Folks from marginalized backgrounds have been carrying much of the burden of doing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work on campus. UM’s DEI strategic planning initiative has been especially taxing on these individuals, who sacrifice their personal and professional time doing work that benefits the entire community. To date that work has largely been uncompensated, and this has the effect of reproducing the very inequalities such initiatives aim to address.
In December, the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) introduced a proposal to the university to create paid, unionized DEI positions for graduate students to support the implementation of strategic plans. In February, the university rejected that proposal. The decision sets a bad precedent for the future of diversity labor for students, faculty, and staff alike. However, there is still time for the university to show that it truly values this type of work and start paying for it. We support fair compensation for diversity labor, and we hope you do too.
Will you join us in telling UM that diversity labor does not come for free?
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GEO DEI Campaign Committee
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