Subcommittees

WACSS full committee meeting

Meeting Schedule

The committee meets formally every month except December.  There is also an end of the year retreat (June), new year planning retreat (July), and the annual Spring Forum, held in March.

The Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Immediate-Past Officer) meet when necessary and work together to set the agenda. The Subcommittees typically convene during the monthly committee meetings.

Executive Committee

Emily Khan (Chair), Tina Alonzo (Vice Chair), Shannon McGuaghey (Secretary), Ashley Lathrop (Immediate-Past Chair)

In addition to their individual duties, members of the Executive Committee shall serve the following functions:  

  • facilitate the development of projects, policies, and programs;
  • plan monthly meeting agendas; restate motions prior to a vote; and
  • interface with the ex-officio members, their respective offices, and other groups on behalf of the Committee. 

Communications & Marketing (CM) Subcommittee

Ashley Lathrop, Taren Storrs

The functions of the CM Subcommittee are:

  • to manage Committee communications, including brochures, social media, and the WACSS website;
  • to promote WACSS new member recruitment efforts;
  • to assist with the development of the Committee's event promotional materials; and
  • to assist with planning and promoting the Annual Spring Forum.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

Tina Alonzo, Kathy Dorshimer, Crissy Hodges-Chakrani

The functions of the DEI Subcommittee are:

  • to identify and address issues related to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion affecting support staff, particularly women support staff;
  • to champion university initiatives that integrate and support inclusive representation in our policies and practices;
  • to coordinate relationship and memberships with Athena WIN;
  • to stay informed of RVSM updates;
  • to coordinate relationship with WIST;
  • to manage updates to the University's Anti-Discrimination Policies (every 3 years or on rolling annual cycle); and
  • to assist with the development of WACSS events as needed.

Events & Engagement (EE) Subcommittee

Anslee Norris, Arianna Perrien, Lindsey Rose, Penny Shanks

The functions of the EE Subcommittee are:

  • to coordinate all events, including the Annual Spring Forum, Insights Series, guest speaker events, new-year-planning retreat;
  • to co-plan the end-of-year retreat with the MBD Subcommittee;
  • to actively promote and represent WACSS at various events; and
  • to work closely with committee sponsors and ex-officio units regarding joint initiatives. 

Membership, Benefits, and Development (MBD) Subcommittee

Lindsay Hasse, Mary Keyes, Shannon McGaughey, Harmony VanValkenberg, Alison Virag-McCann

The functions of the MBD Subcommittee are:  

  • to coordinate the annual Executive Committee nomination process;
  • to facilitate new member recruitment, interviews, recommendations, and approval (by the Chief Diversity Officer and the new member's supervisor);
  • conduct orientation for new Committee members;
  • manage the relationship with the Emergency Menstrual Hygiene Product program;
  • to co-plan the end-of-year retreat with the MBD Subcommittee;
  • to manage TIAA/Financial Series;
  • to monitor and encourage personal and professional development of women support staff and remain engaged with Human Resources to obtain and share information; and
  • to assist with development of WACSS events as needed.

Committee at Large

  • Be a representative and raise concerns from the unit level and serve as a sounding board to the Chief Diversity Officer.

Subcommittee and Ad Hoc Committees

  • Subcommittees meet as needed. The general time commitment is one to two hours per month. The Chair of each subcommittee will give a report to the committee as a whole at each monthly meeting.