Academic Staff Roundtable Discussion with the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate

Thursday, May 14
Academic Staff Roundtable Discussion with the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Union TITU

MASA Members are cordially invited to an Academic Staff Roundtable Discussion with the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate, Dr. Damon Williams.

How do you describe the climate for members of the UW-Madison academic staff? Do you feel proud when you describe your work–or when you explain that you’re a member of the academic staff–to new friends in the community? Here’s a special opportunity for you to discuss your experiences on campus as a member of the UW academic staff.

The Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC) and the Vice Provost for  Diversity and Climate invite you to a roundtable discussion of academic staff diversity and climate issues. Snacks will be provided, and while discussion won’t be limited to particular topics, a few questions to be thinking about are:

  1. As you may know, the new diversity initiative for the UW System is titled “Inclusive Excellence.”  What does “inclusive excellence” mean to you?
  2. If you set out to improve the climate for academic staff at the UW, what steps do you think would be the most important?
  3. What kinds of policies and practices do you think have the greatest effects on diversity and climate, for academic staff and for others?

Please RSVP to Susan Crowley, ASEC Chair, at by May 4 if you are interested and able to attend. Space is limited.

Seeking Candidates for MASA Board

The Madison Academic Staff Association (MASA) is seeking candidates for the board positions of President-Elect, Secretary, and Membership Coordinator with terms beginning July 1, 2009.

The President-Elect is a three year commitment (as President-Elect, President, and Past-President), the secretary is a two-year term, and the Membership Coordinator is appointed for one year. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and may be submitted by a colleague or the candidate. Nominees should include a statement detailing their background and interest in serving on the MASA Board as well as any other information the candidate would like to share with the MASA membership (please do not exceed a half page).

Please send your nominations and candidate statements by May 1 to Valli Warren at  She may be contacted at 262-3773 if you have any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: The MASA Annual Meeting and Luncheon will be held on May 12 and nominations may be taken from the floor at that time, as well. The MASA election will be held May 18 – 22.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Tuesday, May 12
Annual Meeting and Luncheon

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The University Club

Guest Speaker:
Troy Reeves
Head, Oral History Program
University Archives and Record Management Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cost for members: $5
Cost for non-members: $14

We are excited to have Troy Reeves, the head of the Oral History Program, University Archives and Record Management Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison (an academic staff position) as our guest speaker. Troy will be talking about the Oral History Program that has been collecting important recollections of University of Wisconsin–Madison personnel.

Recently, Troy has expanded this program to include the oral history of academic staff governance. MASA members have been actively involved in this project by interviewing current and retired academic staff. This presentation will be very timely.

MASA will pay the lunch costs for any new MASA member joining by payroll deduction, so please invite a friend! New members should complete the MASA membership form and forward it through campus mail. For new members, the first year of dues is covered so payroll deduction for new members will not occur until October 2010.

This promises to be a very informative event with delicious food! Lunch choices are:

  • Three Cheese Spinach Lasagna Alfredo with Sautéed Seasonal Fresh Vegetables, Tossed Field Greens with House Vinaigrette, and Garlic Bread
  • Herb Roasted Chicken with Roasted New Potatoes, Seasonal Fresh Vegetables, and Tossed Field Green Salad with House Vinaigrette

Please register online by Thursday, May 7, 2009.