Stewards and Staff

Unit Representatives

Yuwei Pan
Gallatin MA 21

I am a second-year MA student at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. As a unit representative, I will continue to strengthen the community across grad workers and increase GSOC’s transparency of communication with membership. As an international master’s student at Gallatin, I hope to reach more isolated parts of our community through relationship building and listening. Working with Arundhati and Aaron, I will hold NYU accountable to the new contract that we won after the spring 2021 strike. When I am not working or doing research, I am making art, visiting museums and sipping on bubble tea.

Aaron Posner
Wagner MPA

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. As unit rep this summer I hope to help everyone learn about our new contract, help recruit new members, and potentially get “Solidarity Forever” to stop being stuck in my head.

Arundhati Velamur
Steinhardt PhD

I am a third year PhD student in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Steinhardt. I was a member of the bargaining committee for our most recent agreement, and am excited to be organizing with Yuwei and Aaron this summer to help our community understand and access the benefits we are entitled to through this historic contract. As a member of the Academic Workers for a Democratic Union social justice caucus, I believe strongly in building rank-and-file power through anti-racist, feminist, and democratic organizing.

GSAS Humanities

Nick Silcox, English

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

I am a 2nd year PhD student in English. I became involved with GSOC, and eventually a steward, because unions are critical infrastructure in building community that is based around collective power and dignity.


Luke Bowe, Spanish and Portuguese

Responsible for the following departments:
Music
East Asian Studies
Euro and Mediterranean Studies
CLACS
Spanish and Portuguese
Creative Writing
Center for Experimental Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies

I am a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. I became a GSOC Steward in 2020 and am looking forward to horizontal organizing amongst departments to push for a better NYU.


Zijian Tan, Comp Lit

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


Colin Vanderburg, English

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:
History
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:
Philosophy
Economics
Classics
Religious Studies
International Relations


Virgilio Lazardi, Sociology

Responsible for the following departments:
Sociology
Politics

I am PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. I am proud to serve as a steward for GSOC starting in 2019, and am excited to deepen its internal democracy and organizing reach. I believe that a union that is as attentive to base-building as it is to community support is the only kind of union that will have the latent power necessary to shape the university that we all wish NYU could be.


Shayan Momin, Anthropology

Responsible for the following departments:
Admin Depts

GSAS STEM

Camille Rullán, Center for Neural Science

Responsible for the following departments:
Psychology
Neural Science


Dylan Iannitelli, Biology

Responsible for the following departments:
Biology


Sam Epstein, Chemistry

Responsible for the following departments:
Chemistry


Iraj Eshghi, Physics

Responsible for the following departments:
Physics


Chris Ick, Center for Data Science

Responsible for the following departments:
Math
Center for Data Science


Michael Albergo, Physics

Responsible for the following departments:
Every other department in GSAS STEM

Prof. Schools

Daryl Meador, Cinema Studies

Responsible for the following departments:
Art & Public Policy
Cinema Studies
Film and Television
Performance Studies
Graduate Acting
Graduate Musical Theater Writing
Games Center


Jay Simpson, Gallatin

Responsible for the following departments:
Gallatin
Journalism

Steinhardt

Meg Wiessner, Media, Culture and Communication

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

I am excited to carry on a long tradition of union organizing at NYU, and to make sure that tradition is passed on to future grad workers by building collective power before upcoming contract negotiations.        


Sandy Abu El Adas, Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Responsible for the following departments:
Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Art & Art Profession

Tandon

Marwan Shalaby, Chem & Biomolecular Engineering & Biotech

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

 I am a 2nd year, international PhD student in Chemical Engineering and a steward for the 3rd 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. 


Yining ‘Nick’ Feng, Computer Science

Responsible for the following departments:
Computer Science and Engineering


Michael Lally, Computer science

Responsible for the following departments:
Mathematics for Engineering
Finance and Risk Engineering
Mech and Aerospace Engineering


Ajith Hegde, Management of Technology at the Department of Technology, Management & Innovation, Tandon

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

I am highly energetic and willing to improve and solve real-life problems at the workplace that arise due to various reasons including. I have a wide range of academic and professional experiences from Mysore to New York in different fields. 

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.
Patrick T. Shepherd, Local 2110 Representative, started on staff with Local 2110 in 2017. Before that, he worked as union organizer on higher ed campaigns at The New School, Barnard College, and Florida State University, as well as campaigns in other industries in NYC and in the south.