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 EGU Officers at egucochairs@gmail.com.

Fall 2024 Meetings

All English and English-affiliated graduate students are welcome to attend EGU meetings where we discuss issues graduate students are facing, share updates from our officers, and have the opportunity to build relationships across programs. EGU will continue to offer a hybrid meeting modality in-person and via Zoom. 

Fall 2024 Schedule TBD

EGU Officers – AY 2023-24

  • EGU Co-Chairs: Leah Bowshier and Charlie McMartin
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Co-Chair / Writing Program Council Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair: Josh Barrows
  • EDI Co-Chair / Access, Inclusion, Marginalization, & Equity Committee Representative: Thais Cons
  • Secretary: Jazzie Terrell
  • Writing Program Council (WPC) Assessment Committee Co-Chair: Alona Kladieva
  • WPC Curriculum & Instructional Materials Committee Co-Chair: Sean Chadwick
  • WPC Professional Development Committee Co-Chair: Dilara Avci
  • WPC Awards Committee Co-Chair: Grace Humphreys
  • WPC ByLaws Committee Co-Chair: Caleb Kohs
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council Representative: Kriti
  • Undergraduate English Curriculum Committee Representative: Matt Tuozzo
  • First-Year Representative: Thais Cons
  • Social Chair:  [VACANT]
  • Creative Writing Program Representative: Yvette Noemi Saenz
  • Literature Program / Literature Graduate Curriculum Representative: Larissa Runyan
  • RCTE Program Representative: [VACANT]
  • EAL Program Representative: [VACANT]
  • SLAT Program Representative: TBD by SLATSA Election

Current Initiatives

  • Ensure graduate student representation on English departmental and program committees
  • Mediate issues related to graduate student labor and compensation
  • Foster communities of care and opportunities to build relationships amongst graduate students across all English programs
  • Offer professional development opportunities for graduate students
  • 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
  • Foster collegial relationships amongst lecturers and graduate student

Meeting Minutes