I am a firm believer that if something truly bothers you, it is your responsibility to do the work to fix it. I have spent my 13 years on campus working on the things that bother me. From picking up trash to igniting University-wide policy improvement, my focus had always been on the things that bothered me. As your Staff Senate President, I invite you to share your challenges, your observations, and your needs because I am ready to work for you. I do not shy away from work that is hard, uncomfortable, risky, or inconvenient. I welcome the opportunity to ask the necessary questions, put in the required efforts, and celebrate the expected victories.
I aspire to affect and facilitate positive change on this campus for ALL staff. I will work toward altering the momentum towards better solutions. I will use this position as a platform to advocate for necessary changes to policies and resources, to push for better staff representation on critical committees and initiatives across campus, and to create more professional development and recognition opportunities for all staff, not just some.
Our charge, as LSU Staff Senate, is to advocate, create awareness, and show appreciation. In addition to those charges, I encourage you to consider engagement as an additional goal. I implore you to engage with Staff Senate as often as your schedule allows because no one achieves anything alone. I want to increase our engagement efforts with other campus organizations to include various caucuses and both Faculty Senate and Student Government because only together will we truly impact positive change. And I want to increase our engagement efforts with campus leadership proving that we are an undeniable resource to achieving the University’s strategic plan and mission.
“If I seem too passionate, it’s because I care. If I come on strong, it’s because I feel strongly. And if I push too hard, it’s because things aren’t moving fast enough.”
Though a fictional character, I have spent my career at LSU striving to work and behave like my personal hero, Leslie Knope. Her dedication, positivity, work ethic, and tenacity are qualities that I hold in high regard creating a standard I might never achieve but strive to anyway. In the series finale, she quotes Theodore Roosevelt by saying, “the best prize life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing.” She adds that what makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people you love. Through my time on this campus, both as a student and a professional, I have developed a love for the people of LSU. I am excited about the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing both with and for you. So in closing, I invite you to bother me with what bothers you, so we can get to work!
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