COVID Safety on Campus
Also, remember that you can get a booster shot 6 months after your last COVID vaccine (from UW Medicine or other places in Washington) and enroll in the Husky Coronavirus Testing program to access walk-in testing on campus.To get involved in union efforts around COVID safety and information, join the Return to Campus (RTC) Workgroup every other Monday (beginning 1/13) at 5pm during Winter quarter. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or join the Slack channel (#return-to-campus-organizing).
UC Student Researchers win union recognition
17,000 student researchers across the University of California won recognition this month!! Student Researchers United-UAW has been fighting since the University of California refused to recognize their union six months ago. Their epic win has ramifications for all academic worker unions–it shows university admin that we are a force to be reckoned with. We are so excited to welcome Student Researchers United to UAW!
Support Columbia Student Workers on Strike
Columbia Student Workers have been on strike for their first contract since November 3, and in recent weeks Columbia admin has been threatening to replace those who continue striking. Student Workers are making reasonable demands on issues such as fair wages and neutral third-party arbitration for issues of harassment and discrimination. At UW, we know how important it is to have these kinds of contractual protections. If you can, please support their fight for a fair first contract by contributing to the hardship fund!
Our Anti-Discrimination Working Group has released a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) toolkit! You can see it and share it here: http://www.tiny.cc/4121DEI.At the University of Washington, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, trans, queer, disabled, and other minority UW students and Postdocs are not adequately supported, as demonstrated by recent UW-UAW equity surveys (2018-19, 2019-20). These surveys also emphasize the importance of structural change at the departmental and unit level: while students and postdocs generally lack confidence in the potential effectiveness of the institution as a whole, they report much more confidence in department-level efforts and local support resources like union representatives.
To address these and other similar issues, many departments/colleges have begun or revived existing Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) committees. This toolkit is for students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and other department stakeholders who want to form effective DEI committees, or who want to improve existing DEI efforts within their departments.
Braeden Van Deynze