GEO Visa and Immigration Leave Survey

GEO Visa and Immigration Leave Survey


Are you an:
International Student
Domestic Student with immigrant/international dependents
DACA student?

Have you had any trouble with your visa, immigration, or DACA paperwork during your time at UIUC?

Then please fill out this survey! Please take by March 6th, 2017!

Here is the survey link (If you received an individual link via email, please fill that one out):


This semester the GEO will bargain a new contract with the University. In the contract proposal, GEO is working to address the needs of International and DACA employees on our campus. To bargain effectively, the GEO needs feedback from International, DACA, and Domestic students with international or DACA dependents to gain a better sense of their experiences and priorities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Bargaining Team will be crafting contract language proposals to address visa and immigration issues and they need to hear from you concerning immigration issues such as visa paperwork, delays in DACA renewal, receiving a Social Security Number, and many others.
The GEO does not share the answers you give in this survey outside of card-signed membership.


Tax Workshop 2017

Join us to learn how to navigate state, federal, and multistate taxes, presented by Nick Vogel, a certified public accountant. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. This event is made possible by the International Student Working Group and Graduate Employees’ Organization.
Coffee and snacks provided.


Location: La Casa Cultural Latina (1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL)
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00pm


Sanctuary of the People: Open Call for Action

UIUC Sanctuary of the People Poster

Sanctuary of the People UIUC invites all students, faculty, staff, and Champaign-Urbana community members to an open meeting regarding the sanctuary movement in our local community. What is sanctuary? How can we use sanctuary as means to create horizontal organizing networks to defend ourselves and our communities? How can you get involved? Join us to plan and organize together!
The event is Thursday, February 16, from 4-6 PM. The location is the Asian American Cultural Center, UIUC (1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801).
Link to the Facebook event page:
Come out and show your solidarity!

Resources for Information on Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Here are some resources from GEO’s info session with immigration attorney Lauren Anaya.


Resources for Information on the Trump Executive Order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries


1. Legal Background:

Presidential Executive Orders:

UIUC College of Law panel discussion 2/2/17:

2. General Sources:

UIUC information page regarding the order:

Office of the Provost, FAQ, Immigration Order of 1-27-17:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):


3. What you can do:

Understanding your rights:

American Immigration Council (AIC) “Know your Rights” refresher:

UIPD clarifies role in immigration enforcement:


GEO Election Results and Announcements

Hello Members,

We hope that all is well with you. Last Wednesday, at the first General Membership Meeting of the year, you voted on GEO committee chairs and the results are in! Congratulations to our newly-elected Grievance Chair Amanda Yuile and our newly-elected Communications Chair Maria Garth!

GEO Community & Campus Events:

Expanding Public Colleges in the Trump Era

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7th
Time: 5 pm
Location: Lincoln Hall, Room 1002.

Today, academic leaders will be tempted to double down on the private good definition of universities under a president who reveres private wealth and transactional business relationships. This talk argues that this will further reduce the university’s stature in the eyes of both the Trump administration and the public. In contrast, restoring the university’s broad public impact will fix its public reputation and reenergize its students and personnel. This lecture extends the argument of Newfield’s The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

There is also a Coffee Hour before the event with Chris Newfield Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 11 – 12:30 at the NTFC Office in the 2nd floor of the McKinley Foundation (809 S. 5th St., Champaign).

Executive Order Info Session for graduate students with immigration attorney Lauren Anaya

Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00pm
Latina/Latino Studies Conference Room (1207 West Oregon Street, Urbana)

Lauren will be talking about what an EO is and will explain the legal framework and proceedings for the current ban. She will also be available to answer questions.

In Solidarity,

Graduate Employees’ Organization

Executive Order Info Session With Immigration Attorney

The GEO is hosting an Executive Order Info Session for graduate students with immigration attorney Lauren Anaya

Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00pm

Latina/Latino Studies Conference Room (1207 West Oregon Street, Urbana)

Lauren will be talking about what an EO is and explain a little bit of the legal framework and proceedings for the current ban. She will also be available to answer questions.

GEO Statement in Response to Immigration EO

31 January 2017

GEO at UIUC Statement in Response to Immigration EO

To President Timothy Killeen and Chancellor Robert Jones,

We, the Graduate Employee Organization at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, are in solidarity with those affected by the immigration ban.

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that will have devastating effects on citizens, immigrants, and refugees. The EO proposes a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of seven Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia. Because of the EO, more than 134 million people are now banned from entering the U.S. The EO has resulted in the dismissal or detainment of refugees, tourists, students, professionals, and even permanent residents at airports and ports of entry. This attempt at safeguarding the U.S. from “radical Islamic terror” conflates terrorism with Islam by painting all Muslims as potential terrorists. The EO also bans Syrian refugees and calls for new and more rigorous immigration screening, even though the U.S. already implements the most rigorous vetting of refugees in the world. These new procedures are unequivocally directed to make it difficult for refugees fleeing from predominantly Muslim countries to gain entry into the U.S.

This EO, together with other recent actions taken by the Trump administration, will adversely affect the University and Champaign-Urbana communities by making it harder for our students, professors, researchers, lecturers, administrators, staff, and all of their families, to live and work with a sense of safety and dignity. President Killeen and Chancellor Jones have repeatedly stated having a strong commitment to making this institution a “world-class university,” and Trump’s EO affects the very people whose labor makes this a world-class institution.

Our demands include, but are not limited to:

1. Demand that the University support the international community at the University of Illinois, including the students, visiting scholars, staff, and faculty who are affected by Trump’s Executive Order, which would prevent them from reentering the United States if they leave the country

2. Demand that the University work to provide affordable housing to those who have been affected by the Executive Order if they are unable to return to their countries of origin

3. Demand that the University provide accessible specialized mental health and counseling support to those who have been affected

4. Demand that University provides those affected by this ban the necessary legal assistance to respond to the Executive Order and any future action on immigration policy taken by the current administration at no cost to them or their families

5. Demand that the University provide any necessary resources to International Student and Scholar Services for them to assist those affected

6. Demand that the University maintain a policy of not disclosing the immigration status of those affiliated with it

7. Demand that the University coordinate with peer institutions on furthering its commitment to these goals, and advocate for international students in the United States, regardless of immigration status, nationality, race, or religion

Furthermore, we demand that the University administration publicly condemn this divisive ban and articulate a detailed plan of action to provide substantial protection and support to all members of our campus community. Prior to taking any actions, the University administration must include those who are directly affected in the development of this plan.

In Solidarity,

The Graduate Employees’ Organization
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GEO General Membership Meeting Spring 2017




On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, at 6:30pm, we will be having our 1st General Membership Meeting of the year. The meeting will take place at the University YMCA basement in rooms K1 and K2. We will be talking about contract priorities, electing a bargaining team for our upcoming bargaining cycle, introducing GEO constitution amendments, and voting on committee officers! The agenda and potential amendments for the upcoming meeting are below. Food is provided. Children are welcome.

Pay raises for TAs and GAs

Effective in February (reflected in the March payroll) TAs and GAs on campus will receive a 2% raise in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between GEO and the University of Illinois. If you have any questions or if your raise is not reflected in your March paycheck please contact

GMM Agenda

February 1st, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
1st Spring Semester GMM
University YMCA K1 & K2

  1. Welcome and Agenda Overview
  2. Committee Updates and Event Announcements
  3. Committee Chair nominations
    1. Communications Chair
    2. Grievance Chair
  4. Introduction of Constitutional Amendments and Questions
  5. BRT, Research, and Pillars
  6. Q&A
  7. Getting Involved during Bargaining
  8. Voting
    1. Pillars
    2. BT Members


Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Article VII: Officers


4. Any two members in good standing may run as a team to the positions of Communications Officer, Grievance Officer, or Solidarity Officer. Teams elected for these positions will share a single vote, decided through consensus, in the CC.

If one of the members that ran as a team is unable to fulfil their responsibilities, the remaining member can continue to fulfil their elected position. The remaining officer, if they choose, may select choose to another member to fill the role as defined in Section 5b. The replacing officer will help with fulfilling the duties of the officer for the committee. The original officer can choose to either hold the voting power themselves or place their vote, through consensus.

5. Processes for re-appointing Officers:

  1. If a currently elected Treasurer, Officer-at-Large, or Co-president is unable to fulfil their responsibilities, they may suggest that someone else fill the role. The CC will then hold a meeting to appoint, via a vote, a member in good standing to fill the position, taking the recommendation of the current officer into account. Officers appointed in this manner will serve primarily to fill the duties of the position; they will not have voting rights on the CC.
  2. If a currently elected Grievance Officer, Solidarity Officer, or Communication Officer is  unable to fulfill their responsibilities, the officer may convene a meeting of their respective committee to determine who could suitably fill the role. The committee will then nominate a member in good standing subject to approval by the SC. The new officer will serve primarily as the chair for the committee and will not have voting rights on the CC.
  3. If any officer wishes for reappointment under (a) or (b), the CC should inform the general membership, at least one week in advance before the committee for whom the member will serve as leader will vote on unelected officers. The communication should contain detailed information about the positions to be filled, about candidates,  and about member’s right to attend the committee meeting in which voting takes place.

Amendment to Article VI: Ballots, Elections, and Referenda

Numeral to amend:

3. An election to fill a vacant officership must be held within 25 days of the vacancy arising.


3. If no re-appointment process is initiated to temporarily fill a vacant officership, as specified under Article VII.5, an election to fill such vacancy must be held within 30 days of the vacancy arising, except when vacancies occur during after the end of winter semester or before fall semester of the academic year. In these cases, the 30 day window begins the first day of classes. If such process is initiated, an election must be held within 90 days of  the vacancy arising.

Amending Article VI: Ballots, Elections, and Referenda, replacing Section 1 with the following language: “Any vote requiring the general membership may be performed in-person or through a secure online voting platform, and shall be called and decided on by the Coordinating Committee.  Membership may also vote to have any issue put to such a ballot by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a membership meeting.

Statement in Response to Presidential Election

November 14, 2016

GEO at UIUC Statement in Response to Presidential Election

Last Tuesday, we witnessed the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump’s presidential campaign was built on homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynist, racist, sexist, and xenophobic language. The condoning of such hate by election is an active threat to civil rights and civil liberties for all. We, the Graduate Employees’ Organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are outraged at the election of a leader who has openly campaigned against the livelihoods and safety of their own constituents.

We, the GEO-UIUC, have fought and continue to fight for affordable child care, accessible health care, gender justice, job training, living wages, protecting employees from retaliation, reasonable workloads, tuition waivers, and workplace safety for all graduate employees regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, department, job category, or membership in the union. We, the GEO-UIUC, strive to be an inclusive and open environment that acts in the best interests of graduate employees, and act responsibly toward the entire university community.

Most importantly, to support all graduate employees so that they can work with dignity and respect, the GEO-UIUC has fought and continues to fight for a good work environment for all. We recognize that a work environment free from hostility and discrimination is a necessary prerequisite not only for improving the quality of education and research at UIUC, but also ensuring the livelihoods and safety of all graduate employees that directly contribute to this mission.

We, the GEO-UIUC, stand in direct opposition to the hate, fear, open hostility, and violence that has been targeted at Black, Disabled, Latinx, Immigrant, International, LGBTQIA+, Muslim, Native American, Neurodiverse, Undocumented, and Women-identified peoples. We, the GEO-UIUC, stand with all peoples of these communities, as members, allies and advocates living, loving, and working in solidarity.

We, the GEO-UIUC, will continue to fight for all graduate employees’ civil rights and civil liberties to ensure a good work environment free from hostility and discrimination. It is not enough to circulate a mass-mail with truisms such as “we are a community defined by how we treat one another and by our willingness to focus on how we move forward together.” The UIUC administration needs to take action and publicly condemn acts of violence and intimidation against their constituents.

We will not back down. We will not be silent. We’ve got your backs. Every single one.

In solidarity,