February. 3, 2015 Continue reading “SUGS Quality of Life Rally!”
The old joke goes that graduate students are “paid to read.” It’s true, we read. A lot. But reading is not only what we are paid to do: we are paid to teach and mentor undergraduates; to conduct research for faculty; and to conduct our own research in order to write journal articles, papers for presentations at academic conferences, and, finally, a book-length dissertation. The work we do isn’t just meant to advance our own careers in an increasingly brutal academic job market. Our teaching and mentorship helps Brown make good on its promise of delivering a rigorous, engaged, and collaborative undergraduate education. And our academic work burnishes Brown’s reputation as a prestigious research institution. Far from just getting “paid to read,” graduate students perform much of the intellectual labor that goes on at Brown. We represent a crucial motor that keeps this community running.
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In the past six months, we have seen a rising tide of challenges to higher education’s commitment to money over ideas. Across the country, members of the higher ed community are challenging the priorities of the contemporary market-driven university through antiracist actions, Title IX mobilizations, labor organizing, local crackdowns on university tax evasion, and convocation protests. What principles guide the U.S. university? Who does the U.S. university serve? Can it be reclaimed as an engine for a more deeply and broadly conceived public good?
Members of SUGS fielded questions, from Grads, Undergrads, Parents, and Faculty during the booth’s inaugural day, Friday October 24th, out on Waterman Street. We had the chance to to talk to members of the community about the challenges grad students face: from time to degree pressures and shrinking funding to the need for dental care. We also got to hear what people had to say, and pass out a fair number of fliers and oreos.
Look for the booth again soon!
Which department gives TAs the most students? The most hours of work? Which department offers labor alternatives to TAing? What fields and which scholars are a part of your core curriculum? Is your departmental culture inclusive?
We can’t fully know how Brown works—and how we can change it—if we don’t know how the departments work. Come to a SUGS Departmental Info Exchange to share notes, list departmental priorities, and find out how other students are dealing with department issues!
Thursday, October 2
7pm-9pm in the Grad Lounge
All grad students welcome. Hope to see you there!