Who We Are

President – Rithika Ramamurthy (6th year Ph.D in English, she/her): 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. I’m running with Action at Work because I believe that collective action is the best approach to holding the university accountable and advocating for shared democratic governance within higher education.

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Vice President – Kaity Hajdarovic (4th year Ph.D in Neuroscience, she/her): 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.

Treasurer – Keenan Wilder (4th year Ph.D in Sociology, he/him): 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 am excited to help establish our union’s new formal organization as a platform for building our power on campus and beyond.

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Secretary – Carin Papendorp (3rd year MD/Ph.D in Neuroscience, she/her): 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. As secretary, I will prioritize building a strong, equitable, and transparent union that serves to further the interests of all grads. I strongly believe that Brown works because we do and I’m excited to run as part of this unified slate. 

Coordinator for Social Justice and Accountability – Jared Loggins ( 6th year Ph.D in Political Science, he/him): As Social Justice + Accountability Coordinator, I want to guide actions and organizing around racial justice that will engage the union as a whole. I’ve had the privilege of leading local political education efforts with Reclaim Rhode Island on abolition, defunding the police, and prison divestment. One thing I want to build is a formal political education network for the union that strengthens racial and class-based analysis, and allows us to connect these social issues to the university context.

Coordinator for Communications – Talie Massachi (2nd year Ph.D in Computer Science, she/her): Hi all, I’m a second year PhD student studying computer science. I want to help GLO communicate with its members in a clear and transparent way (with a more comprehensive website and straightforward member updates), and help members communicate their needs to union leadership (with a dedicated system for member questions and responses). For more information on me see my website: https://talie.town.

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Coordinator for Organizing – Audrey Massmann (3rd year Ph.D in Ecology + Evolutionary Biology, she/her):  Conversations are the building blocks of labor power. 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. In conversations, we build trust, and we hold each other accountable to take action for justice at work. I want to coordinate organizing to 1) ensure we hear from all grads across campus on a regular basis and 2) build leadership for workplace causes.

Political Director – Dennis Hogan (6th year Ph.D in Comparative Literature, he/him): 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 put our union power to work to build a more just university, city and state.

Lead Organizer for Workers in Master’s Programs – Claire Crews (2nd year MFA in Literary Arts, she/her): 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 size or duration 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 Social Sciences – Siraj Sindhu (3rd year Ph.D in Political Science, he/him): 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. Having served on the bargaining committee, I helped negotiate our contract, and I am eager to continue supporting grads, growing our union, and building a more just university!

Lead Organizer for Physical Sciences – Max Weinreich (4th year Ph.D in Math, he/him): 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 peculiar to our division get attention from administrators and other union organizers alike. I’m proud to run on this slate with many of my colleagues from the Bargaining Committee, because I know that we’ll guarantee security for workers with high teaching burdens and difficult laboratory working environments.

Lead Organizer for Life Sciences – Corinne Hutfilz (4th year Ph.D in Molecular Biology, all pronouns ok):  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. My position as GLO representative to the Research Continuity Committee has been a big step in granting grad workers a say over their pandemic working conditions. Together with the COVID working group, we’ve achieved many reforms to University policy, but it’s not nearly enough. It’s my goal to raise grad worker voices to a level that administration can no longer ignore.

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Lead Organizer for Humanities – Sherena Razek (3rd year Ph.D in Modern Culture and Media, she/her): 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.

Lead Organizer for International Graduate Workers – Ana G. San Martín (2nd year Ph.D in Archaeology, she/her): During my first year here at Brown, I worked with the  union to build a response group to ICE repression and threats to address the intensified vulnerability of international grad student workers (incoming, returning and remaining). As an international grad my priority is to ensure an integrative approach to claiming and gaining labor rights, and fighting discrimination, coercion, and abusive practices in the workplace. That means our union should have a vision and practices that are intersectional and global — feminist, anti-racist, anti-xenophobic,  and  anti-ableist). I bring these commitments as a non-US-national worker, and bring this political vision to fight for them at our Brown workplace.

 

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