Thank you to all members of the campus community who attended a campus forum and/or submitted feedback to the Steering Committee between August and October 2018.
After reviewing all of the feedback from the campus community, members of the Steering Committee presented their final proposal to Cabinet on November 13th for their approval and support:
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 matters which impact staff including 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.
When I announced last week the establishment of the Staff Council at SU, I shared that I would be consulting with the elections committee to select the council’s first president from the Steering Committee that had led the effort to create the council. At yesterday’s event to officially launch the council, I was pleased to announce that Leann Wagele, assistant dean in the School of Law, will be the first Staff Council president. She will serve a 1 ½-year term. After that, the president will be an elected position.
Nov 29, 2018
I am pleased to announce that the Cabinet has approved the proposal put forth by the Staff Council Steering Committee to move forward in establishing a Staff Council at Seattle University. The council will be indispensable in amplifying the voice of our staff, helping to set priorities and the way forward for SU, enhancing the university’s culture and strengthening our efforts to be a more diverse and inclusive community.
Nov 20, 2018
The Staff Council Steering Committee held three open forums over the last several weeks. In each forum, Steering Committee members reviewed the work completed to date, presented proposals, and facilitated dialogue around representation, nominations and elections, and the timeline for moving forward. The Steering Committee is currently reviewing the feedback received in the forums and from around campus as we finalize our recommendations for our presentation to the Cabinet that is scheduled for mid-November. If you have input you would like to share with the steering committee, please do so by Friday, Nov. 2
Oct 25, 2018