Monica Sestito

Education (Research) Officer

research@gsa.unimelb.edu.au

I’m Monica, a PhD student in the School of Languages and Linguistics, and I’m running for Education (Research) Officer on the Left Action ticket to fight for a university where profit does not dictate our conditions of study and work. As an activist, I’ve helped to organise climate rallies within Uni Students for Climate Justice. I’ve contributed to the No Cuts campaign and stood in solidarity with staff against restructuring and forced redundancies. I’ve fought against the detention of refugees, which has happened literally down the road from our campus. I’ve also advocated for graduate researchers on my school’s research committee for over a year. 2020 showed staff and students what matters to university management. Graduate researchers are often both, so we’ve experienced exploitation on multiple fronts. Amidst a global pandemic, university management dismissed the possibility of universal candidature or stipend extensions. They slashed our jobs as sessional tutors. When we continued to tutor, they stole our wages. And they accepted scraps from the Australian Government. In this context, we need a GSA that prioritises activism. If elected, I will use my position to build campaigns that unite staff and students in demanding better work and study conditions for all.

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GSA Education represents the activities of the Education (Coursework) and Education (Research) Officers, democratically elected by graduate students at the University of Melbourne. Please reach out to us via this page or our emails to get in touch.

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GSA Education Officers stand in solidarity with the NTEU as they fight against casualisation of staff in front of the ridiculous waste of University resources that is VC Duncan Maskell's fully subsidised mansion. ... See MoreSee Less
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What a great victory for student activists at LaTrobe! There has been a bit of a lull student activism in Victoria through the pandemic, but at Melbourne Uni we should take this inspiration into rebuilding a vibrant, democratic student movement on campus. Cone out to Protest the opening of the Menzies Institute at 3!A student led campaign against the undemocratic and university controlled LTSA has resulted in a victory for students at La Trobe. The Student General Meeting last Friday saw 71.9% of students vote to dissolve the LTSA, just below the 75% needed to shut the organisation down. This showed an overwhelming opposition to the LTSA and proved that students want an independent student union that isn’t controlled by university management. Despite the narrow loss at the General Meeting, the LTSA has since announced it plans to stop operating on the Bundoora campus and will return power to the student run LTSU. This is a major victory for students at La Trobe, and the show of mass opposition to the LTSA by students is responsible. Students stood up to the Vice Chancellor and made it impossible for the LTSA to undermine student unionism as intended. ... See MoreSee Less
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