Incoming Graduate Students – Welcome!

The Graduate Employees’ Organization IFT/AFT (GEO) is the official union that represents graduate students who work for the University as Teaching and Graduate Assistants.

Graduate assistants do important, indispensable work for the University by teaching, researching, and performing many other duties that help make the University of Illinois one of the top institutions of higher education in the country. During the 2002-2003 school year, Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants voted to have the GEO be their union — a right they had been denied for over 7 years.
The information on this page is provided in an attempt to be a guide for you and to help make your first year of graduate school as painless as possible. Below you will find information (or links to information) that may prove helpful as a new member of the community. If you would like some clarification on what you read here, additional information, or would like to find out more about the GEO, don’t hesitate to contact us! You can stop by the GEO office, give us a call, or e-mail us.

1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign
(on the 2nd floor of the University YMCA, across the street from Lincoln Hall near the Quad)

GEO Information | University of Illinois Information | Champaign-Urbana Information


Graduate Employees’ Organization Information

Join the GEO! — Start your grad career off right! Help to improve the living and working environment for graduate students!
Brief History of the GEO — A summary of where the GEO came from, the actions & events we’ve sponsored, and the major turning points in our history.
GEO Mission & Goals — Read about what the GEO stands for, is working for now, and what we are negotiating over on behalf of all Teaching and Graduate Assistants at UIUC.
Frequently Asked Questions — Have some basic questions about the GEO or graduate employee unionization? Find your answers here.
GEO Glossary — Your complete guide to union jargon.
Contact Information — Find out who the GEO’s elected leadership is or how to contact the office.
Upcoming GEO Events — Stay up-to-date on GEO events and other happenings.
GEO News — Find out the latest about the GEO, read recent press releases, or delve into the archives of our newspaper "The Organizer".
Links — The place to find links to other graduate employee unions across the country and other information related to the GEO.
Illinois Federation of Teachers/American Federation of Teachers — Find out more about the organizations with which the GEO is affiliated.

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University of Illinois Information

UIUC Home Page
UIUC Search — Search through the UIUC website for specific information, people, departments, etc.
Fees — Want to know how much grad school will cost you? Find out here. (The last we checked the most recent figures weren’t posted yet, but what is there may give you an idea.)
Healthcare and Graduate Students — One of GEO’s biggest issues, find out what grads are saying about their healthcare, and what the GEO is trying to do about it.
International Student Issues — International students have some unique concerns. Read about GEO’s experience dealing with these issues.

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Champaign-Urbana Information

GEO Guide to "Chambana" –Call or stop by the GEO office to pick up a copy of the most important reference book on campus!
City of Urbana Web Site
City of Champaign Web Site
Farmer’s Market — Shop for fresh, locally grown produce as well as baked goods, crafts, flowers, and a lot more at this popular Saturday morning event.
Buses — Find out more about the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, their routes, schedules, etc.
Apartment/Sublet/Co-op Housing Listings —

Parking —

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