Our next department representative meeting will be on November 16 from 5-7pm at Oglesby Student Union Room 311B.
If you are interested in becoming a department rep, this would also be a fantastic meeting for you to attend.
For this meeting, we will discuss the contract bargaining process with our bargaining chair Clancy McGilligan. This is a complex process that is not only important to every Graduate Assistant (GA) on campus, but also has ramifications for incoming graduate students as well. The more help we have with this, the better it is for all the GAs at FSU. Last meeting, we discussed grievances and had a lot of productive conversation. We hope to get even more great discussion going on this time too.
If you are interested in becoming a new Department Representative and are curious about what that entails, it means that you will:
1) attend monthly training sessions (food is provided!)
2) represent your department to GAU and GAU to your department;
3) recruit and give orientation presentations for your department;
4) experience a rewarding feeling from representing the union and hero status for helping out your fellow graduate students.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/139938636653819/ and help us get a count to prepare how much food we need. Also, let us know on Facebook if you have any dietary restrictions.
Congratulations to our new leaders for the upcoming year! They will officially take office April 15.
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We will be holding our Spring General Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 30, from 6:30-8:00 pm in WMS 013. During this meeting, we will accept nominations for all elected positions. They are detailed below, along with an overview of the election process.
We will also have an opportunity to meet Kyle Hill and Stacey Pierre, FSU’s new Student Body President and Vice President. Food will be provided.
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An Open Letter Against Bigotry
Graduate Assistants United (GAU), the labor union representing graduate assistants at the Florida State University (FSU), strongly condemns the scheduled appearance of Milo Yiannopoulos on our campus and finds it to be in direct contradiction to the University’s goals of creating an environment free from discrimination. Yiannopoulos, who was invited to speak by the FSU College Republicans, a Registered Student Organization at FSU, has a well documented history of racial discrimination and abuse targeted toward women, Muslims, and people of color, along with many other minority groups. He has actively encouraged harassment of vulnerable people, and his presence here can only amplify the hatred he enjoys instilling and inflaming in others.
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Please welcome Cristina Carter, who was just appointed as GAU’s first official Diversity Chair! Cristina is a Tallahassee native and first-generation American. A PhD student in the Religion department, Cristina is excited to help us broaden our outreach to the many diverse groups across campus. With plans in place to contact groups for veterans, students of color, students with disabilities, and the LGBT+ community, Cristina and the diversity committee will have lots to do in the coming months. If you want to be a part of this, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.