Committees Taking Shape

Our annual retreat was held on July 20 at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. If you haven’t been there in person yet, I encourage you to go check it out. It’s free admission to UT faculty, staff, and students with a valid UT ID card.

Before the retreat, representatives had an opportunity to fill out a survey asking what types of issues they thought we should work on this year. We had about 32 of our 67 reps respond. We also brought data collected from our 2016 campus-wide survey to see what issues were still relevant.

Some committees are part of our bylaws (Communications, Elections, Issues, and Resources), others were committees that had work in progress from last year (Diversity, Engagement, Flex Work, Professional Development, Sustainability, and Wellness), and others were created based on new topics (Bylaws, Campus Safety, and Staff Benefits).  At this stage, our committees are still in a bit of a flux as we try to narrow our focus on issues we can tackle. As you can imagine, we received more project ideas than we actually have time for. In addition, we will still continue to work on projects like the Staff Lunch Lotto (lunch with President Fenves) and the ReFresh Project (subsidized commuter shower facilities).

While we were working we shot some video footage to use in some upcoming videos. We want to better explain who Staff Council is, what we do, and what positive changes we’ve had on staff at UT.

We still have about 29 open positions on Staff Council, so if your district has a vacancy and you’re interested in joining us, check out our get involved page.

Our August meeting will be held on the 17th, from 2-3:30 in Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302) and we plan to use the last part of the meeting to firm up our committee projects. Our September meeting will be held on the 21st (same time and location) and will feature Mary Knight, who will talk about UT’s budget and the impact of the last legislative session.
As always, I welcome your feedback and hope to see you at one of our upcoming meetings.
Jaime K Davis
2017-2018 UT Staff Council Chair
Reps hold up signs indicating topics of interest

Groups start to form during the 2017 retreat