Published: Jan. 30, 2024

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Hello Campus Community,  

Happy New Year! Staff Council is happy to welcome all to the start of the 2024 Spring semester.  

It was wonderful to see so many of you in person at the Staff Appreciation Breakfast in December. What a lovely way to wrap up the Fall Semester! As in previous years, the event was well attended, and campus leadership did an outstanding job volunteering in their serving roles. This event is continually one of Staff Council’s most successful offerings, and it is a highlight of our year. We look forward to hosting other gatherings in the coming year and to continue celebrating CU Boulder staff. The breakfast is a great way to participate, and we encourage you to explore the many ways to engage with Staff Council throughout the year by checking our event calendar and perhaps serving on Staff Council. We will be holding elections in March, so we invite you to run for a position. 

As we start this new semester, we want to share that we are committed to continuing our work in the following areas: 

  • Employee benefits 
  • Providing input into the Chancellor search process via our Staff Council Representative who is serving the search committee  
  • Promoting transparency in communications 
  • Gathering more information about CU Boulder staff needs   
  • Continuing to work with campus leadership to make CU Boulder more inclusive, welcoming and a competitive workplace 

Additionally, we are looking forward to welcoming Professional Research Assistants (PRAs and Sr. PRAs) and Research Associates (RAs and Sr. RAs) to Staff Council. We are excited about this new partnership, which has been in process for over a year. We are eager to help support this population and have them in Staff Council representative positions.  

As we welcome you to the new year, we also want to stress the importance of self-care. The international and political climates in the world and at home are a heavy burden for many, so please prioritize your wellbeing. We encourage all staff to explore the resources provided at CU Boulder. Employees can access the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for counseling and workshops offered by FSAP therapists and their work partners.  

As always, we want to hear from you about what is important to you, what you would like Staff Council to look into, and how we can better support staff at CU Boulder. Please do not hesitate to contact your representatives with questions, concerns, comments, and ideas.  

We are grateful for the opportunity to represent you, and we wish you all a great start to the semester.  

Best Regards,  
Esther Horowitz, Staff Counselor, FSAP
Karrie Pitzer, Sr. Executive Aide, Strategic Relations & Communications
Mike Williamson, Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility Office

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