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Meet the Secretary and Chair of Communications

Eleanor Wakefield

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.

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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.

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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.