Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council

The voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University

Please note that we are not able to provide information about the staff members who nominate you.

I've Been Nominated, Now What?

Congratulations! You've been nominated by one or more of your colleagues, or you've decided to nominate yourself. That's great! Now you're wondering what your next steps are. Well, you can choose to accept your nomination and run for a seat on Staff Council for a two year term. Or you can decline. The information on this page is designed to help you make that decision.

What is the purpose of Staff Council?

The chief purpose of Staff Council is to examine matters related to all staff and to formulate recommendations to the university administration regarding staff concerns. Staff Council representatives provide advocacy on behalf of all staff members and contribute to the vibrancy and well‐being of the entire Carnegie Mellon community.

What would be my role?

The role of a Representative is as follows:

  • Attend the general body meeting on the third Thursday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm (with lunch and networking starting at 11:30am)
  • Serve on at least one standing committee
  • Communicate information to and solicit feedback from your colleagues as appropriate
  • Serve a two-year term (July 1 to – June 30)

What committees are there?

Take a look at the committees and consider where you might be able to share your talents. We will do better work if we learn from the diverse voices in our community. 

What if I Accept?

The next steps in the process are simple.

  1. Use the link in the email you received to accept your nomination by the given deadline.
  2. Complete a short questionnaire to help build your profile page for the elections.
    View current rep bios or see an example bio with instructions
  3. Upload a photo to accompany your profile according to the guidelines on the form.
  4. Spread the word to your colleagues that you're running!

What if I Decline?

Not ready to commit to a two year term? That's okay, there are so many other ways to get involved without running for a seat. Staff Council hosts several events throughout the year including the Food Drive, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and the Ice Cream Social. We also partner with other campus departments such as Human Resources and the Provost’s Office to bring you the Benefits Open Forum, the Benefits and Fitness Fair, the Community Picnic and Kennywood Day. All of these events are free and open to all CMU staff. You don’t have to be a member of Staff Council to help out with most of these events! If you would like to volunteer, contact the committee chairs or email Staff Council.