Open Forums

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, the Steering Committee held three open forum sessions on the formation of the Staff Council.

  • Thu, Aug 23 | 12:30-1:30 | Bannan 401
  • Wed, Sep 12 | 10:00-11:00 | Bannan 102
  • Wed, Oct 3 | 12:30-1:30 | Harding 143 (formerly known as Law School Annex)

At these forums, Steering Committee members reviewed the work completed to date and facilitated discussion on the following topics:

  • Ensuring representation of all Seattle U staff on the council
  • Developing an open, transparent nominations and elections process
  • Setting a timeline for holding Staff Council elections

If you were unable to attend one of the open forums, please download and review the materials shared at the forums:

After reviewing the above materials, we invite you to submit your feedback to the steering committee using the online form or via email at staffcouncil@seattleu.edu.

Forming a Staff Council at Seattle U

Preliminary Phase

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.

Latest Updates

Staff Council Open Forums

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

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Staff Council Steering Committee Update

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

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Steering Committee Update

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

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