The English Student Association (ESA) is a student-run organization that seeks to improve living and working conditions of students enrolled in the CUNY Graduate Center’s English PhD Program by representing the their interests. Representation includes expressing the concerns of the students to the faculty and administration as well as relaying information back to the students. The primary tasks of the ESA are to provide a forum for student concerns, sponsor a network of student mentors, oversee course evaluations, and run the student election process. In addition, the ESA runs an annual conference with faculty participation, open to ESA members as well as students from other institutions.
ESA Constitution and By-laws
Links to current and former ESA budgets and expenditures
ESA Meeting Agendas and Minutes
A list of available meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.
ESA Committee Membership
Former ESA Committee Members can be found here.
See Descriptions of Committee Roles and Statements from current and former committee members here.
Facilitate discussion among members; act as liaisons between the student body and the Executive Officer; organize ESA meetings; serve on the Executive Committee ex officio.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Read applications and work with faculty to make recommendations for offers of admission.
Alternates: Stephen Spencer
Alumni and Fundraising
Maintain alumni contact info; organize career panels, readings, and other social and scholarly events; create a yearly alumni newsletter with department updates and alumni publications.
Alternate: Kate Eickmeyer
Organize and run ESA conference; distribute a CFP; screen submissions; advertise conference; direct participants and volunteers on the day of the event.
“The Vibrating World: Soundscapes and Undersongs”
Conduct the election of student committee members and ESA Co-chairs; Responsible for including any valid proposed amendments to the ESA by-laws on the ballot.
This committee is the chief governing body of the English Program. It meets about once a month, including Open Meetings at the end of each semester.
Alternates: Alicia Andrejewski & Jenny LeRoy
Consider changes in the doctoral faculty membership; publicize searches for new members; make recommendations to the Executive Committee.
Alternates: Erin Garrow & Sean Kennedy
Maintain the ESA library in the English lounge.
Work with the Placement Officer and other faculty members to coordinate job placement efforts.
Recruit potential new students before and during the Open House for admitted students; coordinate the Mentor/Mentee program; coordinate with the Website Committee on materials for the Prospective Students.
Alternate: Shoumik Bhattacharya