Employee Assembly News 12/7/12

Brigitt Schaffner shares her thoughts about getting involved in the university's decision-making process.

Although I’ve worked at Cornell for almost 32 years, I’m just beginning my second year on the EA. Why did I wait so long to step up and become involved? I’m not too sure, but I’m now wishing that I did so years ago. It’s very fulfilling to have a seat at the table and to have your voice heard.

My goal as an EA member is to not only better understand the bigger picture at Cornell and how it affects employees, but to be an active voice in the decision-making process. I have been working closely with the Employee Survey Steering Committee on responses to last year’s survey. It’s been a long process, but I’m glad that we are taking the time to fully consider all options and gather employee feedback. Please watch for upcoming open forum announcements; these will be an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions and give your feedback.

I am also a member of the University Assembly and chair of the Cornell Infrastructure Committee (CIC). The CIC reviews and approves proposed motions related to: environmental impact and sustainability, information technology, and transportation and commuter policies. We are currently reviewing the recommendations from the recent annual lighting survey and rising safety concerns from staff. We are also meeting with Energy Corps on their Revolving Green fund initiative.

How can you get involved? EA meetings happen biweekly on Wednesdays and are open to all employees. A list of meeting dates is at http://assembly.cornell.edu/EA/Home. You can join in the discussion, ask questions or just observe. Can’t make it to a meeting? Please feel free to contact me at bms3@cornell.edu with your suggestions or concerns; I love answering questions!