As a part-time staff member, who also teaches in two departments and juggles the demands of multiple jobs and being single parent, I understand the importance of strong support, transparent benefits, and access to resources. I want to serve on staff council to provide better representation for the many concerns and needs of DePaul staff, especially part-time staff. My work in the University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) involves collaborating with staff across many departments, offices, and divisions, which gives me insight into and understanding of the work life, needs, and, often times, lacking support for and representation of DePaul staff.
If elected to staff council I will push for more cohesion among staff across departments and divisions, fight for more transparency about benefits, and bring up issues like affordable options for childcare or paid professional development for part-time staff. Most importantly I would find more ways to provide our staff with a forum to express their concerns and ideas.
I have worked as a staff professional in the UCWbL for seven years, I have been a part-time faculty member in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse for six years, and a part-time staff instructor in the English Language Academy for two years. I have served on the First Year Writing Showcase committee, served on the Teaching in a Global Classroom Committee, facilitated a Global Learning Experience, led various faculty and staff-development workshops, and have conducted departmental assessment.