Governing Body for Staff at the University of Kansas

Senate Committees

The Staff Senate has the following standing committees, each composed of at least three persons: Elections, Legislative Affairs, Personnel Affairs, Professional Development, Public Relations and Diversity and Inclusion.  

Any KU staff member may serve on a committee! Please contact if you would like to contribute!

Diversity and Inclusion

  1. Organizes diversity, equity and inclusion training opportunities for committee members and staff senators
  2. Collaborates with standing Staff Senate committees and counterparts in Student, Faculty, and University Senate
  3. Represents staff senate in campus and regional committees and workshops around diversity, inclusion, and equity
  4. Actively works to recruit a diverse and inclusive senate body through outreach and cooperation with relevant campus offices, departments, and organizations
  5. Supports and promotes campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives


  1. Coordinates annual Senate elections, including recruitment of candidates
  2. Coordinates election of officers at March meeting
  3. Maintains records of election results and terms of office

Legislative Affairs

  1. Monitors the activities of the state government on matters that relate to University staff
  2. Reports matters of interest to the Public Relations Committee for dissemination
  3. Works with the Kansas Board of Regents to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and mutual support
  4. Works with the University legislative liaisons to support University initiatives and clarify uncertainties about legislative intent or potential legislative impact
  5. Coordinates all changes to Senate code

Personnel Affairs

  1. Provides an avenue for the regular exchange of ideas on employee benefits, University policies and procedures, and other matters that relate to University staff
  2. Forwards matters of interest to the Public Relations Committee for dissemination
  3. Plans and coordinates professional development activities for University staff

Professional Development

  1. Facilitates the interaction and professional development of all staff by sponsoring educational workshops and programs involving managerial skill building, networking, training, and such other areas as may prove of interest
  2. Serves as a clearinghouse for professional development opportunities on campus and off campus
  3. Forwards matters of interest to the Public Relations Committee for dissemination

Public Relations

  1. Creates and disseminates the Senate newsletter at least twice a year
  2. Maintains the Senate website
  3. Coordinates all mass communication
  4. Raises public awareness of the vital role performed by University staff


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