Graduate Assistants United (GAU)

URI's Graduate Assistant Chapter of the AAUP


INEQUALITY FOR ALL screening and LIVE webcast with Robert Reich

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Graduate Assistants United is proud to announce that we will be hosting a free, public screening of “INEQUALITY FOR ALL” on Thursday, February 20th as part of a nationwide campus screening event. The evening will include a live webcast with Robert Reich and a robust discussion following the screening in the College of Biotechnology and Life Sciences Auditorium (CBLS 100).

Doors open at 6PM. The live webcast with Robert Reich will begin promptly at 6:30PM. This event is open to the public, but seating is limited so be sure to RSVP and arrive early!

RSVP: via Facebook


Film Synopsis:

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member – as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

HarvestFest is here!

Join the GAU for our Fall General Membership Meeting and HarvestFest Dinner on Wednesday, October 30th at 6pm at the University Club. Dinner and a drink ticket will be provided for all GAU members.

Our guest speaker will be Dean Libutti, Vice Provost of Enrollment Management.

Not a GAU member yet? Become one today! All Graduate Assistants at URI are eligible.

Check out the event flyer for menu details.


Attention Teaching Assistants! We’ve got your back.

The GAU is kicking off the academic year right by lending a helping hand to our fellow Graduate Assistants who are responsible for teaching here at URI. Join us on Monday, September 23rd at 3pm in the Memorial Union (room 360) to learn some pro tips from your fellow TAs, share the best strategies for classroom management, gradekeeping, communicating with your students, and much more. We’ll be rocking it roundtable-style, which will give you the opportunity to share your specific concerns and challenges and to get some answers. Whether you’re instructing freshmen in the ways of classical literature or running a departmental session of URI 101, we’re here for you!

Please share this event with your fellow Graduate Assistants, and be sure to RSVP on facebook so we have a rough head count:



GAU Names Danielle Dirocco as Executive Director

Graduate Assistants United is thrilled to announce the selection of Ms. Danielle Dirocco as its first Executive Director in the history of the organization. A lifelong Rhode Island resident, Ms. Dirocco earned her B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 as well as her M.A. in Political Science in 2013, also at URI. Ms. Dirocco was a Teaching Assistant during her Graduate Program, and was elected President of GAU for the 2012-2013 Academic Year.

As president, Ms. Dirocco advocated for URI’s teaching and research assistants to the Board of Governors when URI Graduate Assistant contract was rejected alongside other faculty contracts. Her work paved the way for the board to recognize that Graduate Assistants are a unique group with unique needs that differ from that of full-time or adjunct faculty and need to be treated as such. The Graduate Assistant contract was the only higher education contract ratified by the Board of Governors that included raises for all three years of the agreement.

In addition to her involvement with GAU, Ms. Dirocco is a member of the American Association of University Professor’s National Committee on Graduate and Professional Students, and is a founding member of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island South County chapter.

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