The English Graduate Organization at SU affords
students in English
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Politically, EGO is a University-recognized student organization that represents English graduate students in the administrative processes in the department. Every graduate student in the English department is automatically a member of EGO, and can begin contributing right away. We have standing positions in the English Department Assembly (including a vote in Faculty Search committees and a voice in the evaluation of graduate applications) and positions in the committees that determine both graduate and undergraduate curriculum. Unlike other departments who appoint graduate students to some committees in "advisory" positions, our representatives are elected, with full voting powers in all standing committees and hiring committees.
In terms of the professionalization, EGO
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We also have a position in the university-wide Graduate Student Organization, which allows us to apply for funding for anything from publishing our own journal, running our own conference, holding lecture series, or sponsoring other events. In the past, EGO has published a journal, hosted colloquia, and brought internationally recognized scholars to the University, all events that were planned, overseen, and executed by graduate students.
Additionally, EGO manages and operates Negotiations, a
monthly graduate reading series,
presentable scholarship. An
Finally, EGO is also valuable as a social support system for students in the department. Grad students here have historically valued community over internal competition; shared inquiry over hyper-specialization. Students are not cloistered into research cliques, or simply putting in time until they get their degree in hand. This is evidenced in anything from our intramural soccer squad, our weekly pub trivia team, the parties people throw, or just getting together for a few drinks after teaching. When you're dropping yourself into a whole new life, it helps to have already-existing social networks in place that will be welcoming to you. EGO endeavors to be that for its members.