Darini Nicholas (She/Her)
Adjunct Instructor, Social Science & Cultural Studies
Darini Nicholas, President-Elect
I am thrilled to be running for Union Office with my fellow esteemed teammates Elæ Moss, Velina Manolova, and Jennifer Miller. While my position is slated for President, I am happy to say that I agreed to run on the premise that the executive leadership will govern as a horizontal unit. This is a historic opportunity for Pratt to have a Union of Faculty that will not only operate as a collective, but will represent an inclusive body of diverse and expanded membership.
My team and I will embody the transparency we want to see at Pratt. We will invite faculty to set the very platforms we demand. We will fight for pay parity and equity, which will include raising the pay of tenured and tenure-track women by an average of 15% because that is how far their pay falls beneath their colleagues here at Pratt. We will continue our fight for financial transparency for faculty and upper administration. We will invite faculty to revise union and election bylaws, setting term limits for Executive office and holding timely elections. Our executive team cannot do this alone. It will require the shared skill and expertise of us all. We are all empowered leaders in this movement for change.
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Elæ Moss (They/Them)
Adjunct Professor, Humanities & Media Studies
Elæ Moss, Vice President-Elect
Starting in Junior High, I became engaged in service work and activism in New York City and beyond, largely through Quaker, socialist Jewish and Italian networks, as well as via Kinderland’s radical activist camp. Ever since, I have organized and participated in environmental, housing, human rights, queer, trans and disability advocacy work and many other social justice campaigns, initiatives, and rallies in the city and the region.
These passions fuel my interdisciplinary research and practice across the arts and humanities, design, social and citizen science that troubles the impact built, social and institutional systems have on place and people. In my last two decades as scholar and educator, I’ve worked tirelessly to fight for, build, and iterate radical infrastructural alternatives to capital models – in housing, resource sharing, education and learning, publishing, open source tech, and beyond.
Velina Manolova (She/They)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Humanities & Media Studies
Velina Manolova, Secretary-Elect
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As a member of the Communication and Arts Team (CAT) of ACT-UAW 7902, the Union representing NYU and New School part-time faculty, I mobilized faculty by creating political education social media content and facilitating reading group discussions about systemic inequalities within academia. As Secretary of UFCT 1460, I will open up channels of communication, especially around the contract negotiation process. I will also take the long-overdue step of developing a social media presence for the Union, so that we have a platform from which we can apply public pressure to the Pratt administration.
Jennifer Miller (She/Her)
Professor, Humanities & Media Studies
Jennifer Miller, Treasurer-Elect
I’m Jennifer Miller, and I am running with my colleagues Elæ Moss, Darini Nicholas, and Velina Manolova as the Pratt United Faculty Front (PUFF) slate.