Join A Committee

Aside from committees that are struck on an issue-based ad-hoc basis, the following are committees that meet and/or communicate regularly throughout the academic year. If you wish to join a committee, have questions about or for one, write to the coordinator/point-people for that committee and copy gsu@riseup.net. If there’s a committee that should be here but isn’t, write to us if you would like to help in setting it up. Please note that committee meetings will be limited during academic breaks – if in doubt, contact the point person(s) for the committee in question.

Steering Committee

Our main day-to-day decision-making body, subject to the oversight of the Stewards Council and ultimately membership. Our co-presidents, general secretary, communications secretary, financial secretary and divisional representatives have a seat on this committee. The steering committee meets every week, at a set time every quarter, and meetings are open to all members. As of Spring 2018, this committee meets on Tuesdays at 6 PM at the GSU office (1525 E. 55th St, “Deco Arts” Building, Suite 300). To find out how to bring something to the agenda, get in touch with us: reach out to your departmental organizers, or contact GSU via social media or email.
Point-person: e-mail GSU (gsu at riseup dot net) for further information.

Stewards’ Council

Committee of the elected stewards of our union. Stewards are responsible for building an engaged membership in their department and receiving grievances as needed. Responsible for overseeing the Steering Committee. The Stewards’ Council meets once a month. Meetings are open to all members of GSU. The first meeting of the Stewards’ Council is scheduled for Monday, May 21 at 6 PM at the GSU office (1525 E. 55th St, “Deco Arts” Building, Suite 300).
Point-person: e-mail GSU (gsu at riseup dot net) for further information.

Work Action Committee

Developing strategies and actions for getting the administration to the table as legally mandated. Meets on Wednesdays, 6-7 PM at the GSU Office (1525 E. 55th St, “Deco Arts” Building, Suite 300).
Point-person: Peter Malonis, Computational Neuroscience (pjmalonis@gmail.com).

Bylaws and Constitution Committee

Following the work of this committee in the Winter quarter of 2018, a new constitution was ratified by the membership in an online referendum on February 8 and 9, 2018. The work of this committee involves revising our bylaws and constitution in accordance with requirements set by national labor law and our affiliates (AFT/IFT/AAUP). Final adoption of revised bylaws and constitution will only occur through approval by the membership via democratic referendum.
Point-person: Savi Sedlacek Kunze, History (smsedlacek@gmail.com).

Bargaining Research Working Group

Following the release of our bargaining survey in February 2018, this committee has worked on analyzing the responses from hundreds of grads on our campus. Stay tuned for more information.
Point-person: Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, Medical Physics (eyjolfur88@gmail.com).

Charting, Mapping, and Recruitment Committee

Responsible for maintaining the database of members, organizing information on grad jobs, and mapping our workplaces.

Parents’ Committee

Aims to work toward affordable childcare options for graduate student parents and for better integration of family (and other forms of life) within the University community, allied with the Student Parent Group (SPG) on campus.
Parents’ Committee Coordinator: Timothy Gutmann, 6th year, Islamic Studies, (timothy.gutmann@gmail.com).
Student Parent Group Coordinator: Nadia Inji Khan, 5th year, Islamic Studies (inji@uchicago.edu).

Communications Committee

Tasked with managing our social media platforms, editing and disseminating GSU literature, member emails, and weekly email news. In the Winter quarter of 2018 the Communications Committee meets at the Regenstein Library on Tuesdays at 4 PM. If you would like to join this committee, please contact the point people for a location of the next meeting.
Point people: Katie Nolan, English, Communications Secretary (katiefnolan@gmail.com).

Gender Committee

To address issues that come up in our working conditions in the university as well as within the union that deal with gendered relations of power from an intersectional perspective.
Point-person: e-mail GSU (gsu at riseup dot net) for further information.

Health Care Committee

Tasked with researching our student healthcare and developing an informed vision for better care.
Point-person: Yukun Zeng, Anthropology (zengyk91@gmail.com).

Sciences Committee

To expand GSU members in the sciences broadly, to learn more about grad student employee life in the sciences, to build relationships and campaigns there.
Point-person: Benjamin Blanchard, Evolutionary Biology (bblanchard@fieldmuseum.org).

Solidarity Committee

To build connections with community groups, student groups, and organized labour on campus and across the city. Meets on Mondays, 2 PM at Sanctuary Cafe (5655 S University Ave).
Point-person: Noah Hansen, English (noah.hansen58@gmail.com).

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