Dear UPI Members,
As you know, Illinois is in a budget standoff, and the governor refuses to release state university funding for the current fiscal year. Therefore, state institutions such as NEIU are currently working without millions of dollars of promised state appropriations. In addition, student MAP (Monetary Assistant Program) grants have been withheld by the state, forcing universities to cover these grants so that students can continue their schooling. President Hahs has assured students at NEIU that MAP grants will be covered by the university for the spring semester, but, after that, the future of these grants is unknown.
Therefore, the UPI is beginning its Fund Our Future Campaign demanding that the state fund public universities and recognize the value of higher education to the future of Illinois.
The first step of Fund Our Future is demanding that student MAP grants be funded immediately, as a well-educated workforce means a stronger recovery for the state. Postcards asking the governor and state reps to fund these grants will be available in the Village Square this week on T, W, and Th from 11-2.
In addition, let me know if you would like to bring postcards to student groups or classes asking if students would be interested in joining this campaign (an effort that does not violate state ethics policies because it does not advocate for a particular political candidate). If you would like to help in that way, I will put together a packet of information for you, which will include postcards and a statement informing students that their participation in the campaign is purely voluntary and unrelated to classwork or any other activity they participate in on campus.
Finally, the UPI is sponsoring a Winterfest Thursday, 12/3 at 3 pm in Golden Eagles for the entire university community. Please come–and bring students–to have a snack, celebrate the high quality of education we continue to provide at NEIU, and discover the latest on the budget crisis from UPI Local President John Miller and others.
Thanks and let’s stick together through this.
NEIU Chapter, UPI Local 4100