Interview: Cynthia Young

by Chris Cumo Cynthia Young earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University in 1999. While there she became involved in organizing graduate students and participated in the grade strike of 1995, for which she stood trial. In 1997 she joined the SAWSJ Steering committee and in 1998 she became a member of the coordinating committee. In 2000, she served as the national chairwoman of SAWSJ. Under her leadership, SAWSJ drafted a “Fair Labor Practice” University Code of Conduct and began urging universities to adopt it. Young and other SAWSJ leaders have conducted hearings on campuses, where adjuncts, graduate students, dining hall workers and maintenance workers have decried their low wages […]
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