The Executive Committee takes its direction from decisions of the membership and ensures that the policies and decisions of the Local are implemented. The Executive also brings proposals to the membership and Stewards’ Council for changes in policy or direction. The Executive meets bi-weekly and oversees the office’s day-to-day business, provides direction to the staff through the Executive Director and administers the Local’s Collective Agreements.
Teaching Assistant and Course Instructor, Department of English
Ryan Culpepper has been the Chair of CUPE 3902 since May, 2015. He has also served as a Vice-Chair (Units 1 and 2) and Internal Liaison Officer and has represented the Union on five bargaining teams, on many committees and at grievance and arbitration hearings. Outside the Local, Ryan sits on the CUPE Ontario Executive Board, the Ontario Pink Triangle Committee and the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (as Vice-Chair). A former Peace Corps volunteer, Ryan is a long time education and anti-poverty activist. At U of T, he has been an instructor of literature and film studies.
Vice-Chair, Unit 1
Teaching Assistant, Department of English; Chief Presiding Officer, UTSC
Megan’s a seventh-year Ph.D. candidate and TA in the English Department, and works also as a Chief Presiding Officer. She’s been involved with CUPE 3902 as an English Dept steward (3 years), a Bargaining Support Committee Chair for the 2013-14 round of bargaining, a Mobilization Steward for Unit 1, Division 1, and now as Vice-Chair, Unit 1; and balances all of the dissertation work and union work with an enduring appreciation for cats, poetry, tea, and critical thinking. Always happy to answer questions about Unit 1!
Dr. Erich Vogt
Vice-Chair, Unit 3
Sessional Lecturer, School of the Environment
Prior to teaching at UofT, Erich taught at George Washington University and American University in Washington, D.C. In Washington, D.C., he was quite involved in the establishment of four contingent faculty unions at some of the city’s premier universities: Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, and the University of the District of Columbia. He has a Ph.D. from the Free University of Berlin and MA from Indiana University. He is also reminded at times that his real ‘claim to fame’ is his former membership in Germany’s National Swim Team.
Vice-Chair, Unit 5
Dr. Kristen Allen
Course Instructor, Medieval Studies Programme; Writing Instructor, New College
Kristen Allen received her Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2009. She teaches in the Mediaeval Studies programme at the University of St. Michael’s College and is a Writing Instructor for New College. She has been the Vice Chair, Colleges, since April 2015 and was a Co-Chief Negotiator during the most recent rounds of bargaining for Units 2 and 4.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics
Emily Clare is a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Department where she researches the role of learning and memory in human speech perception in adverse listening conditions. This is her second full term as Secretary-Treasurer. Outside of that portfolio, she also works to help the Local make structural changes to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
Communications and Recording Secretary
Course Instructor, Department of Italian Studies
Pamela Arancibia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian Studies and in the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Program. She became involved in the union during the 2013 round of bargaining and joined the Executive Committee as External Liaison Officer soon after. Pamela has been the Communications & Recording Secretary since 2015. During her time on the Executive Committee, she has worked to revive the existing equity-seeking caucuses (Indigenous Solidarity Caucus, Women’s Caucus and Queer Caucus) and to create equity-seeking caucuses for unrepresented groups within the Local (Racialised Workers’ Caucus and Workers with Disabilities Caucus).
External Liaison Officer
Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science
Dr. Meaghan Marian
Internal Liaison Officer
Sessional Lecturer, History
Course Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science
Kevin Edmonds is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, and is an instructor with Caribbean Studies and the Center for Critical Development Studies. His research examines the connection between trade liberalization, the decline of the banana trade and the rise of marijuana cultivation/trafficking in the Eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and St. Vincent. His other areas of interest include the political economy of the Caribbean and the drug trade, agricultural policy, alternative development strategies and the history of military intervention and economic destabilization in the Caribbean. Aside from his academic work, he is involved in a number of advocacy projects – particularly relating to deportee justice, Haitian solidarity and political organization in Toronto’s Caribbean community.