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  1. Ah sorry! Now I get you where asking about crossing the picket line🙂 I think it's fine if during the visit you join the picketing! We've had a lot of community members and allies do so--it's fun and it's socially distanced. You can find the hours on the landing page: https://columbiagradunion.org/
  2. Thanks for your support! There are some people on campus right now, but I think it's pretty limited. If you are a prospect, I think it's ok? But you might want to check the website to see if there are specific policies about going into buildings if you aren't a student. Good luck!
  3. I hear you and thanks for your support! It is certainly true that MFA and PhD experiences are different. And it's super unfortunate that Master's level funding is so terrible (across the board, regardless of field, it's very rare). I'll just say quickly that one reason for that is the lack of unionization at universities, or union contracts that exclude MA-level students. I did a fully-funded MA (with health insurance) at a university with a strong grad union, and I now see that was only possible because of the union's push to include MA students in the unit. Universities never want that becau
  4. So many things here....first, Columbia profits from its PhD program. The vast majority of undergrad courses are taught by grad students and adjuncts--so Columbia collects undergrad tuition dollars with the promise of students in intimate classes with renowned professors, but in reality they are being taught by contingent labor. It's not that we are not great teachers, but we should be clear that Columbia profits A LOT from grad labor. (This touches MFA students if they work in the writing center or teach Core writing to help fund their program.) And yes, of course I have a position. That
  5. I did indeed post this on several different threads, because I think it's really important that people be aware of what's going on right now at Columbia, especially since it's decision season. I remember being on these threads when applying to grad school, and there are so few comments from people already at institutions--I think it's helpful to know what it's like on the other side. Not sure if you've applied to Columbia's MFA, but I think if you are considering it, you should talk to students in the program (if you haven't). I don't know if they TA or RA (aka work) for the institution, but r
  6. I think the rankings are part of the problem, because CU's sparkly ivy reputation is part of what makes them feel like they can basically do anything to students and get away with it. It's very much a 'thank you, next' kind of vibe--they know that other people will come regardless. Unfortunately, that attitude is what makes CU a hostile experience for many first gen, POC, folks from low-income backgrounds, etc--i.e. the people most likely to be impacted by harassment, discrimination, and the difficulties of living on grad worker wages that aren't appropriate for NYC. You also have to thi
  7. Not trying to be a downer, but something to consider if anyone is thinking about Columbia: Among your choices, you should also consider which programs have a grad worker union AND treat grad students right. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,5
  8. It's a tough choice. At Columbia, you could work with Higonnet. I'm just sharing something below I've posted about Columbia in general, but I'm in art history, so perhaps it's most relevant for you. I know these things are a a mix of crazy excitement and anxiety about making the right decision! If you're currently at CU you (hopefully) know all about the strike. As a prospect, you could contact the admins (see below) to express your concern about how they treat grad students, if you are considering becoming one! Good luck choosing! Not trying to be a downer, but something to consid
  9. Not trying to be a downer, but something to consider if anyone is thinking about Columbia: Among your choices, you should also consider which programs have a grad worker union AND treat grad students right. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,5
  10. Not trying to be a downer, but something to consider if anyone is thinking about Columbia: Among your choices, you should also consider which programs have a grad worker union AND treat grad students right. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,5
  11. Not trying to be a downer, but something to consider if anyone is thinking about Columbia: Among your choices, you should also consider which programs have a grad worker union AND treat grad students right. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,5
  12. Something to keep in mind (MAs in SIPA have it even worse) : Among your choices, you should also consider which programs have a grad worker union AND treat grad students right. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,500/hr) do everything possible
  13. My two cents about applying to or accepting offers from Columbia: I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,500/hr) do everything possible to stall negotiations, belittle us, and play down heartfelt testimonials that make clear why our demands are re
  14. My two cents on why people should think hard before attending Columbia for grad school: I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,500/hr) do everything possible to stall negotiations, belittle us, and play down heartfelt testimonials that make clear
  15. I am a current 2nd year PhD student at Columbia. The majority of grad students are currently on strike for a living wage, better healthcare, and protection from harassment and discrimination. I have been watching the process of our new graduate union try to bargain for our first contract for over two years. In these sessions, I have seen admin (and their sleazy lawyer, who charges $1,500/hr) do everything possible to stall negotiations, belittle us, and play down heartfelt testimonials that make clear why our demands are reasonable and necessary. Every time we've gotten a raise in the past, ou
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