Employee Council

Open Letter About Casual Employee Announcement

November 18, 2021

Dear Members of the Amherst College Community,

We are very excited about the recent email from the President’s Office announcing the creation of 26 full time, benefited positions in Dining Services. It is also exciting that 19 of these new positions will be offered to staff members currently working as casual employees. We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the Administration for taking this important and welcome step in recognizing the incredible efforts of our Dining Services Staff. We also hope that this step forward will lead to further review of the College’s casual labor practices and the creation of more full time positions in other areas of the infrastructure.

We would also like to acknowledge that, although the Employee Council has been working with various administrative groups on casual employment practices for quite some time, this important and timely change could not have taken place without the efforts of our constituents, Faculty, and Students working together to bring attention to this challenge. This was truly a community effort and we look forward to more collaborations of this type in hopes of building a more cohesive and inclusive Amherst Community.

Thank you all again for your hard work and this momentous outcome.

Your Employee Council

 

 

A view of the baseball fields at Amherst College

College Staff Meeting, August 24, 2021

President Martin and the Employee Council hosted an all-staff town hall to discuss updated safety protocols and plans for the fall semester, and more.

Health and wellness word collage

Resources for Well-Being and Self-Care

A list of resources to support well-being and self-care, offered by the college and our community, so that we can more easily take care of ourselves and each other.

Mammoth with mask, campus buildings in background

Staff Questions about Fall 2020

Posed a question during the July 24 all-staff meeting that administrators didn’t have time to answer? A newly created page on the Staff Life website—which will be updated on a rolling basis—may have your answer.

Screen shot during Zoom meeting

ICYMI: All-Staff Meeting, July 24, 2020

On July 24, 2020 President Biddy Martin and senior staff held an all-staff meeting over Zoom. Watch a recording of the meeting, and read questions and answers in our new FAQ section. (log-in required)

Congratulations Chili Cook Off Winners

Susan May

Chili Cooks

Congratulations to Susan May, IT, winner of the Judges' Choice Award! Congratulations to Sean St. Marie, Emily Dickinson Museum, winner of the Staff Choice Award!

Thank you to our other chili cooks: Harrison Blum, Religous and Spiritual Life; Susan Kimball, Robert Frost Library; Kaylee Brow, Book and Plow Farm; Stephen Fisher, Mead Art Museum; Jonathan Doyle, Theater and Dance; Bill Cooley, Rental Property.

Special Thanks to our judges: Dina Levi, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; John Longley, ACPD; Mick Koldy, Custodial; Fredricka Joyner, HR; Executive Chef Jamil, Dining Services.

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.