Town Hall on March 13 to focus on graduate student unionization

March 02, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On March 13, Penn State Provost Nick Jones and Dean of the Graduate School Regina Vasilatos-Younken will host a town hall meeting for graduate students on the topic of graduate student unionization from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event will be held in Room 22 of the Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus. It also will be livestreamed at for community members at all Penn State campuses to view.

The March 13 Town Hall will give Jones and Vasilatos-Younken an opportunity to provide accurate information and answer questions graduate students have been asking about unionization and the upcoming election. Students are invited to submit questions in advance and during the meeting to The names of people submitting questions through email or in-person will not be shared.

A certain group of graduate students at Penn State (graduate assistants and trainees) will soon face an important decision to determine if they wish to be represented by a union. As the election nears, it is critical that all students eligible to vote educate themselves on this topic, get the facts, consider all points of view and vote. A simple majority of those who vote — no matter how small — will determine the result for all graduate assistants and trainees. Eligible students were recently notified via email by the Graduate School.

Since 2015, Town Hall meetings have provided opportunities for members of the Penn State community to receive updates on University initiatives, hear from administrative leaders about key issues, ask questions and provide feedback.

Last Updated March 06, 2018