5 results for author: Alesia Lucas


Graduate students call out Congressional Republicans during national #GradWalkOut

Working graduate students took action across the country on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 including staging a walkout at Duke University, to protest the Republican tax bill being considered this week by the U.S. Senate. The tax plan has been criticized for discouraging our nation’s children to pursue their dreams of attending college by eliminating key tax deductions for students, including the interest paid on student loans and the tuition break for graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants. This could be disastrous for many graduate workers who already find it difficult to make ends meet on meager stipends. Since the ...

RSVP for your #CampusResistance event

SEIU's Faculty Forward is taking action to take a stand against Trump’s corporate cabinet and to make real change in our higher education system. Let's become an unstoppable force for change in higher ed by creating more opportunity for the next generation. Join us in action on March 1st because we deserve a path to a better life and a different future, one without crippling debt and poverty wages. Want to host an even on your campus? Click here to sign up. Any questions? Email us at action@seiufacultyforward.org.

Oppose Confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the numerous organizations listed below, we urge you to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. All parents and students in this country – a majority of whom are of color or are low-income[i] – want the best education, support and dignity for their own children. We stand with them and cannot support a nominee who has demonstrated that she seeks to undermine bedrock American principles of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and public education itself. The Secretary of Education’s role as an enforcer of education ...

Duke University Graduate Workers and University of Hartford Faculty File for Union Election

Thousands of graduate workers at Duke University and non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Hartford (Conn.) filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to form their unions. This is the first SEIU Graduate Worker Forward filing in the nation and first SEIU Local 1973/Faculty Forward filing in Connecticut. Around the country, the momentum to form unions at universities is building a groundswell that can’t, and won’t, be ignored. Graduate assistants at American University, the University of Southern California, Loyola University-Chicago, the University of Rochester, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Washington University of St. Louis ...

Nov 8th: It’s about the issues

You can’t turn on a TV without thinking about November’s election. But beyond the ads, slogans, and soundbites, we need to talk less about individual candidates, and more about the issues we’re voting for. As an adjunct professor, I am acutely aware of the many issues facing our students: economic uncertainty, crippling student debt, and racism. Because young people have the capacity to sway our elections, our elected officials need to be accountable to them. Now that student debt has crossed the $1 trillion mark, Democrats and Republicans alike need to wake up to the reality facing most of our students, and many of my colleagues. Without ...