The Grad School’s silence on its Diversity GE hire


As part of its contract negotiations for the contract in place from 2019-2022, the GTFF and UO agreed to a pilot program for the Diversity GE position. The agreement, which is Appendix K of our contract, states the following:

The “University agrees to fund each academic year one 0.49 FTE GE to provide support for one or more of the groups listed in Article 25, Section 2. In addition, the GE in this position shall coordinate with appropriate University units to develop resources specifically for underrepresented graduate students, with special attention to students of color, non-traditional students, parents, LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, survivors of sexual violence and harassment, and students seeking mental health support.

At the request of the Union or the Graduate School, the GE in this position shall meet quarterly, or more frequently by mutual agreement, with the President of the GTFF or their designee and the Dean of the Graduate School or designee.”

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Summary of the University of Oregon’s breakdown of ICE’s SEVP changes

On July 6th, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made changes to their Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The news release is linked here. These changes, which are really assaults through policy, entail that international students who are in the U.S. in fall term that do not enroll in a class with an in-person component are not eligible to be enrolled and thus may not remain in the United States. ICE makes clear that students who remain “May face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

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About communication barriers

By Hyunsoo Lee

Content warning: discussion and examples of racist language

I’ll begin by saying I’m grateful to friends for sharing your valuable thoughts and experiences. I am learning a lot through the shared thoughts, stories, and facts in our grad community.

Many people in US and worldwide, including those in my home country South Korea, still have biased understandings of the history and nature of racism and discrimination. Much of that comes from skewed media reports, biased educations, and a lack of effort and empathy.

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Meeting Minutes: June 15th, 2020

Location: Zoomland / Time: 3-5pm / Length: 100 minutes

Section numbers will refer to item numbers in the meeting agenda, which you can find here.
Minutes are assembled by the chair from the notes taken at the meeting. Proxies can be found in our Google drive folder.

Present: Ric, Audrey, Hyunsoo, Frankie, Rosa, Abram, Joel

Proxies: Joel

Note taker: Ric

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Meeting Agenda: January 17th, 2020

Location: Knight Library 123; meeting length: 50 minutes.
1. Introductions, check-in, and agenda approval (10 minutes)
2. Proposal – approve caucus charter (5 minutes, Ricardo)
3. Proposal – vote in chair (5 minutes, Ricardo)
4. Discussion – meeting with DEI Dean (5 minutes, Mushira)

Context: Mushira and others met informally with Padma, DEI dean at the UO graduate school, and would like to share their experiences with the caucus.

5. Proposal – protesting UO’s Coffee with a Cop (20 minutes, Ricardo)

Context: UO has a recurring event called “Coffee with a Cop” that’s designed to normalize police on campus. Details here, and a Daily Emerald article here. Recently, the Daily Emerald also reported that a UOPD officer was recently fired for “violating use of force policy; providing false information in report, testimony.” I would like to propose that we resolve to counter-table “Coffee with a Cop” events. The next one is on the Friday of this meeting, from 9am to 2pm, so we would be planning to protest future “Coffee with a Cop” events. The goal would be to push back against normalizing the arm of state violence, and agitate for the disarming of UOPD.

5. Announcements; check-out (5 minutes)
  • GTFF is having a GMM from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at South Eugene High School cafeteria on Friday, January 17th.
  • Creating Connections is having their third annual “Diversity Dinner” from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in Lillis atrium on Friday, January 17th.
  • CGE is having a bargaining session on Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Friday, January 17th.
  • CGE is celebrating their 20th anniversary on Friday, January 24th, from 5pm to 7pm. Boots Riley will be speaking at the event.