It is an honor to serve as UM Staff Council President (2022- 2024). For my term, I am joyful to bring you Staff Council’s inaugural theme, “Striving for Greatness Together.” I strongly believe that by uniting our efforts, embracing collaboration, and fostering a culture of inclusivity, we can achieve extraordinary accomplishments. Each of us is in a position to play an integral role in contributing to the success of our university. From faculty members who impart knowledge to our students to the staff members who ensure the smooth operation of our institution, we are all part of a united team. Our collaborative strength is composed diverse perspectives, experiences, and skills. “Striving for Greatness Together” represents what I foresee our university working hand in hand to accomplish. There’s power in collaboration. Working together, we can overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and create a university that continues to thrive at the forefront of education and innovation. Our goals is to create a sense of community for staff, provide support and resources that enable each staff member to reach their full potential.
As we embark on this marvelous journey together, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the dedication and passion that so many of members of our staff bring to our university. Even though work environments may not be best in some situations, it is our goal to help you hold others accountable. Your commitment to excellence and your unwavering support inspire me to be more, do more, and achieve more. While we know that not every staff member feels valued, appreciated, and rewarded, it is my hope that by we can push others to become better staff members, managers, supervisors, and leaders. There may be some that need a little encouragement, motivation, and grace. Let us stand united, strive for greatness, and create a brighter future for all. There’s greatness in each one of us, and it is up to us to exercise that greatness to bring out the best in others. We are your voice! Feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and contributions to the positive change we seek. Together, we will push the boundaries of greatness and create a lasting impact on our institution and the lives we touch. I challenge you to pick up the torch to be valuable and positive role models. Pay it forward!
Let us continue this remarkable chapter together.
Deetra A. Wiley
UM Staff Council President