Towards a Parent-Oriented University

GSU has joined with Student Parent Organization (SPO) and the Doctoral Students Association at the School of Social Service Administration (DSA @ SSA) to create an opportunity to discuss parenting in the academy. Please join us on Thursday, May 10th at 2pm for a faculty-staff-student panel entitled “Towards a Parent-Oriented University”.

In her landmark 1973 essay, “Towards a Woman Centered University” Adrienne Rich puts quality childcare at the center of an inclusive and gender-egalitarian university. As the fortieth anniversary of Rich’s call to arms approaches and the University of Chicago is opening a child care facility, this panel looks towards the future of what a fully parent friendly university could be. Faculty, staff, graduate student panel on the current state of support for working parents across the university. Presentations will include: the faculty movement to create a childcare center on campus, current challenges to student, faculty, and staff parents, and the role of parents in the academy more broadly. In a general discussion, attendees will be invited to present their own suggestions.

May 10, 2012 (Th), 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
Childcare provided, please RSVP. 
Co-sponsored by SPO, GSU, and DSA @ SSA
Food and refreshments will be served.

Video: Watch GSU Members Deliver the #gradlaborcounts Petition to the NLRB

On December 13, members of Graduate Students United delivered the #gradlaborcounts petition to the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The delivery was preceded by a piece of street theater, in which grad student workers implored the NLRB to wake up out of its coma so that it can perform its duties of ruling on cases such that filed by grad students at New York University.

You can also see photos of the action here (link).

Remember, it’s not too late to sign the petition! The #gradlaborcounts site will be open for more signitures until the end of the year, when the NLRB will lose its quorum with board member Craig Becker’s term ending. Visit read more about the NYU case before the NLRB and to sign the petition.

Nov. 9: GSU Quarterly Meeting

The Graduate Students United Fall Membership Meeting fast approaches!

We will have an info session for people new to GSU and those of you just interested in an update on what GSU’s been up to, followed by a membership meeting where YOU, the members, have your voices heard. On the agenda:

  • GSU’s childcare campaign
  • Occupy Chicago
  • Agenda-setting for the coming months (what would you like GSU to take on?)

The membership meeting is also a perfect time to pay your annual $5 dues, or to sign up if you’re new to GSU.

And, of course, join us afterwards at the pub for beer and friendship.

GSU Fall Membership Meeting
November 9th
6:00pm – info session
6:30pm – membership meeting
7:30pm – pub night!

location: Stuart 105

Child Care Town Hall Meeting: May 19

Did you know that grad students occasionally find time to procreate?

Neither did the administration!

Graduate Students United is calling on the Administration to recognize and support graduate student parents. Please come to the Child Care Town Hall to tell us how YOU think the University of Chicago can be a better campus for graduate student parents.

Where: Reynolds Club South Lounge

When: May 19, 5pm

Childcare will be provided!

GSU Quarterly Meeting: April 14

Please join us for the Quarterly Meeting for the Spring Quarter today in Harper 130. We will go over updates on the recent projects that GSU has been engaging in and exchange ideas and concerns about our life here as Graduate Students.

Snacks and drinks and childcare will be provided. This is YOUR meeting, so bring your friends and your little ones for an hour of discussion on what all of us can do to make our university better! See you there!

PLACE: Harper 130 (Childcare in Harper 141)

TIME: 6-7pm, April 14 (TH)

GSU Quarterly Meeting: Jan. 27

Please join us for the Winter 2011 quarterly meeting.  We will be discussing: progress GSU is making toward unionization, recent teaching struggles in departments (that might be coming to yours soon), approval of the budget, and what YOU can do to help out.

Coming to the quarterly meeting is also a great opportunity to update annual dues ($5), and get to know your fellow GSUers in other departments.

Have a friend who hasn’t joined up yet?  Invite them along, and we will sign them up before the meeting!

Hope to see you (and your friends, and your coworkers) there. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: January 27
Time: 6pm
Location: Harper 140

Find Out More About Affiliation

Over the last two weeks, GSU members met and spoke with representatives from each of the five unions. But five separate meetings over two weeks were a lot, and many have suggested that we have one additional meeting where people can exchange impressions of the unions for those who have missed some or all of the meetings. So this coming Monday we will host an event where members can ask fellow members about the details of affiliation and the pros and cons of each of the unions that have visited. Food will be provided!

 Time: 6pm – 8pm, Monday, May 17

 Place: Stuart 105

Also, we have an updated flier with profiles and FAQ that you can download here (pdf). If you have any questions, you can also contact us at

See you all there!

Affiliation: Meet the Industrial Workers of the World

After a pair of great meetings with AFT-IFT and AAUP last Friday, today GSU members will meet the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Come join us to ask questions about the possibilities of organizing in affiliation with the IWW!

Place: Harper 141

Time: 7pm, Today (May 10)

Still not sure what all of our choices are? We have an updated flier with profiles and FAQ that you can download here (pdf). If you have any questions, you can also contact us at

Meet the Unions!

GSU officially kicked off its affiliation campaign and celebrated May Day with a cook-out at the Graduate Student co-op yesterday. Beginning this week, GSU members and graduate students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss questions with all five of our candidate unions. The first round begins this week with AFT-IFT (American Federation of Teachers and Illinois Federation of Teachers) and AAUP (American Association of University Professors).

When: Friday, May 7

Who: AFT-IFT (1:30-3:00), AAUP (3:00-4:30) and you!

Where: First floor lounge at Bartlett Hall

Still not sure what all of our choices are? We have an updated flier with profiles and FAQ that you can download here (pdf). If you have any questions, you can also contact us at