Guest Speaker Ariana Ruiz and other graduate students

English Graduate Organization (EGO)


EGO represents all English graduate students, providing a space for dialogue among graduate students and the graduate and writing committees, advocating for graduate curriculum in the English Department, networking with other English graduate organizations nationally and regionally, furthering the work and interests of graduate students in this organization by providing assistance in areas of academic and professional development, and critiquing ideas important to the discipline of English.

The English Graduate Organization is, as the name indicates, an organization whose focus is on English graduate students. The organization meets once a week throughout the school year to plan and discuss upcoming events, allow students an opportunity to share thesis work with peers and faculty, and cater to other needs of the English graduate students. The EGO Conference is a graduate conference the English Graduate Organization plans and funds every fall semester during which students have the opportunity to present papers they have been working on and gain experience in the conference setting. Students are highly encouraged to take part in the conference.

All English graduate students should get involved with EGO in some capacity; if not from a sense of institutional or communal pride, then because EGO offers graduate students the opportunity to build their Curriculum Vitae.

Members of EGO also typically have more intimate relationships with faculty--which can open the proverbial door for other, perhaps more prestigious opportunities!--than do non-members, and are also better acquainted with second-year graduate students.


If you would like to become involved with EGO, we need volunteers to help with each year's conference, please contact us at ego@wiu.edu. Please find us, and "like" us, on Facebook at English Graduate Organization.

EGO Officers 2023-2024
  • Co-Presidents:
    • Isabella Perez (im-perez@wiu.edu)
    • Chris Perez (c-perez14@wiu.edu)
  • Treasurer: Joshua Stinson (jd-stinson@wiu.edu)
  • Secretary: Jailene Gonzales (j-gonzalez9@wiu.edu)

Meetings & Events

Meetings are held on Thursdays, once a month at 4:30 p.m. in Simpkins Hall 25 or on Zoom: https://wiu.zoom.us/j/99621125666

December 8, 2023

Christmas Pizza Party with a movie: Simpkins Hall 220. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

January 26, 2024

English Graduate Alumni Roundtable: Simpkins Hall 214 and Zoom. Time?

February 2, 2024

English Graduate Faculty Roundtable: Simpkins Hall 214 and Zoom. Time?

March 23, 2024

English Graduate Colloquium: Simpkins Hall ? 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

March 27-30, 2024

Pop Culture Association Conference: Chicago

March 30, 2024

WIU Graduate Research Conference

April 4-6, 2024

Sigma Tau Delta National Conference: St. Louis

April 5, 2024

Coffee with English Graduate Faculty: Details to be determined.

Additional EGO Resources