The Staff Senate represents the interests of staff in order to strengthen relationships at the University of Kentucky and foster a climate that promotes and empowers all university employees and students to participate in the decision making process.
- the principles of shared governance
- democratically elected representation
- partnerships with all aspects of the University community
- inclusive decision-making
- work to increase its influence in University-wide strategic planning efforts;
- improve its reputation among staff, faculty, students, administration, and the Board of Trustees;
- work collaboratively to track progress of Work Life initiatives;
- seek to increase input into the executive hiring process;
- advocate with and for staff on issues concerning salaries, benefits, work environment, etc;
- partner with Human Resource Development and University administrators to improve Senators’ understanding of University operations, policies, and procedures; and
- launch a mentoring program pairing freshman and senior Senators to foster continuity of Senate activities.
- sponsoring Staff Appreciation Day and conducting the event in a manner that promotes active participation from all areas of the University;
- supporting the University strategic planning process by enacting and promoting its own plan;
- seeking representation on University committees, most notably committees addressing Work Life initiatives;
- developing and implementing strategies to increase faculty participation in the Institutional Finances and Resource Allocation (IFRA) Committee;
- strengthening its relationship with the University Senate by having a representative attend all University Senate meetings, establishing regular meetings between the Chairs of the two groups, and actively seeking opportunities to work collaboratively on issues facing both populations;
- working collaboratively with Human Resources and other University departments to integrate the new employees from the Good Samaritan acquisition into the University and the Senate;
- increasing its efforts to publicize its accomplishments by means of UK News, Senate Newsletters, the Senate website, and other mediums;
- scheduling University policy makers at full Senate meetings to explain proposed policy changes and attentively responding to such changes;
- seeking membership on the search committees for positions such as Vice President for Institutional Diversity;
- proposing a program that utilizes staff to assist in the University’s efforts to address the issue of student attrition/retention;
- extending a Senate ex-officio membership invitation to the Provost;
- creating a database to track the status of action taken by the Senate and address any unresolved items or issues;
- establishing partnerships with other Staff Senates and Councils throughout the state and working collaboratively on issues that affect all state colleges and universities; and
- developing a Senate mentoring plan workgroup during the 2008 Senate year with approved recommendations being implemented during the 2009 Senate year.
- facilitate open discussions on issues concerning salaries, benefits, work environment, etc;
- collaborate with Human Resources to assist staff members to understand and utilize available employee benefits; and
- collaborate with adult education organizations to increase awareness of and participation in post-secondary education and professional development.
- creating a database to track the status and resolution of staff concerns;
- utilizing email listservs, flyers, UK News, Senate Newsletters, the Senate website, and other mediums to provide appropriate, accurate, and timely information to constituents and solicit feedback; and
- finalizing the redesign of the Senate website by January 2008 and keeping the site current with news, reports, links to University services available to staff, and other Senate business.
- demonstrate a strengthened commitment to the President’s Commission on Diversity, the President’s Commission on Women, and other diversity-oriented offices and committees;
- participate in multi-cultural events sponsored by the University; and
- seek ways to represent the diversity of the University on the Staff Senate.
- actively participating in University diversity-oriented groups;
- seeking representation on diversity-oriented committees;
- staffing a Senate booth or table at multi-cultural events sponsored by the University; and
- employing the Election Committee to produce recommendations on how to increase participation in the Senate from traditionally underrepresented precincts and groups.
- publicize research and its application being conducted by staff;
- highlight the impact of University research initiatives on staff; and
- encourage staff participation in University research.
- actively seeking referrals to current research being conducted by staff and research that has concluded, and whose findings have an impact on staff; and
- utilizing email listservs, flyers, UK News, Senate Newsletters, the Senate website, and other mediums to publicize this research.