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The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University.  Working closely with University administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community.  The work of the Senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents.


The Staff Senate works collaboratively with the administration, Faculty Senate, student government, and other university departments to gather and disseminate information on behalf of our constituents.  Once common areas of concern are identified, we work to bring about change that will benefit constituencies across all Mason’s campuses.


With support from the administration, the Staff Senate sponsors annual staff appreciation events, the outstanding supervisor award, and participates in the employee of the month award program.  Staff recognition is paramount at Mason and the Senate works hard to foster Mason’s culture of recognition, making Mason a great place to work

July Staff Senate Newsletter

The July edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available. Check it out!

President Gregory Washington’s Virtual Meet-and-Greet with Staff

Greg Washington is George Mason University's 8th president. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services

Greg Washington is George Mason University’s 8th president. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services

Mason welcomed its new president, Dr. Gregory Washington, on July 1. On his first day as president, Dr. Washington took time to meet with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

In his discussion with Mason staff, Dr. Washington said, “In the end, what makes the wheels turn, what makes the institution operate, what makes the institution successful—that falls on the staff. Faculty do what they do. Students do what they do. But the entity that binds all of it together and ensures its successes is staff.” (more…)

Staff Senate Election

Voting in the Staff Senate Election will begin July 13, 2020 and end on July 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. Ballots will be distributed to constituents’ email inboxes. Each ballot can be completed only once.

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Child Development Center Q&A

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

During the Staff Senate’s recent Human Resources and Finance Panel, a question arose about the Child Development Center. We reached out to Shira Kulok, director of the Child Development Center, for assistance with the answer:

Q: Can you share some context behind recent changes at the Child Development Center (CDC), including tuition rates, reduced operating hours, and discontinued part-time enrollment?

A: Tuition increases result from an analysis of both operational expenses and the neighboring child care market. Our prices have not changed since the 2018–19 school year, yet costs continue to rise. Our new Mason-affiliated tuitions remain close to 20% below the market average, and we make every effort to keep CDC programming affordable. Tuitions this year were raised 5% for the Twos program and 3% for Preschool.

Part-time schedules were eliminated because of enrollment gaps left each year, and a steady loss of revenue. Additional details behind our rationale to raise tuition are listed below:


Human Resources and Finance Panel: Recording and Follow-up Questions

The Staff Senate hosted a Human Resources and Finance Panel on June 25. Panelists included:

  • Deb Dickenson, vice president for Finance
  • Lester Arnold, vice president for Human Resources and Payroll
  • René Stewart O’Neal, vice president for Strategic Planning and Budgeting

View the recording.

As you can imagine, we received more questions than we had time to cover during the session. We are working to address the additional questions received. (more…)

June 3 Meeting Recording and Follow-Up

Thank you to Carol Kissal, senior vice president, Finance and Administration, who joined the Staff Senate on June 3, to discuss planning strategies for fall 2020.  The recorded session is available for review. Below you will find answers to additional questions not addressed during the session. Thank you to René Stewart O’Neal, associate vice president for Strategic Planning & Budgeting, and Lester Arnold, vice president, Human Resources and Payroll, for addressing answers to the following questions: (more…)