Vanderbilt Graduate Workers United

when we fight, we win
1st Sep 2016

Our Campaign Begins!

1st Feb 2017

Nashville Public Radio reports on our campaign

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1st Apr 2017

Shifting the focus of our campaign

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1st Oct 2017

Drafting a "Mental Health Bill of Rights"


Solidarity actions

GWU held actions to support a graduate student who was not receiving pay for services rendered on a research project funded by an external grant. We organized a food-donation drive for the student in February, then followed up in April with an action during recruitment week to reaffirm our support.

13th Mar 2018

Mental Health Day on the Library Lawn

1st Oct 2018

Campaign for workspace in Buttrick Hall

1st Dec 2018

GSC ratifies "Mental Health Bill of Rights & Responsibilities"

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1st Apr 2019

VGWU supports work of Carrels Advisory Committee

1st Dec 2018

Vanderbilt Hustler reports on our union campaign

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30th Aug 2019

Article in Nature mentions the Mental Health Bill of Rights we co-authored with GSC

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29th Oct 2019

Article in Inside Higher Ed mentions the Mental Health Bill of Rights

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12th Dec 2019

Two union members publish in Times Higher Education on mental health and unions

Click here to see the article authored by our own Sebastian Ramirez and Kelly Swope.

1st Feb 2020

Organizing for Equity campaign begins

We began organizing in earnest for "Organizing for Equity," a public event designed to bring together academics, activists, and community members to discuss how the concept of equity fits into their organizing work. The Divinity School kindly agreed to co-sponsor the event, which was to have two segments: 1. a panel featuring Vanderbilt scholars and Nashville community organizers; 2. breakout workshops led by local union leaders and GWU members. Unfortunately, the shutdown of campus in early March due to COVID-19 prevented us from holding this event as planned.
1st May 2020

COVID-19 organizing