Why I joined the Classified Personnel Council

Story by Adriann LaRue

When a colleague first suggested to me that I join CPC, I decided to do some research and find out what the Classified Personnel Council is all about. I had been working at the University just over a year, and was looking for a way to become more involved with CSU outside of my regular job duties.

I attended my first CPC meeting as a guest and was inspired by the representation from across campus. There were CSU employees from a variety of occupations, coming together to represent State Classified employees.

The mission of the CPC is to promote, improve and protect the role of State Classified employees within the University. The Council advocates for employees on issues such as raises, parking, work-life balance, supervisor training and employee recognition, while also taking part in committees across campus.

Employee councils are a key part of shared governance at Colorado State University, allowing us all to be active participants in changes taking place. I find that with each council meeting and committee I participate in, I learn and understand more about the broader context of campus issues and I help to represent the voices of those who may not otherwise feel heard.

CPC has six committees responsible for furthering the mission of the Council. The Executive Committee, Communications, Employee Recognition, Legislative, Outreach Events and Work Life Committee. CPC Representatives also serve in various university committees on campus, and at a state level, including the Housing Task Force, the President’s Commission on Women & Gender Equity, the Colorado Statewide Liaison Council and many others.

To see the complete committee list, please visit: http://cpc.colostate.edu/about-cpc/university-committees.

Are you interested in getting involved? All State Classified employees who are employed by CSU for at least one year are eligible for membership. There are also opportunities to volunteer with the Council.

For more information on becoming a CPC Representative and the self-nomination process, please visit the CPC website: http://cpc.colostate.edu/about-cpc. Self-nominations are due March 24 – for three-year terms beginning July 1.

All CPC meetings are open to the public. This is a great opportunity to discover more of what we are all about. Meeting dates & times are located on the website http://cpc.colostate.edu.