Staff Council was established in 1971 in order to give staff* a voice in the decision-making processes of the university. The Council listens and responds to the ideas and opinions of staff, and conveys them to the administration. It also works collaboratively with leadership, departments, and organizations to find solutions to issues and concerns that impact both staff and the larger UVM Community.
Staff Council also facilitates programs which benefit staff, including social events, local discounts, the Staff Emergency Loan Fund, the Community Service Award, the Professional Development Fund, and more.
* Although the Staff Council serves as the voice and advocate for all staff, it does not have the same function as Collective Bargaining Units to which some members of the UVM staff belong. Those staff who belong to UE Local 267 are not permitted to participate in Staff Council at the request of their union.
The UVM Staff Council serves as an advocate for staff by seeking out and responding to their ideas and concerns, representing them to the University administration, and keeping staff informed of University initiatives. Staff Council works to create a cohesive community, have a positive impact on staff culture, and promote the betterment of all.
This mission statement was adopted on March 2, 2010 and speaks to the larger role of the Council beyond its charge as outlined in the organization's Bylaws.