As our name implies, EGSA is an association of and for English graduate students. EGSA allows graduate students to come together in a variety of capacities (as friends and colleagues, as fellow scholars, and as members of the department). The various EGSA officers are your official liaisons to the department; they are the folks who organize social and professional development events for English graduate students, serve as representatives on department committees, represent graduate student concerns to the faculty and department administration, and folks who are here to help you.
For more information about our role, check out our mission statement below. Want to know who's representing you on department committees? Scroll below to see a list of current EGSA officers and their committee involvements.
Current graduate students are invited to join our Discord server for community and communication beyond formal emails. For a detailed tutorial on joining the server, see our EGSA Discord Tutorial. If you're new to the department or to Champaign-Urbana, or considering joining or applying to the department, check out our Guide for New and Prospective Students. From getting your student ID to housing, the guide offers an overview of resources for living and working in Champaign-Urbana.
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The mission of the EGSA is to enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of the UIUC English graduate students by:
- Providing training events, academic resources, and mentorship to graduate students;
- Organizing social events that contribute to the graduate student culture
- Facilitating channels for feedback and representing graduate students in discussions with the department; Disseminating information about the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) and university resources; and
- Working with the department leadership to promote a respectful, fair, and uplifting working environment for all graduate students.