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Welcome, Incoming President Glassner! As a staff member at Lewis & Clark, I too have questions about the transportation and diversity issues raised by the other commenters and am very interested to hear your thoughts on that.
Here is my question...Many staff members feel a disconnect from the rest of the instution -- we have few events or occasions for uniting with the students and faculty, or even staff members who work in other buildings, or at other campuses, unless we are directly collaborating on a project. How do we bring our campus closer together? How can staff participate more fully in the vibrant intellectual atmosphere that is around us? In my opinion, this needs to go beyond "attend a class" or go to large all-staff meetings with no meaningful interactions.
Most importantly, how can we make this a meaningful part of our jobs -- so often we are judged on our job descriptions, which don't usually include things like "make friends" or "get to know other departments." I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, as I think the lack of a sense of community is bringing down morale to a large degree, and contributes strongly to turnover.
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