Stewards and Staff

Unit Representatives

“Lee” L. P. B. Diaz (she/her)
Social and Cultural Analysis, Graduate School of Arts and Science

I’m a fifth-year American Studies PhD candidate and graduate worker in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. I’m excited to work alongside Anila and Abigail to maintain momentum from last year’s historic contract campaign and strike. As a unit representative, I commit to holding NYU accountable to the terms set forth in our new bargaining agreement and ensuring that graduate workers get the working conditions, wages, and benefits we deserve. Outside of research and union organizing, I love watching baseball, gardening with my wife, and spoiling my toy chihuahua, Joaquin.

Anila Gill (she/her)
Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts

I’m a fifth-year PhD candidate in Cinema Studies and an organizer with GSOC-UAW. In Spring 2021 I worked with the GSOC Bargaining Committee to negotiate our new collective bargaining agreement and am eager to work with Lee and Abigail to ensure its implementation. I am also committed to continued democratic organizing with the rank-and-file to receive the benefits we deserve and cultivate a safe and healthy workplace for all graduate workers at NYU.

Abigail Manville (she/her)
Art History, Institute of Fine Arts

I am a second-year Master’s student in Art History at the IFA and an organizer with GSOC-UAW. I was thrilled to get involved with the union last year during our contract campaign and strike as part of the communications and picket teams. I’m eager to work with Anila and Lee as well as our rank and file members to implement our new contract and continue organizing our workspace. Outside of work and school, I spend my free time with my dog reading or working on new projects

GSAS Humanities

Nick Silcox, English

Responsible for the following departments:
Environmental Studies & Environmental Health Sciences
Museum Studies

I am a 3rd year PhD student in English. I became involved with GSOC and eventually became a steward because unions are critical infrastructure in building a community that is based around collective power and dignity.

Julia Landmann, German

Responsible for the following departments:
Institute of Fine Arts (IFA)
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW)

Hadas Binyamini, History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Responsible for the following departments:
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS)
Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA)/American Studies
Africana Studies
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Russian and Slavic Studies
Near Eastern Studies

I am a PhD student in the Department of History and the Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies.

Clara Lingle, Philosophy

Responsible for the following departments:
Religious Studies
International Relations

Markita Schulmann, Creative Writing

Responsible for the following departments:

Giulia Sbaffi, Italian

Responsible for the following departments:
Institute of French Studies
Comparative Literature
Irish Studies

I am a 5th year PhD student in Italian. I joined GSOC as an international student worker in my second year and now I take this ​​opportunity to advocate for the collective political processes we honor and commit to as union members.


Camille Rullán, Center for Neural Science

Responsible for the following departments:
Neural Science

Sam Epstein, Chemistry

Responsible for the following departments:

Michael Albergo, Physics

Responsible for the following departments:
Computer Science

Prof. Schools

Aaron Posner, Public Administration & Policy

Responsible for the following departments:
Silver School of Social Work
College of Global Public Health
Nursing (Rory Meyers College of)
Wagner (Public Administration)

I’m a second year MPA student at Wagner, studying Public Policy with a focus on Advocacy & Political Action. I believe in the work GSOC does because I know that together we are stronger and that when we work collectively we can win the fight for our rights as workers.

Simon Schatzberg, Journalism

Responsible for the following departments:


Charlie Muller, Media, Culture, and Communication

Responsible for the following departments:History
Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC)
Teaching and Learning
Nutrition and Food Studies

I look forward to helping maintain our union’s strength and fighting for NYU to treat its workers with the dignity we deserve. 

Padmapriya Govindarajan, Media, Culture, and Communication

Responsible for the following departments:History
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Admin, Leadership, and Tech


Marwan Shalaby, Chem & Biomolecular Engineering & Biotech

Responsible for the following departments:
Applied Physics
Chem & Biomolecular Engineering & Biotech
Civil and Urban Engineering

 I am a 3rd year, international PhD student in Chemical Engineering and a steward for the 4th term. My involvement in GSOC stems from the belief that power lies in the hand of workers, as we are the most exposed to the conditions that shape our lives. By coming together and sharing our experiences, we can force NYU to pay us a living wage, cover our healthcare and cut ties with the NYPD, which terrorizes poor, Black and Indigenous workers inside and outside of NYU. I believe that through worker democracy, we can stand our ground when bargaining with our employer, and hopefully build long-standing coalitions across geographies and different vectors of oppression. 

Shrisha Patil , Technology Management & Innovation (affiliated with Business)

Responsible for the following departments:
Tech Management & Innovation
Center for Urban Science and Progress
Tech, Culture, and Society

UAW staff

Maida Rosenstein, President of Local 2110, became involved in the union as an office worker at Columbia in the 1980s. She joined the organizing committee immediately eventually started organizing full time and the rest is history. She has worked with GSOC since the first negotiations.

Olga Brudastova, Organizer with Local 2110, got involved in the union during the first year of her PhD program at Columbia, in 2014. After graduation, in 2018, she decided to change her career from Civil Engineering to labor organizing. She has represented workers in educational and cultural institutions, and joined GSOC in 2021.