The Executive Board is a 14-member body that is responsible for the primary governance of the Union. For information on the responsibilities of each position please refer to Article V of the Constitution. Refer to Article IV for election procedures.
President: Rithika Ramamurthy
As co-chair of the GLO bargaining committee, I fought hard over the course of 15 months to improve the material conditions of grad workers by winning us a contract that provides us the work protections and benefits that we deserve. As president, I will continue to organize and lead a powerful union that is a force for political good and labor rights at the university, be a strong voice in the labor movement both in Rhode Island and nationwide, and oppose Brown’s austerity program in higher education and the Providence community.
Vice President: Kaitlyn Hajdarovic
As co-chair of the bargaining committee, I helped us win a strong contract that increased our protections in the workplace. As VP, I will oversee the grievance committee to make sure every grad worker has protections from discrimination and harassment, make sure the details of the contract are enforced, and continue to organize towards workplace rights for all at the university.
Secretary: Carin Papendorp
Since I first came to Brown as an undergrad in 2013, I’ve been dedicated to holding the University accountable to its students and workers. I’ve written op-eds calling for an end to unpaid undergraduate research, higher pay for TAs, and greater transparency surrounding big donors. I will continue this track record of accountability in the role of Secretary. Thorough records of all general member meetings, negotiations with the University, and grievances will help us enforce our new contract. I’ve been a GLO member since Fall 2019 when I started in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. I helped manage GLO social media accounts during our fight for a contract. Going forward, I want to see a strong, equitable, and transparent union that serves to further the interests of all grads. During the COVID19 pandemic, grads were some of the last to leave campus and the first to return, highlighting the fact that Brown works because we do.
Treasurer: Keenan Wilder
I have been a GLO member and active organizer since I came to Brown in 2017. I helped organize with other grads during our union election and contract campaign. Since then, I also took the lead running the online votes held to ratify our new contract and constitution. I believe that organizing is the only way to build a strong social justice union. I look forward to expanding our union’s new formal organization as a platform for building our power on campus and beyond.
Political Director: Dennis Hogan
Since joining GLO in 2014, I have been an organizing committee member, helped negotiate our union recognition agreement, and organized during our election and contract campaigns. I currently serve as the electoral coordinator for Reclaim RI; this summer I built a field operation that helped four progressive candidates win General Assembly primary elections. I am excited to help shape our political agenda and use our connections and resources to support activist and political work at Brown, in Providence, in Rhode Island, and within the labor movement.
Coordinator for Social Justice and Accountability: Laura Garbes
I have been a member of GLO since 2016, and I am proud to be part of a feminist, anti-racist union. Building collective power is essential to creating a more equitable workplace. As Social Justice + Accountability Coordinator, I want to grow our efforts in mobilizing the union as a tool for social justice on two levels: first, in creating more equitable conditions within the Brown workplace and, second, in standing steadfastly with anti-racist, anti-colonial struggles globally. I will put in the work to ensure that our membership uses its collective voice to fight for broader issues of racial, gender, and economic justice.
Coordinator for Communications: Talie Massachi
Our union has done a lot of good securing a contract, but now I want to help GLO communicate with its members in a clear and transparent way, and help members easily communicate their needs to union leadership. It’s not grads’ job to seek information; we need to build a union that reaches everybody. Here’s how we do it:
– Actively seek input from grads of all demographics on what resources will boost engagement in our union
– Standardize our branding so we can present as a strong and united group
– Build a Communications Committee with the capacity to keep all online resources up-to-date
– Provide a secure chat and secure phone number for in-the-moment issues; right now online communications are mostly one-way. We need to build methods of listening.
Coordinator for Organizing: Audrey Massmann
Conversations are the building blocks of labor power. In conversations, we build trust, and we hold each other accountable to take action for justice at work. I have had hundreds of one-on-one conversations with grad workers at Brown to help coordinate our fight for a fair contract. As labs reopened, I co-founded our union’s COVID-19 Self-Defense Group through which we organized and won better PPE, regular testing for on-campus workers, and TA choice to teach online. Now, as Coordinator for Organizing, I want to realize our union’s potential by recruiting and supporting union leaders in every single department and work location.
Lead Organizer for Workers in Master’s Programs: Claire Crews
I am dedicated to building connections among masters students and making the union an approachable, tangible resource for grad students across departments no matter the duration or size of their programs. I believe that we will be able to advocate most effectively for students in all departments if we have a presence in all departments. As a fiction writer, I believe that the first step towards a more equitable future is imagination and worldbuilding.
Lead Organizer for International Graduate Workers: Ana González San Martín
During my first year here at Brown, I collaborated with people in the union in the response group to the crisis with ICE and the vulnerable situation of international grad student workers (incoming, returning and remaining). As an international myself, I´m aware of the many intersectionalities involved in the process of claiming and gaining work rights and fighting discrimination and abusive practices in the workplace. Ensuring that an integrative (feminist, anti-racist and anti-xenophobic as well as anti-ableist), globally political vision from non-US-national workers is taken into account in all these processes is a priority for me. Action at Work will realize this vision of defending international grads’ rights in the workplace by broadening and diversifying our union leadership, and taking responsibility for all grads’ needs!
Lead Organizer for Physical Sciences: Max Weinreich
I’ve been involved in the union for a long time, first as the Math department organizer, then in the Bargaining Committee, and most recently on the Constitution working group. Through it all, I’ve been one of the few organizers from Physical Sciences, making sure that the issues particular to our division get attention from administrators and other union organizers alike. Working together as a union, I know we will fight the Brown administration on tough issues, like COVID preparedness and financial security, and win.
Lead Organizer for Life Sciences: Corinne Hutfilz
My work for the union revolves around achieving COVID protections for grads. This is policy that determines our health, our lives, and the risks imposed on our loved ones, so I believe grads have every right to shape it to our needs. Instead, decisions are still largely made without us. It’s my goal as the Lead Organizer for Life Sciences to raise grad worker voices to a level that administration can no longer ignore.
Lead Organizer for Humanities: Sherena Razek
I am dedicated to building union membership and involvement across the humanities departments and advocating for our rights as grad workers. Winning a fair contract is a testament to the strength of our labour power, but this is only the beginning! I believe in a union committed to transformative approaches to social, racial, gender, economic and environmental justice both on and beyond our campus, from Palestine to Turtle Island.
Lead Organizer for Social Sciences: Siraj Sindhu
As Lead Organizer for Social Science, I am eager to build a union that is highly responsive to the issues grads are facing. My conversations with colleagues since coming to Brown have given me a deep appreciation for the challenges that are faced by grads in social sciences — including, for example, problems with teaching loads, insufficient office space, funding during the summer and support for fieldwork, dissertation data collection and processing, job market preparation for non-academic work, and more. I have experience standing up for grads from serving on the union’s bargaining committee last year, and I am eager to continue supporting my colleagues, growing our union, and building a more just university.