Why Serve?

The staff senate relies on the involvement of staff to accomplish our mission to represent and advocate for unclassified professionals at KU.

There are several options for getting involved. You could join one of the four senate committees, serve as a staff representative on a university-wide committee or serve as a senator. You can join staff committees at any time. University-wide and Senate appointments are only at specified times of the year.


“Tucked away in our individual departments, it’s sometimes hard to see the big picture that is the University of Kansas. Being a Senator has allowed me to network and meet colleagues from all around KU. Unclassified Senate allows me to connect and feel a part of this fantastic educational community.”

 - Adrienne Landry, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies


"Serving on the Senate has given me a chance to have a closer look at how the university runs, what the important issues are for both the university and unclassified professional staff, and the process for effecting change. I have a better understanding of governance at the university as well as new insight into issues facing colleagues from other sectors all across campus."

 - Susan Mercer, Associate Director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research


"Being part of the senate is an amazing opportunity, not only to serve the university, but to develop professionally and meet great people from across campus – people who share a sense of responsibility for their community."

 - Easan Selvan, Associate Director, Information Technology Services