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Hello Staff!

Summer fun is just around the corner! Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the latest eNews.

We welcome new Staff Senate President-Elect Bill Mains to the Staff Senate Executive Committee and thank him for making this commitment! Bill will start transitioning into his new role over the next few months.

June 20, 2022 will be the first observation of Juneteenth as an official university holiday. This is a result of shared governance at work! We thank Dr. Byron Howlett - Assistant Dean of Student Life (Campus Climate), Office of Student Life - for sparking this change to reflect on and contribute to diversity and social justice in our community. We thank our Senators who held a special meeting on May 2, 2022 to APPROVE Resolution SS.R.20212022.1: Observe Juneteenth as a University Holiday by a vote of 13 Yes, 0 No, 1 Abstain. We thank the Cabinet for listening and working with staff to make this happen. A voice was heard and we came together to instigate change!

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STAFF TOWN HALL & STAFF SENATE MEETING, May 12, 2022

  • Mental Health Resources: CAPS has worked on maintaining an amazing level of resources to our community. Kognito training continues to be available. You can reach out to OSL for a student you are concerned about and can let students and colleagues know CAPS has a 24/7 hotline for help.
  • Special Meeting May 2, 2022 voting results:
    1. APPROVED >>> UPC Charter, University Coordinating Committee Charge: 14 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain
    2. APPROVED >>> Observe Juneteenth as a University Holiday (SS.R.20212022.1): 13 Yes, 0 No, 1 Abstain
  • Staff Senate Survey update: Thank you to our 187 respondents.  Analysis is currently in progress. Congratulations to our 3 Bookstore raffle winners - Allyson Morris, Leah Harris, and Ruth Mikusko!
  • Board of Trustees meeting: The next Board of Trustees virtual meeting is Friday, June 3. The gratitude luncheon, originally scheduled to follow the meeting, has been postponed.
  • Staff Affairs Committee update: Recommendations to Policy 307 have been submitted to leadership. The current Flexible Work Schedule Pilot program is set to expire todayPolicy 623 and Policy 624 are currently under review. The committee also made a recommendation on 4/20/2022 to formalize regular reviews of the Staff Policy Manual.

For more detailed information, please go to Staff Senate Agendas and Minutes.

The Faculty Senate submitted a resolution (see full text here) to campus leadership groups on 5/17/2022 requesting the restoration of employee lost earnings in FY21 due to the elimination of merit increases. The Staff Senate Executive Team acknowledges this resolution and is working with the Staff Affairs Committee to develop a response.

Faculty unionization voting is underway and set to conclude on June 17. To see the latest updates regarding this historic moment, please view the SCU Adjunct and Lecturer Union and President's Office announcements.

Please check out the SCU Events calendar for up-to-date information for campus events in June.

The Board of Trustees’ End-of-Year Luncheon has been postponed (originally scheduled for Friday, June 3).

Staff Recognition Event Is Tuesday, June 14. Please RSVP.

NEXT STAFF SENATE MEETING TO BE HELD June 9, 1:00-2:30PM

This is the final meeting of the academic year and will focus on transition proceedings. Phil Beltran (Director, Campus Safety Services and Parking & Transportation) will be our guest speaker.

Submit your questions about Campus Safety Services, Parking & Transportation, Staff Senate transition items, or any other topics to StaffSenate@scu.edu.

Meeting will be held via Zoom. Link and password will be sent closer to the meeting date.

Have you heard from your Senator about the staff Employee Resource Groups/Affinity Groups (ERGs)? ERGs are voluntary employee-led groups whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the organizations they serve. The ERGs could use help with outreach, marketing, and membership. The Middle Eastern and North African ERG (MENA) and Indigenous/Native American ERG could use help with increasing their membership. A full list of ERGs may be viewed here. If you would like to join an existing ERG or have an idea for a new ERG, please complete this form here.

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