Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council

The voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council Committees

There are so many ways to get involved in Staff Council without running for a seat. There are folks out there who want to know more and get involved, but don't really know how. Here is an open invitation to join us, in whatever way you can.

Please take a look at the committees below and consider where you might be able to share your talents then contact the committee chair. We will do better work if we learn from the diverse voices in our community. And don’t forget that all of Staff Council’s General Body meetings, as well as the committee meetings, are open to the CMU community with the exception of Benefits, Relations and Grievance, and the Governance, Elections, and Membership (GEM) committees.

Benefits Committee

The Benefits Committee researches and discusses issues related to the staff benefits package and helps to educate staff on the range of benefits and services available to them. 

The committee hears concerns or calls-to-action from staff members and may partner with the Human Resources Department and Faculty Senate to address issues or proposals related to employee benefits. 

Benefits Committee Contacts

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee provides vehicles and venues to communicate the activities and goals of Staff Council.

The committee advises on message and engagement strategies to build and strengthen relationships, to connect staff with important information and resources, and to provide channels by which Staff Council gathers questions, concerns, and great ideas from its constituents. 

Communications Committee Contacts

Governance, Election & Membership Committee

The Governance, Election and Membership Committee is designed to oversee matters related to the internal operations of Staff Council. The committee supports Staff elections and membership activities, advises on the Staff Council Constitution, and implements strategies and guidelines to achieve operational efficiency within the organization. 

Relations Grievances Advisory Committee

The Relations Grievances Advisory Committee mission is to serve staff by providing information, resources and support in order to create fair staff relations to achieve the university's commitment to quality, ethical behavior, and respect for others. 

This committee is comprised of Staff Council representatives dedicated to assisting their colleagues who think they may have a grievance or who are having workplace issues. The committee is closed to the public for confidentiality reasons, but guests may be invited. 

Relations Grievances Advisory Committee Contacts

Food Drive Committee

The Food Drive Committee is responsible for planning, organizing, marketing, and implementing the University’s Annual Food Drive. The Food Drive usually begins in late October or early November, lasts for two weeks and is open to participation by all staff, faculty and students. The committee members begin meeting in early September to plan and strategize for the drive. Tasks that need to be completed to make the drive successful include: planning the One Can/One Day event at the annual Benefits Fair, organizing Cans Across the Cut, advertising the drive and the corresponding events, and planning the logistics of the drive. All proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Food Drive Committee Contacts

Kennywood & Entertainment Discounts Committee

The Kennywood & Entertainment Discounts Committee plans and organizes the annual employee day at Kennywood Park.  The committee is also responsible for setting the date in June, making arrangements for prizes, raffles and ice cream at the pavilion. View the FAQs page for details.

The committee also coordinates seasonal discounted tickets that can be purchased by CMU staff and faculty for venues such as Cedar Point, Hershey Park, Idlewild, SandCastle, as well as discounts at various vendors and local organizations.

Kennywood & Entertainment Discounts Committee Contacts

Rewards & Recognition Committee

The Rewards & Recognition (R&R) Committee manages the years of service awards that are presented at the annual Andy Awards in the fall semester. The R&R Committee also plans an annual end-of-the-year appreciation lunch for Staff Council members, donates a book to Hunt Library commemorating staff who have passed away in the previous year, and works closely with the Staff Council Communications Committee in highlighting staff achievements.

Rewards & Recognition Committee Contacts

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee was formed in 2010 in order to develop a more comprehensive waste reduction and energy conservation program specifically for staff members working in coordination with CMU's Green Practices Committee. A representative from the Sustainability Committee is typically designated as a liaison to participate on the Green Practices Committee.

Staff Council can lobby to change university policies as they affect staff and the entire campus community. These 'green initiatives' include working to increase CMU's recycling rate, helping facilitate Zero Waste events with Catering / Dining and other campus vendors, and educating staff about alternative commuting and Green purchasing opportunities.

Sustainability Committee Contacts

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Committee

Based upon the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work (TODASTW) program (started in 1993), the campus Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work started in 2002. The committee meets several times throughout the year to plan the event, which takes place on the fourth Thursday of April. But the bulk of the work begins in January and culminates on the day of the event, which can be quite busy, but lots of fun!

TODASTW Committee Contacts

Wellness Committee

The wellness committee is committed to educating Carnegie Mellon University employees about making healthy choices and decisions regarding their personal wellness that will enhance their work experience. Employees are encouraged to take an active part in their own personal well-being and use the resources on campus; by coming to work healthy and leaving healthier. Promoting the free exercise program for staff and faculty, leading the Walking Club on various routes on or near campus and offering a variety of initiatives and interactive programs to keep the campus community informed.

Wellness Committee Contacts

University-Wide Committees

The Chair of Staff Council, in agreement with university administration, is responsible for the appointment of representatives to University Councils, Committees, and Task Forces. The liaisons are responsible for maintaining communications between the respective body and staff council.

Advocacy Initiatives

Advocacy Initiatives

Staff Council provides a forum for staff to voice their concerns, make recommendations, and propose new ideas. Elected representatives work closely with university administration to address issues and develop best solutions for the majority. Great things can happen when we focus our efforts. 

Our Focus: 

  • To positively impact the quality of life of our colleagues
  • To promote the means by which our colleagues realize their full potential
  • To support the mission and strategic vision of the university
Programs and Events

Programs & Events

Staff Council is dedicated to fostering a greater sense of community by providing opportunities for staff to engage with their colleagues, to develop professionally and personally, and to make a positive impact in the lives of others. 

Our Standing Programs:

  • CMU Community Food Drive
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work
  • CMU Kennywood Day

Staff Council partners with university administration and community organizations to provide engagement opportunities suited to the needs and interests of staff at Carnegie Mellon University. New ideas and opportunities are always welcome. 

Shared Governance

Shared Governance

Shared governance is a delicate balance of faculty, staff, and student participation in planning and decision-making processes and administrative accountability.

When various groups are kept in the loop and understand what developments are occurring within the university, and when they are invited to participate as true partners, the institution prospers.

Staff Council is dedicated to giving voice to issues unique to staff as well as to concerns common to all constituencies of Carnegie Mellon University.