Executive Council Representatives for Faculty (one open seat)
Associate Professor, Childhood Studies
I am inspired by our union’s ongoing efforts to bargain for the common good, forging alliances across faculty, staff, students, and community members to advance broad social justice objectives. If elected, I will be an advocate for Camden faculty in these wider efforts, as well as in our upcoming contract negotiations. I bring to the position several years of experience working closely with food and environmental justice organizations in Camden, and community organizing for public education in Philadelphia. I would be honored to serve as the Camden Faculty Executive Council Representative within Rutgers AAUP-AFT.
Executive Council Representatives for Graduate Workers (two open seats)
Graduate Worker, Department of Public Policy and Administration
I am running to continue my term on the SC and EC. I am excited to use the energy we have built organizing through Covid and the grad extensions/fiscal emergency MOA to launch a strong contract campaign to get grads a fair contract.
Graduate Worker, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology
I’m Heather, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. I am currently an active graduate worker department representative within the union and a member of the Graduate Community Working Group and Rutgers Grads United. This spring, I also worked with union staff and grad leadership to organize and lead grad worker-specific union orientations for new TA/GAs. I want to continue my involvement as a graduate worker representative in the union to foster an environment where students, both new and continuing, understand the union and its role in their graduate careers and feel confident that the union fights for them and hears important grad-specific issues.
Chapter Leadership Committee (two seats)
Librarian II, University Libraries
I am running for the office of Camden Chapter Leadership Committee in order to have the opportunity to work with the union leadership in their commitment to growing and strengthening the Camden Chapter, Rutgers-AAUP-AFT and the Coalition of Rutgers Unions. The importance of a strong union presence and a firm voice of solidarity has been magnified in the past year and several months, and will continue to be crucial. We have seen first hand how an empowered union can elicit change, from our own successes to the growing number of examples world-wide. My union experience at Rutgers began with talking to colleagues and handing out cards when non-union administrative staff organized to unionize as URA-AFT. I have held several different positions at Rutgers which have included supervisory and administrative roles and I have always been an advocate for all of the unions on campus, encouraging people to join and participate in their rights to organize. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve on the Camden Chapter Leadership Committee. Thank you for your consideration.
Librarian of Practice III, University Libraries
Thank you for considering me for reelection. I have been an active member of the Camden chapter since my first year at Rutgers in 2015. As we emerge from the pandemic, there will be multiple issues regarding the return, including ensuring faculty are safe, merit raises and promotion issues, and campus equity. I look forward to these discussions and being part of a collective voice for Rutgers-Camden faculty.