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Power of Maroon: Leadership Spotlight

Leah Banks

Leah Banks, Library Specialist and EKU Staff Council President, began her career with EKU Libraries in September 2001, Banks, who has served on the Staff Council for the past four years, holds a bachelor’s degree in health education from EKU.

What do you enjoy most about your involvement with Staff Council?
My past four years of service on Staff Council has been such a wonderful experience and opportunity. I can definitely say that the most enjoyable part of serving on Staff Council is the fact that I get to be a voice for other staff members. I truly love EKU, the people, and the opportunities that are offered to each student, staff member and our community. I love hearing the thoughts and concerns from staff members and then trying to find a way to make change for the staff.

What role can the Staff Council play in advancing the University?
Staff Council is very important to this University. Although, most staff are not in the classroom with students each day, many of us are in direct contact and provide many critical services that they need to succeed. I think staff members need to remember that we as staff can influence, support and be that positive influence for students in each interaction. It's also very important for the staff to be informed about what issues the university faces and to understand their role in the university.

What are some of the Staff Council’s major concerns and initiatives at this time?
We are working on a few exciting initiatives this next year. First, we are taking a proactive and supportive role by promoting and serving on the Tobacco Free Task Force. We understand that by supporting this important initiative we are improving the health of staff, reducing our insurance costs and improving work productivity while keeping our campus beautiful. Staff Council will be partnering with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to share information on various health and safety topics on a regular basis this next year. Health and safety affect our work each day but there are also beneficial lessons to apply to our daily lives outside of EKU.

Also, we are hoping to provide an engaging, educational and professional development opportunity and planning a “Day of Service” event for staff. We hope to create an event where staff can give back to the university and the community.

I think the major concern for staff going forward will be the staff equity plan. We have been able to have a representative serve on the Compensation Advisory Group to ensure transparency and fairness throughout the process which has been a great. This is an initiative that is not finished, we still have work to do, but Staff Council will continue to work and be a voice regarding equitable pay.

How can the Staff Council assist EKU staff members?
EKU Staff can become involved with Staff Council in many ways. I would suggest that all staff members get to know the staff representative for your area. Attend the monthly Staff Council meetings - all the meetings are open and the meeting details are posted on the Staff Council website Become involved by volunteering to serve on one of our committees. Contact their Staff Council Representative with recommendations or concerns which pertains to all staff. Lastly, become a candidate! Elections are held once a year, so find out when your representative's term is expiring and consider running.

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Published on February 10, 2014

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