Staff Assembly to examine its roles on campus

For its 10-year anniversary, the Staff Assembly is considering some changes in its mission, vision and goals, a university official said.

The needs of the university and the Staff Assembly have changed in the last 10 years, said the Rev. Angela Kaufman, Staff Assembly Chair and minister to the university. Kaufman said the questions the assembly will address in the meeting are whether or not Staff Assembly is still fulfilling its original purpose and, if so, how the group could continue to carry out its mission.

The university’s Staff Assembly, created 10 years ago, is an organization similar to the Student Government Association, but for non-faculty staff.

“We were created to be ‘Your Voice on Campus,’ Kaufman said. “We’re here to be a voice for staff.”

The Staff Assembly’s slogan, “Your Voice on Campus,” is geared toward the 1,310 non-faculty staff employed by the university, according to a human resources report.

The assembly’s mission statement, found in their bylaws, stresses goals that “promote communication and understanding, provide a forum for the expression and exchange of ideas, and address concerns of the Staff with the goal of fostering a superior University.”

These are the areas Kaufman said would undergo re-examination.

Goals for this year are focusing on community and connection, Kaufman said. The Staff Assembly appointed two ad hoc committees to address the assembly’s goals; the Mission and Vision Committee and the Community on Campus Committee, Kaufman said.

The method, ease and accessibility of the elections for Staff Assembly are other areas which Kaufman said would be major topics for this year.

Currently the assembly has some paper ballot components to the elections process, but Kaufman said the goal of the Elections Committee is to try to consolidate the voting into a more efficient method.

New member Gayla Todd, who works in the department for Marketing and Communication, said her department submitted her name to be on the assembly and asked if she wanted to be involved.

“I’m waiting to get my feet wet and see what topics they bring up, I don’t have any preconceived notions right now,” Todd said. “I’m just going into it with a very open heart and open mind.”

Qualifying members to serve on the Staff Assembly must be non-faculty TCU or Brite Divinity School staff working 38-40 hours per week.

Kaufman also said that Chancellor Victor Boschini and Arthur Busbey, the chair of the Faculty Senate, are guests expected in attendance to the meeting.

Staff Assembly Meeting

When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: Governance Chamber of the Brown-Lupton University Union