English Graduate Union

About the EGU

The English Graduate Union (EGU) is an organization that represents all English graduate students at the University of Arizona. Founded in 1991, EGU monitors graduate student workload, advocates for graduate student concerns and issues on many departmental and administrative levels, and mobilizes graduate students across the campus around important issues like health care, tuition remission, workload reduction, and childcare.

Membership in EGU is open to all English and English-affiliated graduate students. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the current EGU Co-Chairs, Sovay Hansen and Martin Cardenas at egucochairs@gmail.com.

2020-2021 Schedule

Our meetings will be from 4-5PM:

  • 8/28 (Social Hour)
  • 9/11
  • 9/25
  • 10/9
  • 10/23
  • 11/06
  • 11/20
  • 12/4

Join Zoom Meeting

Password: 363653

EGU Officers - AY 2020-2021

Co-Chairs: Sovay Hansen (Hannah Rego beginning in Spring) and Martin Cardenas

EDI Co-Chairs: Alyx (Maddie) Nelson-Turner and Claire Davis

Secretary: Claire Davis 

WriPACA Representatives: Leah Bowshier, Kelli Lycke Martin, and Marisa Pesa

GPSC Representative: Kelli Lycke Martin 

Undergraduate English Curriculum Committee Representative: Colleen Kenney 

Graduate Literature Curriculum Committee Representative: Casey Kohs 

First-Year Representative: Josie Portz 

Social Chair: Ruixue Zhang 


Program Reps:

Creative Writing Representative: Hannah Rego

Literature Representative: Casey Kohs

RCTE Representative: Analeigh Horton

EAL Representative: Eric Abin 

SLAT Representative: Hongni Gou and Rachel Floyd 

Meeting Minutes

January 24, 2020

February 7, 2020

March 6, 2020

April 17, 2020

Current Initiatives

  • Collaborate with department and college administrators to make teaching loads comparable to peer institutions

  • Mediate issues related to graduate student labor and compensation

  • Ensure graduate students are safe from sexual discrimination and harassment

  • Mobilize with other student organizations across campus to advocate for university-wide issues such as childcare, healthcare, education costs, and graduate student wages

  • Ensure graduate student representation on all English program and departmental committees

  •  Foster collegial relationships amongst lecturers and graduate students across all English programs