HEWC Publications

Resisting the Far Right Takeover of the UMN Board of Regents

We’ve got to take a good look at the Board of Regents (BOR) to make sense of the decomposition of higher education. The last twenty-year history of the University of Minnesota (UMN) certainly illustrates this process: the divestment of state support; skyrocketing tuition; the rapid deterioration of working conditions for faculty, graduate workers, and staff;Continue reading “Resisting the Far Right Takeover of the UMN Board of Regents”

Worker Center intervenes to stop Regents from arresting Professor John Wright, founder of African & African American Studies Department

(Member report) The UMN Board of Regents were going to arrest and remove Professor John Wright — founder of its African American & African Studies Dept, civil rights activist, MacArthur fellow (nominated by novelist Ralph Ellison) — from their farce of a meeting yesterday about the building re-naming commission’s report, until the Minnesota Higher EducationContinue reading “Worker Center intervenes to stop Regents from arresting Professor John Wright, founder of African & African American Studies Department”

What Are Graduate Fees and Why Do They Continue to Increase?

Graduate student workers at the University of Minnesota must pay outsize and mandatory fees amounting to 10% or more of their annual stipends, a percentage that has been rapidly increasing in recent years. Britt van Paepeghem (Ph.D. Candidate) and David Valentine (Associate Professor) from the Anthropology department explain why this is a bad deal forContinue reading “What Are Graduate Fees and Why Do They Continue to Increase?”

Who We Are and This Newsletter

Since the formal end of the faculty unionization drive early this year, some of us decided we would continue to fight for changes we had sought through unionization. We organized ourselves into a collective called the Minnesota Higher Education Worker Center. Others have joined us, attracted to this independent, open-ended formation. We are not many,Continue reading “Who We Are and This Newsletter”

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