What would you like to see the Operating Staff Council accomplish in the future and what do you feel you could bring to the Council that would help in achieving those goals?
Recognizing that the Operating Staff Council is representing a widening base of Civil Service Employees, I would like to see OSC develop more intentional outreach to these constituencies. I think OSC does well to be a communication body with the NIU administration. However, I think we have an opportunity to develop and connect members, especially after the pandemic. Additionally, I feel that OSC can do more with its place within the shared governance of NIU. I would hope to bring a voice that is an advocate for our staff and their experiences to improve the working relationships between NIU and its civil service employees. Additionally, I come with a unique role in that I started at the University just after many positions and roles were converted into civil service. I would like to work with OSC to explore and explain what operating staff means to the University and the impact we can make together.
Please describe your experience with committees on campus or in the community and other civic activities in which you have participated including offices held. (Prior committee experience is not required.)
I have served on several NIU campus committees over the last two and a half years:
- Co-Chair, Student Affairs Anti-Racism Commitment Taskforce, 2021-present
- Chair, Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student CODE Curriculum Committee, 2019-2020
- Member, Reimagining the First Year Experience Committee, 2019-2020
- Member, Committee for the Improvement of the Undergraduate Academic Experience, 2019-2021
I also serve on the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO; the regional organization for housing professionals). I have served in a number of roles and am currently the 2022 Conference Chair.