More About Voices of the Staff

About Voices

Voices was launched in February 2005 to give staff, at all University campuses and the Health System, a stronger voice for developing and sharing ideas about the campus community topics that matter most to staff.

For the inaugural year, about 100 staff members from all areas of the university community were selected from staff nominations to become the initial Voices team. Currently, there are about 120 active staff members every year that make up six topic-specific Network Teams.

Two members of each Network Team serve on the Voices Core Team, which has direct dialog with the university’s executive officers several times a year and shares ideas regularly with President Mark Schlissel and Associate Vice President for Human Resources Laurita Thomas.

Voices Mission

Voices of the Staff engages employees by providing opportunities for dialog with university executives and a chance to help make U-M a better workplace.

Voices Participant Demographics

Voices participants are selected from a pool of applicants gathered every year in March. Staff are carefully chosen to attempt to mirror the demographics of the university as a whole.

Voices Informational Toolkit

The documents in this toolkit are intended to help Voices members share the experience and value of Voices with colleagues. The toolkit includes: