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Meet the Secretary and Chair of Communications
Vice President for Non-Tenure Track Instructional Faculty Affairs
Eleanor Wakefield is an instructor in the English department and composition program. She began teaching at the UO in 2010 as a graduate student in English, continuing as a pro tem and now career instructor.
During her time as a graduate student and employee, she acted as a steward and VP of Grievances for the GTFF. She has also served a steward from English for UA and chair of the Representative Assembly.
Her scholarly work is on poetry and poetics, especially 19th and 20th century American formal verse.
What we do:
- The communications committee, its chair/UA secretary, and UA staff coordinate emails, web content, and social media on behalf of your union.
- We edit communications written by UA staff and board members.
- We coordinate with the Organizing and Membership Committee and the Contract Action Team on messaging to members and potential members.
- We work with interested members to craft and disseminate communications they want to share with their union.
Who does it:
- Secretary and committee chair Eleanor Wakefield
- UA Staff Kristy Hammond
- Communications committee–members of the EC, UA staff, and volunteer UA members from across campus.
Get involved in doing it, too:
- Email Eleanor to join the committee; contact Eleanor or Kristy with information you want shared with UA or other helpful ideas.
- Time commitment varies, but can be as little as commenting on a draft communication every couple of weeks; with bargaining and new member recruitment, there will also be opportunities to help more frequently.
With your help, what we’d like to do more of:
- Work on consistency in UA communications including a style guide.
- Discuss messaging and tone both in general and for particular situations as bargaining evolves.
- Designate and train media liaisons from UA membership to help communicate our values more broadly.
- Create more consistent communications such as “know your contract” articles for email blasts or the website.
- Spread comms committee members across other committees to better coordinate information and messages.
- Scripting and planning for remote events like town halls.