Graduate students key to UI's quality

Graduate students key to UI's quality

I am a taxpayer and community person who has benefited greatly from my interactions with the graduate students at the University of Illinois. I have multiple sclerosis and have participated in many studies/exercise programs facilitated by graduate students.

I have had the privilege of working with students who were drawn to the UIfrom not only throughout the country but throughout the world. The students are dedicated, hardworking individuals who are central to providing the workforce which has made the UI such an asset for our community and a high-quality academic institution for our country.

The students deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Guaranteed tuition waivers, affordable health insurance and a living wage are essential to maintain a quality university for the future.

I was to participate in a study on March 2. However, I postponing until the strike is settled and the students have their rights respected.

WENDY GRAVES

St. Joseph