Announcing Elections for the GEO Organizing Committee

The Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) is holding annual elections to fill FOUR seats on the GEO Organizing Committee.

The GEO Organizing Committee is comprised of Graduate Assistants at UMass Boston. We work collaboratively to advocate for Graduate Employee rights on campus and enrichment opportunities for our members. Though one of the main functions of this position will be assisting in outreach to members and allies on campus in order to increase membership engagement, the duties are varied and are not strictly limited to outreach. Projects the Organizing Committee undertook this year include:

  • Writing for and editing the Graduate Advocate, our biannual publication.
  • Administering Scholarly Support Funds for students seeking funding to present at conferences.
  • Planning and hosting semester parties for members and allies.
  • Recruiting for and facilitating the Assembly of Stewards monthly meetings.
  • Developing communications content for the website, social media, and e-newsletters.
  • Collaborating with the University to address labor concerns which affect graduate employees.
  • Mediating member grievances.

This position will require a commitment of 4.5 hours per week starting in the fall 2015 semester. Every member of the Organizing Committee is responsible for holding weekly office hours and attending weekly meetings of the Organizing Committee.

All GEO members are eligible for this positionboth PhD and Master’s degree candidates. Candidates for this position must have at least one Graduate Assistantship on campus currently and be a full, dues-paying member of the GEO in good standing. Graduate employees who hold less than a full assistanship are eligible for ¼ assistantship upon election to the organizing committee. The ¼ assistantship includes a commensurate stipend, tuition remission, fee waiver, and healthcare reimbursement. Current graduate employees who currently hold full-time assistantships are encouraged to nominate themselves and, upon election, are eligible for hourly pay in lieu of an assistanship.

To apply, please complete the nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, followed by a two-week campaign period. The election will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 9am to 7pm and the winners will be announced on May 1, 2015 at the GEO May Day Party.

For more information about the GEO, please visit our website and for updates on what we’re doing, follow us on Facebook or Twitter . For questions regarding this position or the election process, please address questions to Joy Winkler.

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