July 21, 2021
Sixty-five days ago, I experienced a sudden heart wrenching loss. The loss of my mother; the person I came from and made me who I am today. She was profoundly proud of me and was looking forward to watching me create a legacy and make a difference this year as President of Staff Senate.
I stand here before you all, as the 41st President of Staff Senate, the first Civil Service Staff member to hold this position and quite possibly the first to not hold a college degree, I am ready, willing and determined to lead, advocate, and be the voice for all staff at LSU this year.
I have been a proud staff member of LSU for 16 years; and I can 100% say that I love my job, my fellow colleagues and this university. I do not consider you all just co-workers, you are my family, and I will stand up for what is right and actively advocate for the needs of all staff on campus.
One of my goals and purposes as President of Staff Senate is to be the voice for staff and advocate on behalf of them and all of you. I echo former President Rachel Henry’s sentiments that ‘if something bothers you, it’s your job to try and fix it.’ Many times, you cannot fix it alone and that is where I come in. Come to me with your thoughts, feelings, troubles and important issues that bother you and I will do my best to help you find a solution and make changes where necessary. I am here for you. Let’s work together to make this an even better workplace for all.
This year I want us to work on getting the LSU Faculty & Staff Career Enrichment Award off the ground running. Let’s get these dollars in the hands of staff and faculty so that they may enhance their careers, get extra training, attend or present at conferences. Anything that will benefit them and their jobs here at LSU.
We may not always see things from the same perspective, but I can assure you that if it is important to you, then it is important to me. I will listen, be respectful, be open minded and do everything I can to help attain your goals. It is our job to make a positive difference here on this campus.
Appreciation is something that I feel very strongly about, and I promise to work all year long doing anything I can with the help of you all to show our staff that they are truly appreciated. A little appreciation goes a long way to make someone’s day. Whether it be candy grams, t shirts, welcome events, thank you notes and emails. We will continue to promote the new Staff Stripes awards so that we may recognize more and more hardworking & dedicated staff each Quarter.
I am determined to continue to foster the positive relationships with members of upper administration. They will know who we are, what we do and why we do it. I will continue to make sure we have a seat at the table and for Staff Senate to be heard and make positive impacts here at LSU.
I will close with this quote by the fictional character, Tyrian Lannister, of Game of Thrones, “A wise man once said that the true history of the world is the history of great conversations.”
With that, I ask you all to speak up, let’s have some conversations and work together to be a better campus for all.