October 2020

Message from the Chair – October 2020

Lauren Clark Reuscher, Staff Senate. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

One of the Staff Senate’s top priorities is to advocate for the inclusion of staff voices throughout the different levels of decision-making at the university. This past year, the Staff Senate has worked with university leadership to assign staff representatives to the Presidential Search Committee, the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, and the University Master Plan Committee, just to name a few.

In the same spirit of inclusion, this month the Staff Senate submitted a proposal to the Board of Visitors (BOV) that the Staff Senate chair be added to the BOV as a non-voting representative. With faculty and students both having at least one non-voting representative on the board, this would be an important way to show that staff voices continue to be valued in the university conversation. The Staff Senate is interested in working with the Board of Visitors to continue making Mason an outstanding place to work and learn.

You can view a recording of my remarks at the Oct. 1 BOV meeting (starting around the 11-minute mark). We hope to have an update on this proposal after the December meeting of the Board of Visitors.

Take care,

Lauren Reuscher
Chair, Staff Senate