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Staff Senate 101: What’s in it for you?

Here’s how the representative group is working to exercise tenets of shared governance – and how you can get engaged.

By Rebecca Reid

November 18, 2019

One Water statue in snow; AES building in background.As Roadrunner employees, we all enjoy the privileges and responsibilities that come with working at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Shared Governance Policy provides the imperative to involve staff, faculty and students in University decisions and policymaking. 

“It is through the initiative, participation and effort of all the University’s constituencies that excellence is achieved.” 

–  Shared-governance policy statement

To this end, the Staff Senate serves to represent the voices of all staff, including exempt (administrative) staff, classified staff and student employees.  

In addition to participation in this process, the Staff Senate bylaws ensure a space for all staff to develop their leadership capabilities by: 

  • promoting inclusive leadership
  • providing a forum for issue-based and solution-focused dialogue
  • discussing issues that affect University staff
  • advancing institutional priorities
  • promoting employee welfare
  • sharing ideas
  • providing professional-development opportunities 
  • recognizing achievements
  • creating a sense of community among staff members 

The monthly Staff Senate meetings as well as standing and ad hoc committees, yearly social events and professional-development activities are open to all staff. 

Those interested can join the public Staff Senate SharePoint site to access important information, including the meeting and events calendar, meeting agendas and minutes, governing documents, news and the Staff Senate Teams site. We will continue to update the SharePoint and streamline communication to ensure transparency and accessibility of relevant information.  

We hope to see you at the next Staff Senate meeting Tuesday from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building, Room 480.  

Topics: Inclusive leadership, Staff Senate

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