Starting as a small group of students in 2014, Teachers and Researchers United has advocated for many improvements to the living conditions of graduate workers on campus. We have fought for better health care and to stop the closure of the Humanities Center. We have offered solidarity to campus workers and to all victims of the Trump administration’s far-right agenda. We have advocated on behalf of survivors of sexual harassment and assault and pushed to stop the militarization of our campus.
In September 2018 we went public as the Union for all graduate workers at Johns Hopkins, and we have not slowed down. Check out the timeline below to see how we got to where we are today. You will see some of the major campaigns TRU has undertaken. There are many other campaigns for which TRU has played a supporting role which are not featured here. For more on these, check out our News Page or our page on campaigns we have partnered with.
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November 1

Dean Newman’s Strategic Plan

In November 2013, Dean Katherine Newman discloses a plan for the restructuring of graduate studies (the “Dean’s Strategic Plan”), which aims at making Hopkins more competitive vis-à-vis peer institutions. The plan raises deep apprehension among the graduate and faculty population. Members of what will become TRU vocalize concerns through a..Read More
December 18

Dean Newman’s Strategic Plan Final Report

On December 18th, 2013, the Strategic Plan Final Report is issued, and the administration proceeds with the implementation of the plan. (By Fall of 2017, many departments begin to feel the negative effects feared by faculty and graduate students in 2013.)
September 1

TRU Makes its First Steps

In the aftermath of the implementation of the Strategic Plan, a group of students come together to discuss the implications of the plan. Why did the administration fail to consult or listen to graduate students as they made big decisions around our working conditions? How can we change this? What..Read More
January 1

Talking to Graduate Workers Across Campus

TRU meets with students from different departments to discuss what they would like to see improved and how they would like to achieve such changes. During these meetings TRU gathers extensive information about a variety of concerns that affect graduate workers, including stipends, instability of funding, lack of affordable childcare..Read More
September 1

Healthcare Campaign

As graduate workers at Johns Hopkins’ Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, we recognize can’t afford to get sick. Johns Hopkins may boast a top-ranking medical school and world-renowned hospital, but our healthcare plan is so poor that we cannot afford to take care of ourselves in the most routine..Read More
June 1

Save the Humanities Center Campaign

In June 2016, in the middle of their summer break, the students of the Humanities Center learn that their department would be shut down as of June 30, 2017. Dean Beverly Wendland made the decision behind closed doors and without public oversight – stranding students and faculty. This set an..Read More