Now more than ever, the future of higher education is at stake. We can expect Congress to attempt to cut federal research funding and the safety nets that protect all workers. Xenophobic acts and the threat of deportations make it all the more critical that we come together to protect each other. By joining with tens of thousands of academic workers across the country and hundreds of thousands of members of the UAW, we can work to protect STEM funding, the Optional Practical Training program, our civil rights, and the academic mission of teaching and research. We cannot meet these challenges individually. Instead, we have come together as HGSU-UAW, to use our collective power to stand up for the integrity of higher education.