Staff Senate: Outreach Efforts Depend on Campuswide Participation
Each year, the University of Maryland (UM) Staff Senate works on outreach efforts focused on the community in and around the University. Our efforts are as varied as dinners for the patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) near campus, collecting items for patients at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Cell Phones for Soldiers program, and Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives program, which benefits breast cancer research. In the summer, the Staff Senate also collects backpacks and school supplies for local schools.
This past November, we welcomed Justin Taylor, vice president of the University Student Government Association (USGA), to our meeting, where RMH dinner organizers reported there were not enough volunteers confirmed and Taylor indicated he felt students would step up to the challenge if asked. Several minutes after Taylor sent an email to the student listserv, the Staff Senate had more volunteers than needed to make the dinner a success.
Like the Staff Senate, the USGA sponsors outreach projects to the University’s surrounding communities, such as Project SEARCH where students work with Baltimore City high school students with disabilities. Previously, the Staff Senate worked with the USGA on issues such as the College Park-Baltimore campus merger proposal, and more recently, we supported legislation to halt tuition increases and support for staff on issues such as health insurance and pay increases.
These outreach efforts depend on campuswide participation. We look forward to leveraging the great talent and generosity of the UM community to make these efforts a success.
Campus collaborations are, as Dr. Perman has said, “bringing our strengths and values together to make us greater than the sum of our parts.”
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