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.


Roadside Clean Up Scheduled for Friday, October 8th

As part of the NC DOT Adopt-A-Highway program, Staff Senate has adopted Old Cullowhee Rd from the intersection of Hwy 107 to Bayside Dr. Our first roadside litter pickup will be Friday, October 8th 10 am to noon as part of Homecoming Week. Caravans will leave campus...

2021-22 Holiday Ornament Now Available

  The 2021 - 22 Holiday Ornament is now available for purchase. Manufactured by incredibly talented WCU engineering students, this ornament was created in partnership with the Cherokee Studies Program and Cherokee Center Staff. The Cherokee syllable Ꮻ is a symbol...

Scholarship Opportunity for Staff Members

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship is now accepting applications.  This UNC Staff Assembly scholarship is open to permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees who are earning a degree or other professional certification.  The scholarship can be...

September Question of the Month

The September Question of the Month asks for feedback on your experience on when you became an employee at WCU.   Please share your thoughts. We value your input! The results we receive are shared with the Chancellor and WCU leadership and used to inform the work of...

Staff Senate Ornament Produced by the Rapid Center Students

For the 4th Year in a row the talented students from the WCU Rapid Center fully designed and produced the Western Carolina University Staff Senate ornament. The WCU Staff Senate could not undertake our largest fundraiser of the year without the efforts from the...


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.

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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

WEDNESDAY, September 8, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, October 13, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, November 10, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, January 12, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, February 9, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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Join the Meetings

Staff Senate meets on the second Wednesday of the month.  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

February 10, 2021
December 09, 2020
November 11, 2020
October 14, 2020

November 19, 2020