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Staff Senate invites participation of all staff in shared governance

Michael Benitez, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion, to visit Wednesday’s meeting.

By Rebecca Reid

February 3, 2020

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Senators and all staff β€” including exempt (administrative) staff, classified staff and student employees β€” have the opportunity to participate in shared governance through monthly Staff Senate meetings. Meetings as well as standing and ad hoc committees, yearly social events and professional-development activities are open to all staff.

Join us at the next Staff Senate Meeting, which will include a guest presentation by Michael Benitez, Ph.D., vice president of Diversity and Inclusion.


10-11:30 a.m.

Central Classroom, Room 109

View the agenda

More information

Visit the public Staff Senate SharePoint site to access important information, including the Meeting and Events calendar, meeting agendas and minutes, governing documents, news and the Staff Senate Teams site. Permission to join the site is not required. Follow the group and add the Staff Senate calendar to your Outlook to stay up to date on the latest meetings and events. We will continue to update the SharePoint and streamline communication to ensure transparency and accessibility of relevant information.

What is shared governance?

Shared governance is a privilege and responsibility that we all share at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Shared Governance Policy provides the imperative for the University president to involve staff, faculty and students in decisions and policymaking. To this end, the Staff Senate serves to represent the voices of all staff, including exempt (administrative) staff, classified staff and student employees. As noted in the Shared Governance Policy, β€œIt is through the initiative, participation and effort of all the University's constituencies that excellence is achieved.”

In addition to participation in University shared governance, the Staff Senate By-Laws establish the Staff Senate as a space for all staff to develop their leadership capabilities by:

  • promoting inclusive leadership
  • providing a forum for issue-based and solution-focused dialogue
  • discussing issues that affect University staff
  • advancing institutional priorities
  • promoting employee welfare
  • sharing ideas
  • providing professional-development opportunities
  • recognizing achievements
  • creating a sense of community among staff members

Staff Senate By-Laws

Staff Senate Constitution

Topics: Community, Diversity, Events, Excellence, Inclusion, Inclusive leadership, Policy, Staff Senate

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