Membership Dev. Officers

Membership Development Officers reach out to Chapter members and non members. Our Membership Officers are Rachel Germain and Matthew Unangst. Please feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns.

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Rachel Germain:

Matthew Unangst:

Rachel Germain

I recently graduated from SUNY Oneonta in May 2023 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. I was hired through the Pipeline Program that the college created to try and recruit recent graduates. I started my position as the Financial Wellness Staff Assistant for the Making Cent$ Program at the end of June 2023. I am currently working on obtaining my Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration.

I became a co- Membership Development Officer because I love programming and meeting the needs of members. As a new professional and new UUP member, this is a whole new experience that I am still trying to figure out. I want to be able to help other new professionals and UUP members who are trying to navigate a similar situation. Some ideas I have are more networking events, professional development sessions, and UUP panels where members can ask questions they have.

Some fun facts about me: I have traveled to Europe twice, once when I was 12 and then again when I was 15, and I recently became a certified teacher.

Matthew Unangst

I’m an assistant professor in the history department. My research and teaching focus on transnational exchange in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My first book, Colonial Geography: Race and Space in German East Africa (University of Toronto Press, 2022), examines the German colonization of mainland Tanzania as a project of making space. My new project analyzes the ways that Tanzania, West Germany, and East Germany managed the historiography of German East Africa for geopolitical goals from the 1960s through the 1980s.

I was co-president of my union (TUGSA) when I was a grad student at Temple University. What I’d most like to develop here at UUP is a culture of unionism where members will continue to organize and work together for our collective rights to build a better university.
Please contact me with any concerns or any ideas for what UUP can do to be a stronger union.