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Staff Senate Elections: Nomination Period Open

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2021) — Are you a University of Kentucky staff employee interested in influencing the policies that directly impact you and your staff colleagues? If so, please consider joining the University of Kentucky Staff Senate.

As a staff senator you will be a part of enacting changes to the university’s policies. Past Staff Senate activity has resulted in the shared leave pool, additional days off for holidays and work-life policies that have positively influenced staff throughout the university.

The nomination period opens April 1 and closes April 20. All prospective candidates must self-nominate by completing the online nomination form, and receive support from their supervisor. Voting will take place May 10-21 on myUK and the announcement of election results will be made May 26.

The mission of the Staff Senate is to represent the interests of staff in order to strengthen relationships at the University of Kentucky and foster a climate that promotes and empowers all university employees and students to participate in the decision-making process.

“We are the voice for affecting policy at UK,” said Jon Gent, chair of Staff Senate. “We've helped select provosts, vice presidents, and yes, even the president. We also serve on university-wide committees that shape the future of this campus.”

Staff Senate comprises staff from all UK colleges and units, who gather monthly to hear from UK’s leadership and discuss issues relevant to the university.

“Staff Senate is a powerful way to connect with the campus community and become a better employee and leader,” Gent said.

According to UK President Eli Capilouto, having more people involved with Staff Senate will result in a better understanding of the issues facing campus. “Please consider becoming a staff senator," he said. "We need your help if we are going to live up to our aspirations as the university for Kentucky.”

Still have questions about becoming a staff senator? Join Staff Senate from noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, for a meet and greet! Staff Senate Elections Committee and Staff Senate Chair Jon Gent will be present to answer any questions and offer encouragement. To RSVP, click here.

For more information, please visit the Staff Senate website or contact coordinator Caitlin DiBiasie.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.