peer institutions, including Duke, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern.
Emory as a whole only stands to gain. Competitive benefits and stipends will allow our departments and faculty to recruit the best graduate students. Undergraduates will have better classroom experiences when their teachers are free from instability. The essential work of this institution, its education and research, will only be furthered by a union that grants us the support and dignity we deserve.
If you would like more information, have concerns to share, or would like to find out how you can help, please contact the organizing committee at EmoryGOC@gmail.com. You can also learn more by visiting our website at http://emorygradunion.org.
Fellow graduate students at Emory, it’s time to unite!
We have appended below the signatures of faculty and undergraduate students who also support our effort to form a union.
Your Friends and Colleagues,Karl Schmid, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Division of ReligionHannah Simon, Ph.D. Student, PsychologyMichael Chiddo, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyAbby Scribner, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureTarangini Saxena, Graduate Student, Master's of Development PracticeScott Schnur, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyVineet Tiruvadi, Ph.D. Student, Biomedical EngineeringMarlo Starr, Ph.D. Student, EnglishCameron Thurber, Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative LiteratureEmma Meyer, Doctoral Candidate, History DepartmentBen Davis, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyBenjamin Clary, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureSarah Trebat-Leder, Ph.D. Student, MathematicsMelanie Pincus, Ph.D. Student, NeuroscienceTesla Cariani, Ph.D. Student, EnglishCid Standifer, Ph.D. Student, HistoryRyan Fics, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureDanielle Lee Wiggins, Ph.D. Candidate, HistoryJonathan Basile, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureTaryn D. Jordan, Ph.D Student, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesEric Flohr Reynolds, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureBrendan Moore, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureJulia López Fuentes, PhD Student, History DepartmentMark Colasurdo, Ph.D., Biomedical EngineeringJoseph Benavides, PhD Student, PhilosophyHugo Bujon, Ph.D, French and Italian departmentCaroline Schwenz, Ph.D. Student, EnglishJames Callahan, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyJoevenn Neo, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyBrady Beard, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Division of ReligionDian Dian, Ph.D. Student, Women's, Gender and Sexuality StudiesMukasa Mubirumusoke, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyAshley J. Swain, Ph.D. Student, NeuroscienceRay Serrano, PhD Candidate, Health Policy and ManagementMandakh Bekhbat, Ph.D. Student, NeuroscienceLiz Alexander, Ph.D. Student, SociologyYasmin Marrero, Ph.D. Student, NeuroscienceLuis Velasquez, Graduate Student, Candler School of TheologyIxavier Higgins, PhD Student, Biostatistics and BioinformaticsAaron Wallace, MD Candidate, MedicineAndrew Zonderman, PhD Student, HistoryMolly Slavin, PhD student, EnglishHaylee Harrell, Diversity Graduate Fellow, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesLilyana Levy, Ph.D Candidate, Philosophy Adam Reynolds, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyPalak Taneja, Ph.D. Student, EnglishMadelyn Stone, PhD Student, History DepartmentJoel Michael Reynolds, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyStephanie Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative LiteratureMelinda Robb, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureTracy Martin, Ph.D student, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lauren Edwards, Ph.D. Student, NeuroscienceSara Bramlett, Ph.D. Student, Molecular and Systems PharmacologyJasmine Hope, Ph.D. Student, NeuroscienceCharly Verstraet, Ph.D. Student, FrenchMike Lehman, Ph.D. Student, EnglishSamia Vasa, PhD Student, Women's, Gender and Sexuality StudiesEmily Pingel, PhD Student, Sociology Tahereh Aghdasifar, PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute of Liberal ArtsIrem Ebeturk, PhD Candidate, SociologyStephanie Koziej, Graduate Student, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesJia Song, PhD Student, Chemistry DepartmentAaron Goldsman, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of EnglishBryan Chitwood, Ph.D. Student, EnglishLuke Hagemann, Ph.D. Student, HistoryEric Andreansky, Ph.D. Student, Department of ChemistryMarion Tricoire, Ph.D. Student, French and ItalianTsering Bum, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyDaniel Yu, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureHamilton Cook, Ph.D. Candidate, Islamic Civilizations' StudiesVarun Saravanan, Ph.D. Candidate, NeuroscienceZihao Wang, Ph.D. Student, Computer ScienceMiranda Delahoy, Ph.D. Student, Environmental HealthB. Tamsin Kimoto, Ph.D. Student, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesJoi R. Orr, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Division of ReligionJumi Ekunseitan, MA Student, Film and Media StudiesRae Hunter, Ph.D. Student, Cancer BiologyBisan Salhi, PhD Candidate, AnthropologyAnna Grace Tribble, PhD Student, AnthropologyChristina Rogers, PhD Student, Department of AnthropologyNikola Garcia, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyMadison Bondy, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyCasey D. Hall, PhD Student, Behavioral Sciences and Health EducationMarisela Martinez-Cola , Ph.D. Student, SociologyCraig Alder, Ph.D. Student, SociologyJennifer Hayward, Ph.D. Student, SociologyAshley Parcells, PhD Student, HistoryTrent Ryan, Ph.D. Student, SociologyJess Libow, Ph.D. Student, English Hanne van der Iest, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyZulkar Khan, Law StudentMinwoo Lee, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyUpali Sraman, Ph.D. Student, ReligionJu Hyun Park, Ph.D. Student, SociologyCamilla Margaroli, PhD, GDBBSLisa Mills, PhD Student, Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Ioulia Fenton, PhD Candidate, Anthropology Rachel Kolb, PhD student, EnglishHannah Ratner, Ph.D. Student, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Anlam Filiz, PhD Candidate, AnthropologyJosh Cohen, Ph.D Candidate, EnglishRebecca McGlynn, Ph.D student, EnglishAlyssa Duck, Ph.D. Student, EnglishSarah Harsh, Ph.D. Student, EnglishMichelle Su, Ph.D Student, Microbiology and ImmunologyWilliam Curatolo, Ph.D. Student, MathematicsSean Bresler, Ph.D. Student, ChemistryKylie Ainslie, PhD Student, Biostatistics and BioinformaticsWarren Shull, Ph.D. Student, MathematicsHelen Siaw, PhD Student, ChemistryRoshni Patel, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyAndrew Persichetti, PhD Student, PsychologyJordan Stewart-Rozema, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyGregory Vansuch, Ph.D. Student, ChemistryRyan C. Kendall, Ph.D. Student, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesLukas Hoffmann, Ph.D. Student, BiologyDayne Alexander, Ph.D. Student, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesTaina Figueroa, PhD Student, PhilosophyKit Slover, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyLucilla Pan, PhD Student, PhilosophyTawni Tidwell, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyRyan Freeman, Ph.D. Student, PhysicsDerek Novacek, PhD Student, PsychologyVrinda Kalia, PhD Student, Environmental HealthKristyn Sessions, Ph.D. Student, GDRChristopher Bui, Physician Assistant Student, School of MedicineErin Falk, Grad Student, MedicineAmara Frumkin, Student, School of MedicineKatherine Overman, Ph.D. Student, PhysicsHanne Blank, Ph.D. Student, HistoryMaría de los Ángeles Picone, PhD Candidate, HistoryMelinda D. Johnson, Ph.D. Student, Sociology Courtney Rawlings, Ph.D. Student, Art History Patricia Lewis, Ph.D. Student, Sociology Si'Ana Coggins, PhD Student, Biochemistry, Cell, and Developmental BiologyClarissa Garvey, Ph.D. Student, Mathematics and Computer ScienceVioleta Ruiz Espigares, PhD student, Comparative LiteratureYonglun Jiang, Ph.D. Student, PhysicsThomas Hassett, Ph.D. Student, PsychologyAhmed, Phd Student, PhysicsQiang Yao, Ph. D. Student, PhysicsMatías Bascuñán, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureJacob Burman, Ph.D. Student, ChemistryCorey Goergen, Ph.D Student, EnglishJessica Dugan, Ph.D. Student, PsychologyStephanie C. Iasiello, PhD Student, EnglishCaroline Warren, PhD Student, WGSSTimothy Schum, PhD Student, Islamic Civilizations StudiesElizabeth Barfield, PhD Student, NeuroscienceLeslie Johnson, PhD Student, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education J. Christopher Rounds, Ph.D. Student, Genetics and Molecular BiologyBrindar Sandhu, Ph.D. Student, Genetics and Molecular BiologyAnaïs Stenson, Ph.D. Student, PsychologyAlexandra O'Sullivan, Ph.D. Student, Human GeneticsAmanda P. B. Evans, PhD Student, Emory School Of Medicine, Department of PsychiatryCaitlin Bridges, Ph.D. Student, ChemistryCara Shields, Ph.D. Student, Cancer BiologyAmanda Arulpragasam, Ph.D. Student, PsychologyGloria Faboyede, Ph.D. Student, PsychologySamantha VanHorn, PhD Student, Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Tyler Smith, Ph.D. Student, Physicsc. Holly Lewis, MD, PhD Candidate, GDBBS, School of MedicineStephanie Miedema, PhD Student, SociologySara Redd, PhD Student, Behavioral Sciences and Health EducationDavid Cloud, PhD Student, Behavioral Sciences and Health EducationRodrigo Therezo, Ph.D. Student, Comparative LiteratureJoshua Lewis, Ph.D. Student, Cell BiologyManuela Ossa Holmgren, Ph.D. Student, French & ItalianRaven Hardy, Ph.D. Student, NeuroscienceNicole Morris, Ph.D. Student, EnglishJustin Shaw. PhD Student, English LiteratureMiriam Kilimo, Ph.D. Student, AnthropologyRachel Commander, Ph.D. Student, Cancer BiologyMargaret Matthews, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyAndrew Culbreth, Ph.D. Student, PhilosophyDanielle Clarkson-Townsend, Ph.D. Student, Environmental Health
FacultyDavid Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry & Biology, Department of ChemistryDeborah Elise White, Associate Professor, English and Comparative LiteratureElissa Marder, Professor and Chair, French; Comparative LiteratureGeoffrey Bennington, Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought, Comparative Literature/ French and ItalianDalia Judovitz, NEH Professor of French, French and ItalianSubha Xavier, Assistant Professor, French & ItalianKatherine Bryant, Postdoc, AnthropologySean Meighoo, Assistant Professor, Comparative LiteraturePatricia Cahill, Associate Professor, English Walter Kalaidjian, Professor, EnglishKevin Corrigan, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Middle Eastern and South Asian StudiesKaren S. Rommelfanger, Assistant Professor, Center for Ethics, Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (School of Medicine)Emily Leithauser, Visiting Assistant Professor, EnglishJill Robbins, Professor, Department of Religion and Comparative LiteratureAngelika Bammer, Faculty, Comparative LiteratureDavid Hofmann, Postdoc, PhysicsSharon Strocchia, Professor, History DepartmentLeslie A. Real, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Director, Center for Disease Ecology, Department of BiologyWalter Reed, Director, Institute of Liberal Arts, William Rand Kenan, Jr. University Professor, Comparative Literature & EnglishYanna Yannakakis, Associate Professor, HistoryMarta Jimenez, Assistant Professor, PhilosophyArri Eisen, Faculty, Biology, ILA, Center for EthicsCraig Womack, Associate Professor, Department of EnglishRichard Rubinson, Professor, Department of SociologyLynne Huffer, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)Jonathan Prude, Associate Professor, HistoryScott Kugle, Associate Professor of South Asian and Islamic Studies, MESASLisa Dillman, Faculty, Spanish and PortugeseIrene Yang, Assistant Professor, NursingPat Marsteller, Professor of Practice, Department of Biology
Undergraduate StudentsClara Perez, Undergraduate, SociologyLindita, Undergraduate, AnthropologyJonathan Peraza, Undergraduate Student, SociologyNathan Braswell, Undergraduate Student, EconomicsChristella Dhammaputri, Undergraduate Student, ChemistryEsther Garcia, Undergraduate Student, AnthropologyLinga Ndambasha, Undergraduate Student, UndeclaredNingyi Zhang, Undergraduate Student, undecidedClaudia Tung, Undergraduate, PsychologySarah Hesse, Undergraduate Student, AnthropologyEmma Jost-Price, Undergraduate Student, Art HistoryMelissa Mickiewicz, Undergraduate, Human HealthDeandre Miles-Hercules, Undergraduate Student, Linguistics/AnthropologyLiljuan Gonzalez, Undergraduate Student, PsychologySean Setzen, Undergraduate, NBB and Spanish Austyn Wohlers, Undergraduate Student, English/Creative Writing and Comparative LiteratureJocelyn Hong, Undergraduate Student, SociologyOcean Clarke, Undergraduate Student, English & Creative WritingJaeyeop Lee, Undergraduate Student, EnglishViktoriya, Undergraduate Student, PsychologyDaniela Ventura, Undergraduate StudentKathy Bui, Undergrad, NBBAkriti Singh, Undergraduate Student, NursingMarissa Zampino, Undergraduate Student, HistoryHangyul Song, Undergraduate Student, Political SciencePeter, Undergrad Student, PsychologyJakob Klaus, Undergraduate, BusinessMehtab Manji, Undergraduate, NeuroscienceLeigh Forsyth, Undergraduate, HistoryHannah Helmey, Undergraduate, History and EnglishZach Denton, Undergraduate, Sociology, Linguistics & SpanishJacob Aqua, Undergraduate Student, Interdisciplinary StudiesMaggie Martinez, Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
AlumniSean Wempe, Doctoral Alumnus, HistoryEllie Pourbohloul, Undergraduate Alumna, PsychologyDavid Michael Maggio, MPH, Alumnus, School of Public HealthAshleigh Dean, Doctoral Alumnus, HistoryNatalie Delia Deckard, Alumnus, Sociology