Voices of the Staff, a volunteer-based program that gives staff members a forum for sharing ideas and defining the campus community issues that matter most, is accepting applications.
Voices of the Staff consists of six network teams, each with a specific area of focus: advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; enhancing the employee experience; embracing change and leading at all levels; fostering learning, coaching and mentoring; leveraging technology; and striving for well-being.
Voices is composed of a diverse population that reflects the composition of the staff community campuswide, including Michigan Medicine. Staff from UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint are appointed by each campus’ respective HR leadership.
To participate, interested staff must apply for membership by March 31.
“Voices has given me opportunities to be creative, take chances and speak up in order to fully contribute to the University of Michigan’s mission,” said Susan Zill, a registered nurse at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
“Through my work with the Voices Program Management Team and my participation on several university committees, including the MHealthy Advisory Committee, I have developed as a leader who can challenge the present in order to enrich the future.”
Network teams are often called on to provide creative and effective staff input, develop resources and special events, and meet with key university leaders.
Recent examples include Voices members providing input on campus climate issues, developing staff DEI events, and serving on selection committees for universitywide recognition events.
“Voices has helped shift my focus from my personal growth to helping those around me grow at the university,” said Dan Rife, building services director for LSA and Voices team member. “And in this way, it has helped me grow as a leader in my career.
“I strongly recommend that any staff interested in making our workplace the best it can be to get involved with Voices.”