News from Staff Council
News from Staff Council

Advocacy in Action

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News for UI Staff
Summer 2020

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Staff Council Prioritizes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In June, University of Iowa Staff Council reaffirmed its commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across campus. We pledged to advocate alongside those who are impacted by racism and other forms of inequities, to take action when their voices are being silenced, and we have been working to make good on this commitment. Read more...

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Check out the New Staff Council Website!

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Staff Council website. It features easy navigation, timely announcements, resources for staff, and links to news you can use. We hope you will find helpful information and easy ways to connect with your Staff Council representative. 

Committee Work - Staff Council's Engine for Progress

A new Staff Council year has begun, so what does that mean for you? It means that Staff Council, through the work of its committees, has recommitted itself to advocating for you in shared governance. How do committees conduct their work? Through your representatives.  Read more about committee Advocacy in Action!



We're in this Together

Resources for Staff

There’s so much information to absorb, it’s difficult to discern where to go for helpful information. The UI Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website has a section dedicated to Faculty and Staff. You’ll find information on evolving university policies and procedures through the Fall 2020 Steps Forward Plan, community health expectations and practices, self-reporting guidelines, COVID-19 safety training, meeting and event best practices, self-care and workplace resources, and frequently asked questions.

Mid-Year Health Plan Changes

Mid-Year Health Plan Changes – Deadline Approaching Fast! With so many emails from the university, you may have missed an important message from the Benefits Office regarding the university’s health plan, but you have to act by Monday, August 31, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is allowing changes in employer-sponsored health coverage. As a result, the University of Iowa will allow, without a qualifying event, mid-year changes to health insurance coverage on a prospective basis. Contact University Benefits if you have questions.


Staff Can Get Involved

Supporting Student Success

Monica Marcelo, Assistant Director Residence Education, responded to our May "Advocacy in Action" newsletter article “Working for the University During a Crisis” with a wonderful story about how co-workers in the Residence Education Department volunteered to make masks for the remaining Housing and Dining residents and then went above and beyond the original ask. Read more...