Inside look: Staff Advisory Council
(Dec. 11, 2012) If you're an appointed staff member, there's a resource for you on campus working to represent your interests. The Staff Advisory Council, in place for several years, has a goal to make the University of Denver an even greater place to work. The council includes representatives from each department and division at the University.
The Staff Advisory Council has four major areas of focus:
- To be aware of the concerns of the staff (defined as appointed personnel other than faculty and union employees) relating to the management and administration of the University and to make recommendations to the University administration on matters of concern to the staff;
- To provide a means for the exchange and dissemination of information among and for University of Denver staff relative to problems, procedures and policies;
- To promote unity, cooperation and loyalty among all staff of the University of Denver;
- And to work with any and all similar councils, groups or bodies of the University to fulfill the aforementioned purposes.
Saskia Sawyer, current SAC president, says her focus for her two-year term is on outreach and collaboration across campus. "I want this council to live up to its potential of truly being a place of problem solving, teamwork and future building for the staff by the staff," she says.
Among its accomplishments over the past year:
- Increased membership from 25 to 40 to ensure staff representation across campus
- Increased interaction and collaboration with the Faculty Senate
- Represented staff on several major initiatives, including sustainability, brand positioning, IT governance and DU's wellness program
- Major driver behind professional development programs, employee recognition and employee evaluations and rewards
- Created new social events to encourage faculty and staff interaction, such as the "welcome back" happy hour at the start of fall quarter
- Provided community outreach opportunities to bring together faculty and staff
"I believe in this council and its ability and willingness to work together," Saskia says. "I believe that, as a team, we can make a difference for all of us."
SAC meetings are held monthly, and open to all DU staff members (see the SAC website for details).