September Meeting To Discuss Strategic Planning Process & Timeline, Speech and Expression Guidelines and more!
Monthly meeting: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, Lincoln Park Campus: Student Center, room 325
- 1:00pm - Call to Order
- 1:10-1:25pm - Annual Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning - Sara Hernandez, Assistant Director for Teaching, Learning and Assessment
- 1:25-1:45pm - Results of Staff Council All-Staff Survey - Staff Council Effectiveness Committee
- 1:45-2:00pm - Update on the Higher Learning Commission Review - Caryn Chaden, Associate Provost for Student Success and Accreditation
- 2:00-2:30pm - Update on the Strategic Planning Process & Timeline - Jay Braatz, Vice President for Planning and Presidential Administration
- 2:30-3:00pm - Update on Student Affairs & Speech and Expression Guidelines - Gene Zdziarski, Vice President for Student Affairs
- 3:00-3:15pm - Break
- 3:15-3:40pm - Staff Council Standing Committee Updates
- 3:40-3:50pm - Vice President's Report - Nancy Hashimoto
- 3:50-4:00pm - President's Report - Charles Snelling
- 4:00pm - Adjournment
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Staff Council Goals and Accomplishments - what have we been doing this past year?
Visibility and Awareness
Hosted an emergency staff town hall session with the Fr. Holtschneider to address the university's actions and next steps following the Milo Yilannopolis visit; regarding campus climate, staff diversity, and staff concerns regarding support for our marginalized students (June 2016).
Open letter submitted to Fr. Holtschneider calling for transparency and ongoing updates to address campus safety and address the issues of bias, hate speech, diversity and culture within the DePaul community (July 2016).
Organized staff support to fill shifts for the St Vincent Church soup kitchen for the month of December, when typical student support is unavailable due to the academic break.
Hosted the annual staff Budget Forum with EVP, Jeff Bethke, and Provost, Marten den Boer (March 2017).
Hosted the annual staff town hall with Fr. Holtschneider (April 2017).
Developed visible presence at events through wearing Staff Council branded apparel.
Staff Council representation at the university's Presidential Search public announcement.
Diversity, Mission, and Inclusion
Provided financial sponsorship to five employee resource groups.
Sponsored several university-wide celebrations and events: MLK Breakfast, PDC Diversity Forum, DePaul University's Black Leadership Coalition Annual Students of African Decent Graduation Celebration/Staff Soles, Latinos Empowered at DePaul Students of Latino Decent Graduation Celebration, ELEVATE's inaugural Asian/Pacific Islander Desi American Graduation Celebration, and the DePaul Parent Connection's inaugural "Take Your Child to Work Day."
Presented the annual Staff Council Diversity Award at the annual President's Diversity Council Reception.
Staff Council representation at six Race and Free Speech events
Staff Council representation at ten President Signature Series events
Constituent Concerns and Interests
Appointed 21 staff members to serve on the Presidential Search and Staff Vetting Committees.
Filled 36 staff appointments to open university-wide committees.
Advocated for the re-instatement of the summer hour benefit (Re-instated Summer 2017).
Advocated for part-time staff tuition benefits (Approved, FY'18 budget).
Advocated for increased staff benefits including: childcare, additional two-week maternity leave, and two week paternity leave through University Benefits and Compensation Committee (Approved, FY'18 budget).
Reviewed proposed policy changes to university-wide policies that impact staff.
- Reference Checks and Educational Verifications
- Criminal Background Checks
- Accommodation; Disability and Pregnancy
- Salary Administration
- Employee Workplace Issues Resolution
Collaboration with University partners
Worked collaboratively with HR on the Staff Compensation Program Rollout and communication plans
Collaborated with Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and hosted a pilot Staff Professional Development Speed Mentoring initiative (April 2017).
Collaborated with both Faculty Council and Student Government Association to host a shared governance networking reception (May 2017).
Who serves on Staff Council?
Learn more about who is currently elected to Staff Council, what Committee they serve on, as well as what department they are affiliated with. Membership info includes photo, name, committee, department, and email.
Page 1: Organizational Chart outlining Steering Committee: President, Vice
President, Secretary, and Committee Chairs
Page 2: Staff Council members
Click here for Staff Council Directory
Call for Staff to Serve on the Strategic Planning Task Force
As part of the strategic planning process, Dr. Esteban will appoint a Strategic Planning Task Force to oversee, prioritize and synthesize the work of the strategic planning teams and to develop the draft plan. The task force will be comprised of the vice president for Planning, the planning team co-chairs, three faculty, two staff and one student. The president will select the staff members from a slate of four provided by Staff Council.
The charge to the Task Force is:
- Work iteratively with the planning teams, monitoring and guiding their work
- Synthesize the work of the planning teams and, with additional input from the university community, develop an initial draft plan in February for the president’s review and approval, enabling the president to present a draft plan to the board in March
- Revise the draft plan in the spring, given feedback from the board and the university community in order to develop a plan that that president can present to the board for approval in May
If you are interested in being considered for the slate of four being submitted to Dr. Esteban, please complete this brief submission form here. The submission form will close at 5pm on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
University Board, University Benefits and Compensation Committee Members
Thank you to all who submitted interest in participating on University Board, University Benefits and Compensation Committee, and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group. We were overwhelmed by the number of committed staff who volunteered to serve. We're pleased to announce the new members of those committees:
Natalie Daniels, EM&M, Financial Fitness
Jen Fox, Facility Operations, Housing Services
University Benefits and Compensation Committee
Kristin Melesio, Payroll Services
Abe Reising, Office of Advancement
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group
Jessica Simmons, Steans Center
2017 St. Vin-cent$ Health Benefit Fair!
This year's St. Vincent's Health Benefit Fair will feature an information session on the Consumer Driven Health Plan, chair yoga session to kick start your day, free flu shots, free/discounted wellness screenings, exciting giveaways, raffle prizes, and a vendor fair. Refer to the August 29th email from HR for information on how to sign up for a wellness screening.
The Schedule for the event is as follows:
Lincoln Park Campus
Dates: October 23, & October 24, 2017
Time: 7.30am to 11.30am
2250 N. Sheffield Rd , Chicago, IL 60614. Rm 120A&B
Dates: October 25, & October 26, 2017
Time: 7.00am to 11.30am
1 E Jackson BLVD, Chicago, IL 60604. DePaul Concourse Level.
Staff Council is here to advocate for staff, participate in university governance, and engage with staff about issues faced in the workplace. When it comes to questions and problems in the office or on campus, Staff Council can guide you in the right direction, though it is important to remember that we are neither a confidential resource nor a mediator.