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UK Staff Senate self-nomination period now open

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2024) — Are you a University of Kentucky staff member interested in influencing the policies that directly impact you and your staff colleagues? If so, consider running for election to UK Staff Senate.

"These elections are opportunities to serve staff and the university at a level beyond our daily duties and tasks in our departments,” said Staff Senate Chair Olivia Ellis. “Staff Senators can discuss and review issues brought forward by staff while also offering solutions and developing them with administration.”

Elections timeline:

  • Self-Nomination Period Open: March 1-31
  • Voting Period: April 24-May 31
  • Elections Results Announced: June 7
  • The three-year term begins: July 1

All interested candidates must self-nominate by completing the online nomination form.  Supervisor approval is required and can be requested within the self-nomination form.

To learn more about Staff Senate, and what it means to be a Senator, visit the website or attend one of the upcoming in-person or virtual Meet and Greet events (dates and times available via the Staff Senate website).

About Staff Senators

The mission of Staff Senate is to represent the interests of staff 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.

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, increased minimum pay, and work-life policies that have evolved to meet the needs of staff.

More information is available at

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