Voices of the Staff, a volunteer-based program that gives staff members a forum for sharing ideas and defining the campus community issues that matter most, is now accepting applications.
Voices of the Staff consists of six network teams, each with a specific area of focus: career development, diversity, equity and inclusion, embracing change, ideal work experience, leveraging technology, and work-life flexibility.
"Voices of the Staff can, and does, contribute to the greater U-M community by providing results based initiatives and valuing input at all levels," says Michelle Chatell, U-M Police sergeant and VOICES team member. "The opportunities to participate and make a positive impact are plentiful. The meetings are inviting, engaging, and enlightening.
"Our group was trusted with an opportunity to participate in the Diversity Summit this past November. We met the challenge of a quick turnaround and produced a workshop that exceeded capacity and expectations."
Network teams are often called on to provide creative and effective staff input, develop resources and special events, and meet with key university leaders. Recent examples include VOICES members developing staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion events and serving on the U-M Bicentennial Committee.
"I can't say enough good things about my experience and hope that more of the university community gets involved," says Chatell.
To participate, interested staff must apply for membership at voices.umich.edu by March 31. The website also has more information about the network teams, eligibility requirements and the selection process.