30 Minutes features a conversation with Miranda Schubert, Leila Hudson, and Felise Tagaban. They are all members of the Coalition for Academic Justice at the University of Arizona or CAJUA. They discussed the issues that led them to join together with others in CAJUA.
CAJUA is a coalition of students, staff, and faculty fighting for equity, transparency, and representation. They say that it is their love for and belief in the university that obliges them to imagine and create a compassionate, collaborative, and just University of Arizona.
Furthering the work of CAJUA, on August 18, 2020, they formed Local 7065, the United Campus Workers (UCW) of Arizona, and became part of the national movement of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Felise Tagaban is Diné, Tlingit, & Filipino. Her mom is from Black Mesa, AZ on the Navajo Nation. Her dad is from Petersburg, Alaska. She is proud to be a guest on the lands of the Tohono O’odham as a 1st-year doctoral student in the U of A Higher Education program. She is also a graduate student adviser for Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency), a multigenerational service-learning mentoring program that equips undergraduate students at the University of Arizona (UA) to mentor local middle and high school students.
Leila Hudson is an Associate Professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences where she is Associate Professor of Modern Middle East Culture & Political Economy. She is also a UA Faculty Senator.
Miranda Schubert is an Academic Advisor in the College of Medicine Department of Physiology. She is a member of the CAJUA steering committee and the union steering committee. Full disclosure- Miranda is a DJ on KXCI’s Tuesday Early Morning Music Mix.
More information is available at https://www.cajuarizona.com/.
Recorded and produced by Amanda Shauger.