Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council

The voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University

Advocacy Initiatives

Staff Council provides a forum for staff to voice 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.

Employee Relations

Staff Council works directly with university administration, Human Resources, and other invested entities to facilitate positive employee relations and to promote fairness and adherence to university policies.

HR Equal Opportunity Services

HR Staff Handbook

Carnegie Mellon Ethics Hotline

Staff Council Relations Guidance Advisory Committee

Policies & Benefits 

Staff Council reviews university policies and human resources benefits programs, in addition to hearing concerns and calls-to-action from staff members, to make recommendations to the university administration and Human Resources. 

University Policies

HR Policies, Guides, and Handbooks

HR Benefits Programs

Staff Council Benefits Committee

University Community

Staff Council advises on matters concerning the Carnegie Mellon University community. We are invested in the mission and vision of the university, as well as the well-being, culture, and longevity of the community and environment in which it thrives.

Environment at CMU

HR Healthy Living

Diversity & Inclusion

Involvement in Community

Ice Cream Social

The ice cream social is an annual event hosted by Staff Council for the CMU community. Usually held during Spring Carnival, the Ice Cream Social provides an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about Staff Council and who the Representatives are. 

one photo of a heart-shaped plate of healthy food and another photo of a man, woman and child riding their bikes together along a wooded path

The annual Benefits and Fitness Fair, co-hosted by Human Resources and Athletics, is held in conjunction with Open Enrollment and usually the first Wednesday in November. Human Resources staff will be available to answer questions about benefit plans. HR Service staff will be on-hand to address questions about benefits enrollment through Workday. Athletics staff are there to promote and discuss the various health and fitness options available to the campus community. You can discuss plan offerings with benefit providers and you can visit health and fitness vendors for services and demonstrations.
All Carnegie Mellon University faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

Benefits Open Forum

The Benefits Open Forum is a partnership between Staff Council and Human Resources

Open Forums provide the opportunity for HR to provide meaningful information regarding:

  • Health benefits
  • Tuition benefits

Staff input is gathered through questionnaires and a Q&A session. The timing of the open forum is determined by the topic.


Powerpoint slide with Benefits Open Forum


Staff Council Committees

The Staff Council general body is comprised of a set of sub-committees that are open to any staff member of the CMU community to join. These committees are Communication, Food Drive, Kennywood & Entertainment Discounts, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work, Sustainability and Wellness.
Each committee has its own meeting schedule and some committees do not meet on a regular basis due to the nature of their work. If you are interested in learning more about the work of these committees, visit our Committees page for contact information.