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Survey Winner

Thank you to all who completed the Staff Senate Events Survey. Christina Johnson, from the Office of Career Management, Santa Clara Law was the winner of the $25 Amazon gift card!

Get Involved with Staff Senate

Spring is the season for Staff Senate elections! Keep an eye out for upcoming emails soliciting nominations. You may nominate yourself or others for a role on Staff Senate. It's a great opportunity to:

  • Connect with staff from across campus
  • Advocate for the needs you see in the staff or campus communities
  • Stay up to date with the diverse processes and projects happening on campus

Look for nomination emails soon!

Share Feedback with Staff Senate

Send comments, concerns, feedback, questions, or suggestions to Staff Senate by emailing us at or using the form linked on our website.

Key Updates from Staff Senate's April Meeting

  • Staff Faculty Housing Project Update
    • On Wednesday, April 10th the project was discussed in front of the Planning Commission of San Jose, which voted 4-2 to grant approval to continue moving forward with project planning.
    • On Tuesday, May 14th, there will be a broader Presentation in front of the San Jose City Council.
    • Support Card Campaign: Ask your staff senator for cards to express your support for this initiative. 
    • Please submit Support Cards via Interdepartmental mail to Carolyn Jones, Finance & Administration, or give to your Staff Senator.
  • Malley Center Fees
    • Staff Senate's focus in responding to this community concern centers on shared governance and collaboration - see email statement from Staff and Faculty Senate presidents.
  • Cara Uy, Center for Sustainability, discussed the Sustainability Strategic Plan 
    • The plan is focused on operations: continuing what we are already doing, but shifting our framework.
    • The Center for Sustainability offers playbooks of specific actions that everyone can take, large and small, to take action against climate change (see below!).
  • Amy Schachter & Bridget Colbert, Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer Concerns shared information with Staff Senate regarding:
    • The types of Faculty positions at SCU.
    • Key areas of concern that have emerged from discussions: compensation and housing, career security and stability, and voice and respect.
    • Actions and initiatives implemented to address concerns.
    • The University position regarding unionization.*

*Staff Senate does not hold a position regarding AFLOC activism on campus, and this presentation was focused on information sharing. The AFLOC also provided a handout that was made available to Senators at the meeting. 

April 18, 2019 meeting minutes are saved on the Staff Senate Google Drive

Get involved with the Sustainability Strategic Plan by downloading the most applicable Playbook below based on your campus role and choose actions today!

Anyone on campus can earn 9 collectable badges to show off how we're building a more #SustainableSCU!

Start by finding your campus role, view the Playbook and select two actions in each category or commit to one of the identified badge-worthy actions at the bottom of the page.

Our badge-award system is called the Mission Sustainable Challenge, designed to incentivize and reward individual behaviors related to different categories of the Sustainability Strategic Plan. Individuals are encouraged to collect all 9 badges in an academic year or less!

Those who collect all badges will be celebrated and publicly acknowledged at the annual Sustainability Celebration and Champion Awards. (This year, the celebration will be held at The Forge Garden on May 16th at 4 pm.) More details on earning badges can be found here, towards the bottom of the page.

The Staff Senate Executive Team was hosted by JST and Tanisha Sparks on April 3rd. The Jesuit School of Theology is part of the Graduate Theological Union on “Holy Hill” in Berkeley, which includes members, academic centers, and affiliations with a variety of faiths including but not limited to: Baptist, Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist, Dharma, Islamic, Judaism, Natural Sciences, Buddhist, Black Church/Africana. Thank you, Tanisha, for hosting!

Care Week Donation Drive Update

Thank you to all who donated and provided support to the Bronco Pantry during Winter quarter's Care Week! Nearly 25% of college students experience food insecurity at some point in their college career.

The Office of Student Life offers resources to students experiencing a lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food through the Food Insecurity Program and Bronco Pantry. Visit their website to learn how to Donate or Refer a student!

May 16, 2019 at 10:30am
Nobili Dining Room

All staff are invited to attend Staff Senate Meetings. 

Hear updates, share your ideas or concerns, and connect with staff from across campus.

The May meeting includes a presentation from Agustin Ruiz with an update on the HR Workday implementation, and a visit from Father Engh, as he ends his term as President.



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