Mission Statement

Working for permanent, non-faculty employees to provide a voice.

The WCU Staff Senate is an elected body of representatives working with university and state-level administrators to communicate the needs and priorities of staff members.

Current Initiatives

 Initiatives and goals for the current fiscal year.

Current Representatives

Elected representatives working in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor and other decision-making bodies.


Leadership Involvement

Direct communication to university and state-level decision-makers.

Past Achievements

Accomplishments, resolutions, and survey results from previous years.


Expand the information about the standing committees and how they serve in a combined effort for permanent, non-faculty employees.

Community Involvement

Reaching out and engaging with our community. Get Involved.

Are you a new employee?

Staff Senate works closely with Human Resources to ensure we have the most up-to-date information for new and current employees. You can find more information to help you get started and get involved.

Staff Senate Blog

Stay up-to-date on the Staff Senate and happenings around campus that affect staff.


Question of the Month October 2023

The October Question of the Month asks what are you most excited about and what is your biggest challenge as we start the fall semester. Please fill out the survey to let us know how you would like for us to serve our campus community. We value your input! The results...

Staff Senate Professional Development Funds Available for the 5th Year in a Row

For the fifth year in a row, Staff Senate has professional development funds available for full-time, permanent staff members (SHRA or EHRA non-faculty) who have been employed by WCU for at least one (1) year in a full-time, permanent staff capacity. Any full-time,...

Nursing Mothers Assistance on Campus

The North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) outlines the responsibility of state agencies when providing lactation support. North Carolina agencies must provide adequate space, privacy, and time to nursing mothers in the workplace for up to one year...

Staff Senate Uses Question of the Month to Give Staff Recognition

Staff Senate used the March Question of the Month to give staff across campus a chance to recognize their colleagues for the hard work they do. The survey had a great turn out with over 40 professional staff members mentioned in the responses. Each staff member...

Staff Senate Summer Question of the Month

The summer Question of the Month is seeking responses to show what staff are dong this summer. Please fill out the survey to let us know what you are up to this summer. Any responses may be used in an upcoming blog post. We value your input! The results we receive are...


Staff Senate is devoted to ensuring the greatest collective concerns of staff are addressed.

You can learn more about Staff Senate and our campus involvement through our webpage. If you have any questions that are not answered, or if you have any suggestions or concerns, please contact us!

Why was Staff Senate created?

Staff Senate is an elected body created for staff members to have a united voice to university administration and an active role in shared governance.  Staff Senate represents the WCU’s permanent, non-faculty employees. The Senate acts on-behalf of and to the benefit of WCU employees by acting as a liaison between staff and decision-making bodies at the university and state-level.

What issues does the Staff Senate advocate for?

Staff Senate advocates for staff based on feedback provided regarding relevant issues to staff. Some of the most recent issues include salary and compensation, paternal leave, paid maternal leave, flexible work schedules, and professional development funding for staff.  If you have a topic of concern, please share your thoughts with us via email.

Where does fundraiser money go?

Proceeds from fundraisers and donations go to The Staff Senate Scholarship which supports currently enrolled or accepted, incoming students who are children and relatives of SHRA and EHRA non-faculty employees. The scholarship is awarded to students each year through the university scholarship application process, opening on October 1 of each year. Award preference is given to the children and dependents of WCU employees, including those of the University’s contractual employees. Please note that the application deadline is February 1 of each year.

What is shared governance?

Shared governance refers to a process in which faculty, staff, and students participate in the issues and matters that affect the institution and have a hand in the decision-making processes.  At WCU, the Chancellor and university decision makers continue to demonstrate efforts to respect and further engage Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association (SGA) in shared governance.

What's the process for nomination?

Nominations open early in the spring semester, typically, in February. The Governance Committee will notify staff members when nominations are open. Staff members can be nominated, or self-nominate, for Senate through a Qualtrics link that is sent out via email.  Nominees will have a chance to accept or decline a nomination prior to the election. If the nominee accepts the nomination, they will be voted upon by the university staff.

How do my Staff Senators work on issues?

Staff Senators participate in a multitude of decision-making committees across campus. These committee provide an avenue for senators to advocate for staff. Senate not only discusses issues internally, we solicit information campus-wide through the question of the month, surveys, and forums to name a few.  Each month, the Staff Senate chair meets with the Chancellor to make sure staff voices are being heard. You can find out more information about our Leadership Involvements here.

What has the Staff Senate achieved in the past?

Staff Senate works with university-level and state-level committees and decision-making bodies to advocate for staff on issues of importance.  Examples include: Employee Reward and Recognition, Professional Development for Staff, Orientation and Onboarding, Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Wellness and Community Service Engagement to name a few. You can find out more about Staff Senate’s past achievements here.

Are meetings open to all staff?

Yes, all monthly General Staff Senate meetings are open to the public. Staff Senate meets on the second Wednesday of each month to receive updates from university leadership and discuss staff members’ ideas and concerns.  We encourage you to attend so that you are up-to-date on all issues and happenings that pertain to staff. You can find more information here.

Share Your Suggestion

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Your Campus, Your Voice!

The Staff Senate wants to keep lines of communication open with the campus community.  We always welcome your ideas, suggestions and feedback.  

Upcoming Meetings

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hinds UC Multi-Purpose Room (unless otherwise noted)

THURSDAY, September 21, 2023
THURSDAY, October 19, 2023
THURSDAY, November 09, 2023
THURSDAY, January 18, 2024
THURSDAY, February 15, 2024
THURSDAY, March 21, 2024

Join the Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance.

If you have any questions or would like a copy of other meeting minutes, please do not hesitate to let us know by emailing staffsenate@wcu.edu.


Meetings Minutes

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the meeting minutes from previous meetings, please submit your request to staffsenate@wcu.edu