Aiding Implementation of Strategic Plan Priority #3: Expand Staff Professional Development
Accomplishments include: adding the Director of Human Resources as ex-officio on Staff Council to facilitate better communication between staff and Office of Human Resources; taking deliberate steps to make membership of Staff Council more representative of all types of units on campus (academic, student affairs, and business and finance); making a concerted effort to include more staff members on decision-making committees.
Initiated Staff Council Information Sessions
Based on discussions council members had with each other and within their respective units, three ideas emerged that all agreed could benefit from more explanation and awareness via lunchtime info sessions:
- Life-Long Learning: UM-Flint Staff as Students
- UM-Flint's Dependent Child Tuition Program
- UM-Flint's Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment Policy
All three sessions were well-attended and received excellent feedback in post-session evaluations
Helped Plan and Fund New Lactation Room
Staff Council led the effort to establish a lactation room connected to the women's restroom on the 2nd floor of the Harding Mott University Center. Staff Council, the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, and the Women's Educational Center all contributed to the $5,000 renovation. Vickie Larsen has volunteered to decorate the space with repurposed furnishings.
Establishment of Formal Working Relationship with Faculty Council
At the March 20, 2013 Governing Faculty meeting, a motion was adopted which states, in part:
"In an effort to further the future of the University, Faculty Council commits to engage with Staff Council to identify shared interests and further shared efforts to this effect…"
The initial joint effort is focusing on issues related to "current and future roles of citizenship and leadership at UM-Flint."
Streamlining of Annual United Way Campaign by Utilizing Technology
Staff Council and United Way CEO Jamie Gaskin have collaborated to establish a new electronic process for future UM-Flint United Way campaigns, eliminating paper pledge forms.