The Staff Council Steering Committee is seeking to engage all Seattle University staff in constructive dialogue that helps us move forward with our goal of holding staff council elections within the 2018-19 academic year.
To that end, you are invited to attend one of these open forum sessions on the formation of the Staff Council.
At these forums, Steering Committee members will review work completed to date and facilitate discussion on the following topics:
Each session will cover the same topics, and the presentation and proposals will be posted here on our website.
Seattle University staff have not had a consistent formal representative voice on campus, unlike students (SGSU, GSC) and faculty (Academic Assembly). The need for staff to have a greater voice in guiding and shaping Seattle University has been discussed for several years and was affirmed as a priority for the university in the 2015 Campus Climate Survey.
A steering committee, currently consisting of thirteen staff members from around the university, is meeting monthly in order to lay the groundwork for the formation of a Staff Council here at Seattle U. The Steering Committee has drafted a purpose statement for the eventual Staff Council:
The purpose of the Seattle University Staff Council (SUSC) is to serve as a formal representative voice of our diverse and intersectional staff community. The Staff Council will advocate on behalf of staff and make recommendations to University leadership, including the President’s Cabinet, on all matters which impact staff and/or Seattle University culture. To ensure a positive environment and the personal and professional growth of all staff, SUSC will partner to develop opportunities for staff across all levels and departments.
We are seeking to engage all staff in constructive dialogue that helps us move forward with our goal of holding staff council elections within the 2018-19 academic year. To that end, you are invited to attend one of three open forum sessions on the formation of the Staff Council.
Aug 13, 2018
The Staff Council Steering Committee is happy to report that with its new expanded membership, it continues to work in various ways to maintain momentum on this important endeavor. The steering committee is planning to host open campus forums in late summer and early fall to discuss their ideas and proposals for the election process and structure of the future staff council. Please watch for e-mails, campus announcements, and updates on the website with the dates and times for these forums.
May 29, 2018
As you are aware, we formed a steering committee this past Fall to research and make recommendations on the formation of a Staff Advisory Council (SAC) for Seattle University. A few months ago we received feedback this committee lacked broad representation of staff members on campus. As a result, we committed to adding additional representation and had a great response. Twenty-five additional staff members expressed interest in participating on the SAC steering committee, of which, we selected an additional six members to join this formation group.
Mar 29, 2018