A very warm welcome to all incoming graduate students this year! Today was the first day of the CTE Grad Academy (see pictures of the event below), and many GEO members had the pleasure to speak with hundreds of new teaching assistants. We will also be hosting numerous department meetings throughout the week, so we look forward to speaking with many incoming and current graduate employees about the GEO.
If you are a new member (or an old member who needs a refresher) please be sure to check out this website for information about the organization of the GEO, how to get more involved, and the details of our newest contract.
Several things are going on with the GEO over the next several weeks, including a Welcome Back Party for all GEO members. This party is August 30th at 7pm at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. Directions to IMC can be found here. The Welcome Back Party is open to all members. If you haven’t signed a card but are a graduate employee (TA, GA, RA, etc.) at the University of Illinois you are absolutely still welcome. We will have cards on site to sign. Free childcare is provided, and partners are welcome. Food and drinks will also be provided.
Other things to be aware of include an upcoming Stewards’ Council Meeting on August 26th and a General Membership Meeting on September 18th. Keep an eye out for emails regarding these events.
Best of luck to all of you in the upcoming year. The GEO looks forward to a productive and rewarding year. Solidarity!