Employee Council Supports Amherst Uprising

 

Employee Council Supports Amherst Uprising

19 November 2015

Dear Students,

As the representative body of non-faculty employees of Amherst College, the Employee Council would like to express our support for Amherst Uprising and the growing student/campus movement for equity, inclusion, and dialogue here and beyond. We have been inspired to see the movement develop and to hear the stories of marginalized students, and we enthusiastically add our voices to the chorus of support.

The Employee Council has long been concerned with the need for a more diverse college staff. A diverse student body requires a diverse network of support staff, and we pledge to continue to work with Human Resources in this area. As advocates for College staff, we have witnessed and called attention to equity issues as they have emerged among our constituents, especially among our more vulnerable members. Your movement inspires us to continue this work.

Thank you for the work you are doing, have done, and will do in raising awareness of marginalization and inequity at Amherst College. You have our full attention and support.

Sincerely,

The Amherst College Employee Council

Flora Chan, Office of Student Affairs

Bridget Dahill, Academic Technology Services, Secretary/Treasurer

Katherine Duke, Office of Communications

Cassie Funke-Harris, Physical Education, Co-Chair

Jessica Kem, Writing Center

Danielle Laferriere, Dining Services, Chair

Cindy Lepage, Library

Sarah McAlpine, Alumni & Parent Programs, Note Taker

Denise McGoldrick, Health Education

Beth Ollson, Alumni & Parent Programs

Donald Pittsinger, Mechanical

Tracie Rubeck, History

Ramon Rodriguez, Custodial Services

Paul Sorrentino, Religious and Spiritual Life

Employee Council Representatives 2015-2016

Danielle Laferriere, Dining Services, Chair

Cassie Funke-Harris, Physical Education, Co-Chair

Sarah McAlpine, Alumni & Parent Programs, Note Taker

Bridget Dahill, Academic Technology Services, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Flora Chan, Office of Student Affairs

Katherine Duke, Office of Communications

Jessica Kem, Writing Center

Cindy Lepage, Library

Denise McGoldrick, Office of Student Affairs

Beth Ollson, Alumni & Parent Programs

Donald Pittsinger, Mechanical

Tracie Rubeck, History

Ramon Rodriguez, Custodial Services

Paul Sorrentino, Religious Life

Working Groups

Below are the names of each Working Group, its charge, and members.

If you have a question or comment that you would like to direct to a particular group, please feel free to contact a member of the group by phone, email, or in person.

 

Events
Designs and implements Employee Council events like Open Houses and campus wide meetings.
Beth Ollson, chair, Cindy Lepage, Sarah Barr

 

Election
Reconciles constituent groups to ensure equal representation across campus, seeks nominations for positions on the Employee Council, Conducts elections, recommends staff members for college committees who will be voted on by the full Employee Council, and promotes participation in the Employee Council and college committees.
Kate Doria, chair, Jessica Kem, Cassie Funke-Harris and Bridget Dahill, Rod Squire (associate member)

 

HR Working Group
Meets regularly with Human Resources, recommends changes in and offer feedback about benefits, personnel policies and all aspects of the employment environment, and advocates for staff and seek ideas from constituents.  The HR working group will bring constituent concerns to Human Resources but will not negotiate individual grievances.
Tiffani Hooper, chair, Cassie Funke-Harris, Jessica  Kem, Bridget Dahil, Tracie Rubek, Cindy Lepage, Paul Sorrentino

 

Governance

Reviews the bylaws and recommend changes as appropriate, develops and conduct an orientation program for new Employee Council members, and creates and maintain a guide for Employee Council members.

Tracie Rubek, chair, and SarahBarr

 

Website
Maintains the Employee Council website and manages the council's web-based information.
Bridget Dahill and Cassie Funke-Harris

Amherst College Staff Committee Nominations

Amherst College Staff Committee Nominations

A goal of the Employee Council is to provide greater opportunities for a wide variety of employees to become engaged in the governance of the college.  Periodically the Employee Council is asked to recommend staff members to serve on college committees including search and policy committees.  If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to be considered for service, please fill out the nomination form.  Being nominated in no way obligates an individual to serve on any particular committee.

Mission Statement

The Amherst College Employee Council, a representative body of non-faculty employees, works to increase staff involvement in the governance of the College by broadening and strengthening lines of communication within the entire college community.

The Employee Council provides avenues for the college’s diverse staff to participate in policy making, promotes visibility, fosters a supportive work environment, and strives to develop a sense of community among students, staff, faculty, and senior administrators.