Trish Everett, President – Theater Historiography
Having seen what large universities can do (and will probably always continue to do) to unorganized TA workers at the University of Arizona during my MA studies, I am deeply committed to ensuring that UBC remains a place we can be proud to work; where employees and students are treated with fairness and respect. For me, being a TA is the best part of being a grad student and I remain deeply committed to ensuring all of our students receive the best possible education and guidance while at UBC.
Contact me via: President@cupe2278.ca
Molly Campbell, Grievances Committee Chair – Land and Food Systems
In 2011, public employee unions in Wisconsin (my home state) lost their collective bargaining rights. I have seen how this extreme anti-union legislation has negatively impacted people I care about. This experience has opened my eyes to the importance of unions, and all of the great work CUPE 2278 does on behalf of graduate workers at UBC. As a member of the executive, I hope to bring this same realization to other UBC graduate workers.
Glynnis Kirchmeier, Maternity and Health Committee Chair and Grievances – History
I am a Master’s student in the History department, studying race, immigration, and health in the Pacific Northwest. I am pleased to be part of a union which strongly supports its members and the wider pedagogical goals of the university. I joined the Exec in order to better learn about the challenges faced by our members and to continue to make UBC a great place to work.
Michael Stewart, Communications Chair and Bargaining – English
I’m a fourth-year PhD student in English researching twentieth-century fiction, modernity and politics. I am an activist, writer and teacher with a soft spot for social justice and equality, especially in the fields of public education, homelessness and anti-oppression. I joined the executive of CUPE 2278 to help the teaching assistants of UBC receive the contract they deserve, and to ensure that all of my colleagues and friends receive the most accurate information possible as well as all the benefits of collective bargaining.
Lindsay Petley-Ragan, Outreach Chair and Communications – Biology & Genetics
I’m a PhD student studying cell biology and genetics. I’ve TAed for 3 years now and realized being a TA was becoming a defining part of my graduate school experience. I would like to increase the communication and involvement of TAs with each other and with the union in general. This could be in the form of offering a fun social marking environment for TAs during exams, or in the form of increased liaison between the executive and union members. Basically, to make being a TA a fun, positive experience for all
I am a PhD student in the mathematics department with a keen interest in all things statistical. As a TA, I am devoted to providing the absolute best in education to all UBC students. I joined the executive of CUPE 2278 to protect and promote the interests of UBC TAs and markers. Our highly skilled and passionate membership deserves all the benefits of a strong executive advocating on its behalf, and I am committed to achieving fair recognition and compensation for the crucial roles that TAs and markers play in higher education at UBC.
Ruth Sharpe, Communications – Zoology
I am a 3rd year PhD student in zoology. I have now been on the union executive for over a year and I believe it is really important to get a fairer deal for UBC TA’s.
Alex Hemingway, VDLC Delegate and Communications – Political Science
I’m a 2nd year Phd student in political science, with a particular interest in the development of more participatory and substantive democracy. I first joined the executive in 2012 to help out as TA’s fought for a fair contract.