COGS Updates on COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 and the UI moving classes online, COGS is making changes to our organizing to continue to support graduate workers during these difficult times.

For more recent updates, click here.

Organizing: COGS has cancelled all in-person organizing events for the Fall 2020 Semester. Please join us via Zoom for Fall organizing phone banks, click here to sign up.

General Meetings: COGS will hold digital general membership meetings over Zoom. Stay tuned to social media and email to get access to those links.

Elections: Fall special elections will be held online. Stay tuned to your email for more information.

Graduate Worker Support: We don’t know how the next few months will go, but we expect things to be challenging, especially for TAs and RAs with newfound responsibilities to make last minute adjustments to teaching and research. So first of all, thank you! We all know this transition wouldn’t be possible without your hard work! Second, COGS wants to make sure graduate student workers are supported through these changes and that there aren’t any undue burdens on your time and energy.

The changes required for this transition may include: changes to your workload, changes in your work conditions, working hours, pay changes, health care concerns, and/or changes in your research schedule. If you experience any issues on this list, please reach out to one of our officers. Even if you do not believe the changes you are experiencing are grievable issues, we want to better understand how this transition is impacting your employment as a graduate worker. Any and all comments you have about your experiences are useful information. We are here for you and are striving to advocate for a safe and healthy workplace for all of us.

Kezia Walker-Cecil ([email protected])
Chief Campus Steward 
John Tappen ([email protected])
Blue area steward: American Studies, Art & Art History, Asian Languages, Center for the Book, Cinema & Comp Lit, Creative Writing, English, French & Italian, German, Graduate College – Admin, International Writing, Library and Info Science, Library Administration, Linguistics, Music, Non-Credit Programs, Philosophy, Religion, Rhetoric, Russian, Spanish & Portuguese, Theater Arts, Women’s Studies
Ashley Dorn ([email protected])
Yellow Area Steward: Anthropology, Broadcasting Services, Classics, Communication Studies, Asian and Pacific Studies, Intl & Compar Studies, Curriculum, Dance, Education, Evaluation, Geography, History, Iowa Testing Programs, ITS, Journalism, Labor Center, Language Media Center, Learning Resource, Natural history Museum, Plan Policy and Leadership, Political Science, Psych and Quant Foundations, Psychology, Sociology, Student Services, Urban & Regional Planning, Women’s Resource & Action Center
Red Area Steward: Accounting, Athletics Facility, Biocatalysis/Bioprocess, Biological Sciences, Business, CAD-Research Center for Career Development, Chemistry, Computer Science, Counseling, Rehab & Student Servs, DOWS, Economics, Finance, Geology/Geoscience, Global, Regional, and Environmental Planning, International Education, Iowa Trainers, Management Sciences, Marketing, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Recreational Services, Residence Hall Ed. Program, Social Work, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Eden Maack ([email protected])
Green Area Steward: Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Engineering, Food and Nutrition Health Services, Industrial Engineering, Institute for Hydraulic Research, Internal Medicine, Mechanical Engineering, Medicinal Natural Medicine, Microbiology, NADS and Simulation Neurology, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Prev. & Com. Dentistry, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Public Policy Center, Radiation Research, Radiology, Speech Pathology, SHLPS, Surgery