Published: Nov. 6, 2023

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Hello Campus Community,  

Happy Fall to All! With the semester in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to share news and highlights from the work underway on Staff Council: 

  • Professional Research Assistant and Research Associate Representation – Staff Council is pleased to announce that, beginning this academic year, we have expanded our representation to include the Research Faculty titles of Professional Research Assistants (PRAs and Sr. PRAs) and Research Associates (RAs and Sr. RAs). This development marks a significant step toward ensuring the voices and concerns of the roughly 2,000 PRAs and RAs are effectively heard and addressed by university leadership.  
  • Chancellor Search Committee – With the announcement of Chancellor DiStefano’s retirement, Staff Council was asked by the Office of the President to put forward staff nominees to be considered for the Chancellor Search Committee. As this is an important process, Staff Council wanted to ensure that any pool presented was diverse in years of service, job role and identity. Staff Council put out an open call for those interested to apply, and we received close to 60 applications from some truly incredible staff which we sent to the President’s office for consideration. Thank you to all who took time to apply. Individuals selected for the committee will be notified by the President’s office. In addition to recommending committee applicants, Staff Council passed a resolution and submitted it to the Office of the President requesting more equal representation among the governance groups sitting on the search committee by increasing the number of staff and students slots available on the committee. The resolution was passed on October 10, 2023. 
  • 2023 – 2024 Representatives and Officers – Staff Council is thrilled to welcome over a dozen new representatives to the organization this year. Additionally, we have many new individuals taking on leadership roles for the first time. You can visit the Staff Council website for the full list of representatives and officers for the 2023-2024 year. Please do not hesitate to contact your representative or Staff Council at large with any questions or concerns.  
  • Upcoming Blood Drive Dates for 2024
    • February 6, 7, 8, 2024  
    • April 9, 10, 11, 2024  
    • June 12, 13, 2024  
    • August 27, 28, 29, 2024   

Lastly, we have heard from many of you regarding the recent change in our employee prescription drug coverage plan and the requirement to switch to CVS/Caremark for service. In addition to meeting with our system colleagues on the University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC), Staff Council is meeting with CU Boulder campus leadership to discuss the change. We recognize that this has been an impactful change for many, and we will continue to make sure your feedback is gathered and heard. Please visit this month’s survey questions to provide your direct feedback on this benefits change. 

We value all that staff provide and give to the CU Boulder community and are grateful for the opportunity to represent you.   

Best Regards,  

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